July 26, 27 and 28, 2013
Location = Sandia Peak Distance = 22.5 Time = Ave. Speed = Max. Speed = Monthly Dist. = 100.80 Yearly Dist. = 640.73
My speedometer never recovered from last week's rain, even with a new battery. I'll try to get a new one nest week. The distance is an estimate of going down King of the Mountain twice, and Golden Eagle once.
Friday's ride down King was horrible. It had rained hard in the afternoon and we ended up closing early and shuttling our customers around in the Suburban. It had stopped raining by the time I started down, but the trail was a muddy mess. I had to go very slowly because of how slippery conditions were, and I had to walk up just about every uphill section because I had no traction. It seemed like it took forever to get to the bottom. I had to hose my bike off when I got there, and that is never a good thing.
Saturday's ride down King was much better than Friday's. The trail was mostly dried out and offered great traction. There were only a few places where there were puddles of mud. There was one place where I came around a curve and there was a deer standing next to the trail. He didn't run away until I passed him with about three feet of space between us. At about the one mile mark I started to feel my front wheel become squishy and I knew that I was getting a flat tire. I rode on it as far as I could and right at the shack on mid-4 I got off and walked. I could see most of the rest of the trail from there and I felt pretty safe that there was no one injured on what was left of the trail.
We had two ski patrollers show up on Sunday so I didn't have to sweep, just ride down to the bottom. I headed down Golden Eagle and it quickly became apparent that my rear hub was messed up. Every time I tried to freewheel (coast), with any speed at all, the pawls inside the hub would make bad noises. The only way to prevent the bad noise was to keep the crank arms turning, even as I was going downhill. This was a nuisance but I went slowly and managed to make it down without having to walk.
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