30daysofbiking day 26 – What a beautiful day to ride! It was a little windy, but it’s almost always windy on the Sunday ride. I’ve determined that Sunday is the windiest day of the week.
We were cruising along enjoying the scenery and all was well. I even bought some new road tires the day before that Robert was going to help me put on after the ride. I’m horrible with road tires. We were set to do 50+ miles.
Then we came to a covered bridge. No big deal, I ride over a covered bridge every day though, not this one.
This bridge has a low clearance, but we were on bikes so no problem. There was a group of people at the bridge taking pictures; I stopped briefly.
When I started moving again I managed to get my front wheel wedged between two boards. It was stuck! I started falling sideways and quickly got my foot un-clipped from the pedal. I stayed upright, but I wasn’t quick enough; the wheel twisted as I started falling and bent the rim. Shit!
That bridge wasn’t that different from the bridge I ride through everyday (below), but this one managed to eat my wheel and spit it back out crooked. Actually, I had to really pull on it to get it unwedged.
So, we were going to ride out another 5-10 miles before looping back, but that changed. We were about 20 miles from our cars and my wheel was rideable but wobbling so we headed back. I couldn’t help but watch it wobbling as I rode. It was hypnotizing and freaky. We slowed our pace just a little and tried to avoid any big (down)hills.
We made it back without any further incident. Next we went to the R’s house. The plan was that Robert was going to help me change to my new tires. We got the back one changed, no point bothering with the front. They were also kind enough to loan me a front wheel AND keep the bent one to drop off at the shop tomorrow since I won’t have time (work). The R’s are great people!
I loaded the bike into my dirty car (bike hauler/grocery getter) with a new rear tire and a front loaner. When I got home I did a 5 mile loop to test it. Perfect! Now to find out how much the wheel is going to cost….I got 7000 miles out of it, so not too shabby.
Thirty days of biking is going strong!