Ready to Go…More or Less

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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?

Still, it would be nice to have my high gears for tomorrow morning!! As it turns out, there will be a bike technician (sponsored by Cannondale) at the Orientation day.

Here’s a map of the orientation day set up.

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.

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