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Aug-02-21 04:23 pm
OOPS
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

I mean’t the chain matching up to the $400 cassette!

(I did warn you guys “Broken Brain”

Aug-02-21 03:36 pm
OOPS
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Comedy of errors. My chain has been falling on the front inside for a few weeks now. I always consider that if it happens only once a ride, it is operator error but twice or more, the front derailleur screw needs to be adjusted (1/8 turn).

So, right before the midway stop, my shifting was poor. I figured the cable was ready to break. Then I noticed a ticking sound and saw one of the chain pins was sticking out and side plate bent. Jim M. had a chain tool (I do not carry one since I have only broken one chain in a gazillion miles) (I broke many tandem chains which is not unusual). I carry many different multi-speed master links so I should have changed it at lunch. But I figured I would just ride the last 17 miles with a tick-no biggie?. Of course the shifting and bent link was getting so bad, I could not pedal anymore since the bent chain would not get through the derailleurs. I had ten miles to go and gave Ellen my keys to pick me up. While waiting, I got the pin back in and figured I would shorten her ride picking me up. Of course the chain got so screwed up and bent that it finally fell off the bike with 7.5 miles to go. At this point, Jim was gone and I had no chain tool to fix it by putting on a master link (I tried to get the remaining pin out with my screwdriver and rock). Ellen tried calling me but my phone watch didn't ring because I only get calls from my existing contacts (I forgot that it only goes into voice mail). To make a long story a little shorter, I coordinated Ed Cahill at work with Ellen H. to pick me up. I owe her big.

Just put on a new chain and hopefully it matches up to the old $400 retail price D/A rear derailleur on my short ride tomorrow. It did match up on the repair stand but that is only phase one, as most of you bike geeks out there know. Working on the road is another story!

Remember-It's A Gift!
MT

Apr-15-20 05:02 pm
Category: Social

Tour de France postponed for 2020.

When I inserted the ride, they were calling for sunny and 50 degrees. That was a push for a very tough ride. They are now calling for 45 and mostly cloudy. I would have kept the ride on if it was 45 and sunny but the bad combination is a little too cold. If there is a 50+ degree sunny Sunday in the near future (almost doubtful), I will post it again. For now, I will do one of the other two ride options posted unless I think of another ride in the next couple of hours.

Sorry for any inconvenience I may have caused anyone. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN UGLY!

The Carroll Manor to Fawn Grove ride is on today, Sunday 8/3/14 at 9AM. There is a small blob of mist from Westminster to Parkton at 7AM. Hopefully, this will dissipate by 9am. I do not see any significant rain over the next few/many hours. I am concerned about the mist!

I will be out there by 9AM with cue sheets.

But-Remember-It's A Gift!

MT

Jul-04-14 06:58 am
Firecracker Cancelled and Rescheduled for Sunday July 6th

Firecracker Cancelled and Rescheduled for Sunday July 6th

Jun-26-13 07:02 pm
The smooth edge is NO MORE!.
Forum: Road Problems

Not with this guy's back! Sue the County!

Jun-16-13 10:33 pm
What a mess
Category: Social

Reminds me of 15 years ago when I was kind of fast. The gang was doing Cycle Across Maryland. It started in Western MD and I was riding away from the group. After the first few days, they took all my stuff out of my large saddle bag and put rocks in it. The next day I still pulled away from the group going up the mountain & got a flat on the downhill. I opened my bag and there were rocks in it and 2 exploded gell packs. I'm standing halfway downm the mountain with a flat, no tubes nor anything else other than rocks and Gu dripping off my fingers. When the gang rode by, they all thought it was funny & laughed their heads off & waived goodbye.

After others (non-friends) helped me, I stopped at a country store & bought a half dozen mouse traps.  I set them up in their sleeping bags while they were at dinner. Some said the next morning that they got nailed with the mouse traps. What I didn't tell them is I got the worst of it trying to set up the traps.

This is the price I had to pay all those years to have so called cycling buddies.  "Are we having fun yet"?

MT
PS-Remember-It's A Gift!

Don't forget to insert Rt 80 in brackets on the cue sheet. I missed it! Didn't know the name of the road was also Rt 80. No mention of the road name at the turn.

Oct-29-12 10:32 am
Estimate Made On October 26, 2012
Category: Social

October 26, 2012

I examined the hurricane in detail. I still think it will hit to our north, a wild guess is Atlantic City (I was originally guessing NY) .  It doesn't matter, either way we get clobbered. There has never been a hurricane like this in weather records that actually angles in so much that it hits the coast at this latitude directly. Even if it misses us & hits to the north, we still will get 60-80 mph winds. It is the perfect scenario for a real mess. We have a strong cold front dipping to our west angling to the east at the southern part & a high pressure to our northeast blocking the hurricane from going out to sea. This will hang around a few days!

So, hold on to your hats, say goodbye to the remaining leafs (& trees). Most of us will lose our electricity for a few days to a few weeks! There is only a 10% chance it will miss us completely. The hurricane winds will cover about 200 miles (900 for tropical storm winds). The important thing to remember is that Baltimore usually only gets a glancing blow from a hurricane since is always comes up the coast or has weakened greatly when it comes up from the land from the south. This one is coming in at a sharp angle from the sea. It is so large in size, it will not miss us. The best scenario we can hope for is to just get tropical winds & only 3+ inches of rain.

THIS IS A RARE BIGGIE!

MT
PS-Estimate 60-70 mph winds and 6-12 inches of rain (20+ locally).
PSS-Hurricanes are impossible to predict since they act like a spinning top. This one is getting closed in with the other weather systems. Therefore , we can predict this one within 200 miles with a high degree of accuracy! At this time, the European model that has been the most accurate the last few storms has it coming in up the Bay directly slamming just south of Baltimore (worst scenario-hurricanes strongest section is the northeast sector). The US model which has missed the last few storms has the hurricane slamming just south of NY giving NY City the worst hit. I'll stick to Atlantic City. 

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to "a spinning top"  (I don't do windows or hurricanes).

MT

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