Good morning kiddies, here is today's quiz.
Q: What do you get when you cross a bent 5mm thick piece of steel rod of length 300mm with a 700mm bicycle wheel rotating at almost 300 rpm?
(Note: I have already removed one of the spokes so I can purchase new ones - I already have some spare spokes for the cassette side at home)
So, I'm riding down the M4 eastbound and I am about 1Km west of Homebush Bay drive when BANG, CLUNK, CLUNK, BANG SKID... I had gone over a nicely camouflaged piece of steel rod which tangled in my rear wheel. Two spoke ends (the bit that the spoke screws into) snapped, some very deep scratches in my frame, and some marks in my rim.
My problem now was how to get into the office. I initially thought to ride slowly to Strathfield station but thought I would not be about to get my bike into a train as they are all very full by the time they get to Strathfield. My only other option was to massage the remaining spokes to get the wheel to spin again (I had to disengage the brake calipers completely). This took about 5 minutes and I was off. I was very nervous as the wheel was clearing the frame by about 5mm. But I made it and I will soon be purchasing some new spokes.
This afternoon though I will be training it to Blacktown and enjoying a nice 5Km ride home before I get to fix my bike again.
There is nothing better than to be face a challenge and overcome it.