Bike chain failure.

I knew I was well overdue to get a new bike chain.  I was planning on doing it in October, towards the end of the riding season.  Fate however, had other plans.  Coming back from a lunch at Cafe Rio, the chain broke.

I’ve had a chain break before on me.  When it did, the chain locked up the rear tire and I was suddenly dumped to the ground.  I was going pretty fast and the results were unpleasant but not serious as I was wearing good protective gear.  I was shaken, but not stirred.   This time, it was strange… engine RPM just ramped up and spun free with no increase in speed… the chain just unspooled off the sprockets.

The bike will go into the shop tomorrow.  New chain, sprockets, tires. (7000 miles of hard riding is evidently the life span of these tires I had.) While it’s in the shop I’ll have them put in some iridium plugs, K&N filter and rejet it.

I think my riding for the year is done.  I’ll hit it again in the spring.

2 thoughts on “Bike chain failure.”

  1. Hmmm.. I’ve got a new chain for my bike that I haven’t got around to installing yet. Maybe it’s time.

    I had a chain break on me once years ago. I was accelerating pretty hard and when it let go it flipped around and smacked me in the ass. Could have really hurt if it hadn’t been for my wallet.

  2. Dude, it seems your luck is running out with your bike with not only things falling off but you getting buckets upside your helmet. I’m praying for you brother…the world is much more interesting with you in it.

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