who spun the crank?
September 3, 2009
Who hasn’t heard that if you get stung by a jellyfish, you should have someone pee on you? Everyone, right?
Of course, Mythbusters debunks the notion that getting peed on will save you, or even help in any meaningful way, except to maybe distract you from the terrible painful death you’re experiencing, by humiliating you a bit before you die.
Well, at this year’s Leadville, urine made a comeback.
Due to extravagant weather, including thunderstorms, sleet, hail, and even a bit of snow, for everyone but Kenny, who rides a belt drive, and singlespeeders, who didn’t really need their chains to be clean, chain lube was more in demand than pepper was to feudal lords. And just as scarce.
But in heat of battle, you make do. Remember in that opening scene of Saving Private Ryan, when Captain Miller needs to attach a mirror to his bayonet to get a better look at the pill box? He reaches into Sergeant Horvath’s mouth and pulls out his gum, and uses the gum to fix the mirror to the bayonet. And later, in the battle for the town, he disables a tank with a “sticky bomb” made out of sticks, milk, and feces. Okay, I made that last part up.
But still. Improvisation saved Private Ryan. And it saved at least two racers at Leadville.
Steve, Mark’s brother, riding a borrowed and very high-end Gary Fisher Superfly, had a hopelessly gunked up chain and no lube. He sprayed the chain with CarboRocket, and his shifting problems were over. Really. It’s not just for breakfast anymore.
Jamie, riding a not-so-low-end Black Sheep, also had CarboRocket in his bottles, but he needed it for fuel. So he did the next best thing–he peed on his chain. Surely his pee had some CarboRocket left in it, right?
While he claims it worked liked a charm, I can’t help but wonder–who spun the crank while he peed on the chain?