Lovely bright, crisp day. Clear skies and sun on the frosty ground. Opportunity for a nice day off doing a bit of riding on my own. What could be better.....?
Went to LBS last night to check why I was having problems adjusting new trail spd's. Turns out the head of the allen key they sold me a few months ago was rounded off. Starting to notice a bit of a trend here and time for new LBS methinks. Too many return visits, too many adjustments required, one thing after another....still, I digress.
So decide to go over to Leith Hill to session some of the bomb holes between cricket pich and Deliverance followed by some longer trails. Parked at Holmbury to get a nice warm up ride up TGW and to the Tower. First problem, chain constantly slipping in bottom two gears in middle ring. Was serviced by different LBS recently to sort this our.....grrh. A least it's only a gradual climb not a v steep one, so third gear ok for the most part and got me a little warmer than usual at High Ashes.
Then bike starts a ghostly wailing sound going up hill at slow speeds. Weird noise as if from Alien and slightly embarrassing when passing walkers. I guess a portable ghetto blaster could have been slightly more annoying for them. Makes me think something is seriously wrong at the front end. Took the wheel off, checked brakes..no sign of anything.
Then the trails and bomb holes turned out to gloopy and not much fun at all. Plus finding new trail pedals a pain if/when lose momentum on a short steep lip and can't get my foot out. Quite a few stupid slow speed tumbles into mud, water and some v spikey logs :-(. Cue ripped trousers and cut leg.
Gave up on the sessioning and decided to go down to WL (boggy run from top of Deliverance down - cant remember name). Top of Summer Lightening com plenty frozen which was nice as I was the first one through all the puddles. But who fattened the step out on the top section? That was always a nice little jump with the choice of which side of the tree afterwards. Flat as a pancake now. Then the mid/bottom section was just gloop, so apart from close encounter with beautiful deer, no fun. Climb back up to the Tower accompanied bu Alien soundtrack again only a lot louder this time. Quick run down windy willows (I think) which was OK but then started climb back up to Tower and the chain snaps! Bllx, no spare links with me. So slow freewheel down to the Lane and down TGW back to Holmbury - good job that was mostly DH, but absolutely frozen by the end.
So all in all, a good day spoiled. It's days like today that make me wonder why I bother with Mtb at all