i'd like to thank KLydesdale for stopping and rendering assistance today out at PLRA. i was on the hiking portion of the trail after the snowmobile tracks veered off from the bike trail and, while climbing a decent sized hill, my chain literally exploded. not in half, but 2 separate pieces. one was about 10 links long. never seen that happen before.
anyway, i put it back together and bypassed the derailleur to save me from grenading it like i did a few years back, switching gears with a chain that was then too short. it was ok for a little while, but somehow i still got the derailleur tangled and broke the hangar. ended up pushing on uphills and coasting on downhills, retracing my route to get back to the parking lot. it was brutal.
he found me somewhere near 2 mile hill and we talked for a few while i took a piece of shoelace and tied what was left of my drivetrain to my seat stay. i ended up taking a short cut down a VERY steep hill and crashed twice going down it. the slow-motion crashes that can only happen in snow. twisted knee, tweaked back and shoulder and sprained wrist. the wrist happened while trying to right myself from laying on my back in several feet of powdered snow. pushed down and arm went thru and fingers caught on something and pushed them back at an unusual angle.
but, i made it. i'm glad that the bicycling community checks up on their fellow riders and offer help when they see someone broke down. so, KLydesdale, i hope you had a great ride today. hope to see you on the trail again sometime. hopefully, when i'm having better luck at this mountain biking thing...