…and a partridge in a pear tree…

Busy doesn’t even begin to describe how everything is.

I skipped the cross race in Northbrook. A lot of things went into that decision. It looked like Northbrook didn’t want to have the race, the course wasn’t going to incorporate some of the cool features it had last year, there were tons of “rules” about where we could park and how we had to act….that’s not cross. I understand promoting is a PITA and a thankless job, but that doesn’t mean that we always have to pat everyone who puts on any event on the back for everything. It smacks of giving every kid on the team a trophy because they tried. I am glad there was a race, but I also think the schedule could have gone with a break.

That said, I didn’t go. I needed a break. St Chucks devastated me in a couple of ways. Primarily my rig.

I had forgotten that towards the end of the race I was feeling some grinding and could swear that the crank was coming loose. As you saw in the photos I let the bike sit with the grime on it for a few days. I knew the chain would be toast but I had planned on replacing that anyway. So I went to swap the chain and found a derailler pulley seized. Hmmmmm……the other was toast as well.

2 new pulleys….

I go to pull the crank to re lube and re-torque the arm. Hmmm….BB is fried. Wow. So much for sealed bearings.

1 new BB…

The brake pads were toast. The pedals were crunching. The wheels were sloppy…..ugh!

2 Derailler Pulleys, 1 new BB, 1 new chain, 2 sets of brake pads, and a partridge in a pear tree.

I will be at the Indian Lake race this weekend. Mrs. P and I are going to a show on Friday but plan on trying to make the party at the resort as well. Haven’t registered yet – debating which group to race in. 30+ and 4b’s, or just one race. Do I want to heckle or be heckled. Some guys I know are doing the 4b’s and it could be fun to go back and do it.

Decisions, decisions.

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