Yesterday, I had the chance to go on the Kitsap Kolor Klassic (really, the Kitsap Color Classic), but I didn't.
Excuses were proffered and accepted. I was tired from all the rides I'd done. I needed to work on my deck. I had family committments. All were good.
But in truth, I just didn't feel like a long ride. So, I went out on a short ride (about 30 miles), and 12 miles into it, my bike converted itself from a 30-speed to a 2-speed through a break in my rear shifter cable (right at the shift lever). And since you can't run a chain from the small chainwheel to the small sprocket in the back without a lot of mechanical pain (and risk of chain break), neither of the gears I had were of much use.
A quick look around showed that Richard Dean Anderson was nowhere in sight, so I jury-rigged the shift cable. Here's what you do:
- Shift the bike onto the largest sprocket by pushing the derailuer by hand (watch out for the point parts)
- Bend the cable in half sharply in the middle of the exposed section on the downtube.
- Tie the bent cable into a single knot. This gives you a loop tied into the cable.
- Loop the remaining cable around the front attachment for the cable (where the cable comes out of the sheath from the shifter), back through the loop, and pull it tight.
- Wrap the cable around itself, put it back through the loop, and arrange it so it won't perform minor surgery on your leg as you pedal.
- Ride. You may have to readjust it as you go.
Happy was I that this didn't happen in the middle of a long supported ride. My laziness saved the day!