Monday, June 23, 2008
Well, it's been a few days without internet and it's driving me crazy. I have www now but still no email. I bet there will be over 150 emails when it comes back up and that doesn't count the junk.
So, the crank arm blog. Yes, Jackal won. I reached the 7 mile from home mark the other night and noticed something loose coming from the drive side of my bike. Then, the whole crankarm came off.....still clipped in though. Made a quick stop and decided that I had better head home. Put the crank arm back on and began the journey home pedaling with only my left foot. Thank goodness for clipless pedals. About every three or four pedal stokes a slight tap on the right crankarm was needed (with my right foot heel) to keep it from falling off. I was able to make the trip home with only having to walk up the steeper climbs. The ride home was double the time of the ride out.
Forgot to mention that while limping home I thought, "What if the other arm is loose? Crap!" So, I took a quick peek. Oh my! There's not even a bolt there! Then it hit me, I took the bolts out to put on my temporary TT bike. Hmm...now what? Luckily the left arm never came loose.
I did learn a valuable lesson in the midst of my worry.......never borrow bolts for another bike.