Dare Mighty Things

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." -Teddy Roosevelt

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Oh my aching derailleur

Bikes never seem to find a good time to break. Brayden and I are scheduled to race at the Pat's Peak Mountain Bike Race this Saturday (right...in less than 48 hours). This afternoon while finishing one last ride before race day my rear derailleur contorted in a position not typically compatible with lightweight alloy. The good news is the $25 derailleur hanger broke sparing my $125 Shadow XT . The bad news is I have one day to 1.) find a replacement, and 2.) re-install the derailleur and cable. In an eerily similar circumstance I shredded by last derailleur on a pre-ride of the 24 Hours of Great Glen course. A pre-ride! Not to be defeated I purchased a new set-up (my current XT) on site and raced without incident. Can you imagine a pair of running shoes crapping the bed two days before a race? Now I think I understand my running friends not understanding me.


  1. Hey Chris-

    Not related to the blog sorry, but Gmail isnät working internationaly on the computer we have acess to in finland. We placed 6th overall in the wifecarry, and were the 1st international team. Pretty good but the real benifit was the drive to be more competetive next year! The N.A. contest is in Oct. We'll start training when we get back. Lots of picture (death race too) and stories when we get back. - ri and sarah

  2. hey folks...yeah, i looked your results up earlier in the week and sent an e-mail to the entire acidotic RACING family. you guys are stars back here in the states! i'm very proud of you. can't wait to see the pictures and hear the stories. safe travels.