More exciting than it should have been

We did a 63 mile round trip via Henfold lakes but out via a strange route taking in Ripley, Newlands Corner and then Cranleigh. When descending what is a very exciting hill towards Cranleigh doing 40mph I had the added thrill of hitting a large stone in the road and having my front tyre deflate instantly. As I braked as hard as I could using my back brake and slowed very slowly I was able to see the tyre not coming off the rim but also not doing much in the way of letting me steer around the bend that was approaching. The odd thing was what went through my mind was the question: ¨Am I using the rear brake?¨, which I was. Thankfully the rear brake was able to overcome the 1:7 hill and bring me to a halt before the tyre came off or I hit anything. A tribute to continental GP4000s ability to be ridden when flat.

When I went to put the wheel back on after fixing the tube the spring on the front brake decided to brake. I can´t really complain since it is 9 years old but it is the first time I have every had a brake spring fail (Campagnolo Record) I should be able to get a new spring if my local bike shop comes good with stocking Campagnolo spares, something they say they are going to do. The failure meant that if I used the front brake I had to manually spring the callipers apart for the rest of the ride. Not hard to do but enough to mean I wont be commuting on the bike again this year. I now have quite a large number of things to fix on my summer bike although not enough to let me upgrade to the new 11 speed Campagnolo group set, alas.

The rest of the ride was uneventful and we were able to take advantage of the Indain Summer we appear to be having.

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