I’m packed. Have my gear, helmet, shoes, gloves, water bottles, everything. I cleaned my chain thoroughly, reinstalled it, lubed it, and tested in for about 200 miles. I’m good to go, right? Of course, the gremlins come out at night.
This morning, I had a few minutes to kill after I woke up, and decided to clean and lube my chain. I clean it. I lube it — with the heavier oil since it might rain, and then try to run through the gears. What happens? I can’t shift into the high gears!! GAH. The rear derailleur won’t budge from the middle cog.
Videos make derailleur adjustment seem doable, but without a work stand, the process would take me a few hours! Who’s freaking out? Me?
Anyway, all the local bike shops don’t open until 10:00 a.m., so I can’t get someone to look at it right now, and my ride is due in 15 minutes anyway. Not sweating…there are bike techs at the rest stops, right?
Now I just want to leave and hope that the line for the technician is not too long so that there’s time after orientation to get to Mr. S Leather for some last minute shopping.