I’ve really enjoyed riding my bike in the cold weather the past couple days.  I love the cold air in my lungs!

Here’s what happened on the way home, though.  I was just be-bopping along like I always do when the pedals just jammed up.  That’s never a good sign.  I look down at the chain and realize I’ve got a problem.  I was riding my snow bike (a mistake since the snow is pretty much gone….), which is notoriously poorly maintained.
Long story short, my chain snapped in half and I was stuck.
I did what anyone else would have done:  I draped my broken chain over the chain link fence. If you’re biking along the Midtown Greeway near between Lake of the Isles and Glenwood Parkway, keep an eye out for my chain – it’s a memorial to abandoned cyclists everywhere.
First, I tried shuffling myself along the trail without pedaling like I was riding one of these:
But turns out, that’s hard work, y’all.  Plus I kept banging my shins on the pedals.  Ouch.
So I took the bus home instead.  The End.

4 thoughts on “Stranded”

  1. I must admit, I'm surprised. I don't ride a bike nearly as often as you (not even close), but I ALWAYS have my crank-bros multi-tool. I can fix almost anything on the trail temporarily (at least well enough to get home). A broken chain is literally the easiest thing to fix on the trail — if something breaks, I want it to be the chain and it frequently is (I've fixed several on the trail just this year, although none were mine).

    Maybe it's something inherently different between mountain biking and commuting, but is there a reason you don't carry a really simple, small multi-tool to keep yourself from being stranded?

  2. Well… it's primarily because I don't own a simple, small multi-tool. I'm just too cheap to buy one. You're right – chains are totally easy to fix temporarily…

  3. Sorry, didn't mean to sound insulting. This: is the tool I use. I picked it up a while back for about $15 — I know several LBSs in the area carry it and recommend it. I do recall, however, that there were several nuts on my old Schwinn that it did not fit, so YMMV; it fits everything on my other bikes.

  4. Forget the multi-tool, you need a crank puller. Once you have those off just tell people you're riding a draisine. And make sure to lower your seat a little bit.

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