Rounded off my 2013 exploits over the border in Sussex with an "interesting" episode. On Tuesday I stupidly left my mini pump at home when packing my kit bag (I didn't realise this until I was on the train) - Sod's Law dictates of course that it would be one of the rare occasions I get a puncture, which happened en route to race HQ. Managed to flag down someone with a pump and fitted the spare tube. A short distance down the road, the back tyre flattens again, as I managed to pick up a tube lying around at home that already had a puncture.
Fortunately two more helpful cyclists passing by helped to sort matters out, although in my haste to get the wheel back in and make it to HQ I didn't make a proper job of it and jammed the rear mech resulting in it being a bit bent.
Arrived at HQ 5 mins after the first rider had already set off. Fortunately due to a no-show from a pre-entered rider there was a slot to spare so was able to race after all. Zoomed along to the start area (a couple of miles from HQ), and only had time to hear "....3-2-1-go!" before clipping back into the pedals and heading off. I eventually clocked 26m17s for 10 miles, not bad on my usual choice of "road bike without aero widgets". Final event in the series for this year so most of us decamped to the local boozer for a couple of well-earned pints. Caught the last available train of the day and made it to my front door at about 12:45 in the morning!!
Unfortunately despite some attempts to fix it, the rear mech has now well and truly had it - it was a Sachs New Success one so am rather gutted about that. Robbed a presentable looking Sachs Centera (short cage, of course!) one off another of my bikes in order to keep on the move (and fitted some Tacx jockey wheels to spruce it up), now awaiting a cheap, cheerful and scuffed Sachs 6000 mech to arrive from eBay to make the "donor" bike fit for use again....
And after all of that excitement and parts-swapping, it's only about 2 weeks until my cyclo-cross season begins!!
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