Going south on Slittery, Eric had a flat. I asked of no one in particular if we should stop and Mitch said no, the policy was changed and we no longer should wait for flat fixers, so we kept going. Going east on Westfall, Mitch had a flat and so while Jeff and Ryan stopped, those still in the group.....
I've thought that I've been very fortunate with mechanicals, probably benefiting from having quality components on my bikes but my luck ran out. Patrick and Steve stopped and a big thanks to Patrick for guiding me through shortening the chain to turn the bike into a single speed, while also removing the appropriate components. What a great guy! It just so happened, Aaron, who lives on Amanda Northern and was out on a solo ride, stopped too and offered to go get his vehicle and come pick me up. What a great guy! Patrick and I got my bike in ridable condition and took off. He was riding with me but I urged him to go on, telling him Mitch and those guys would come by soon and they would not abandon me, so Patrick took off.
Once I got on Amanda Northern, Mitch and those guys approached, passed, there was some laughter and they kept going. In fairness, how were they to know I was having a problem. I mean, that motley crew pass me like I'm standing still, all the time, well no, not really. With a ridable bike I was ok but the chain was jumping around on 3-4 different cogs and once lodged between two cogs, forcing me to remove my back wheel to dislodge. About the time I began wondering if I was going to get back before dark, Aaron came by, picked me up and deposited me in Canal.
So, my bike has been fixed but it is only temporary. Part of the frame did break when the derailleur snapped off. I've heard Trek continues to have bottom bracket issues on their new frames so reluctantly, I'm going to have to quit that bike brand and try something new. Let's see, I see a lot of Massi frames but most of the people who ride those are notorious short cutters and I don't want to take the chance the frame is contributing. Rick Miller sells BH frames, so maybe that's a good option. Of course, at my level, it's not like the frame makes a bunch of a diff anyway so maybe a Huffy is in order.