Breaking chains

A warm, very warm for this time of year, 52 mile ride with 8 riders. We went out over White Down the descent being unpleasant thanks to the damp road with signs of oil making the hairpin after the Pill Box particularly entertaining. Then over the A25 though Holmbury St Mary, Forest Green, Ockley and round to Henfold Lakes.

The usual return trip was interrupted by a puncture, hardly newsworthy, then during the quick sprint up the hill into Leatherhead a snapped chain. Once again it was one in the eye for those who laugh about the tool kit I carry. So rather than calling for a Taxi we repaired the broken chain by taking a link out (I was on my old tourer so the spare chain links I had were for a 5-7 speed chain not an 8-9 speed chain) and continued on our way. Breaking a chain is a great excuse reason to not compete on any of the climbs.

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