Yesterday I headed for a ride to Seymour, for the 1st time in a few months. I was on a tight timeline, had to be back in time to pick kids up from various activities as my wife was flying out for work while I was away riding. So like any rationale individual with a 3 and a bit hour window to get out for a ride, I decided to leave my car at home and ride from my East Van Hovel to the West Side of Seymour. On the last section of Forever After I managed to taco my rear rotor and had just over an hour and half to get home. Not worrying at this point, simple solution, pull of rear wheel and bend back rotor as best I could and Bob's your uncle.
Well No. I took off rear wheel and bent the rotor back to a manageable shape, when I ran into a road block. I couldn't for the life of me get my rear axle to thread back into frame. Ughh... For the next 30 minutes I wrestled with this and no dice. Made a couple of panicked calls to my wife who was on way to airport to reassure her I will make it home somehow and a lifeline call to a friend to see if I was missing something. While this was going on several very nice, concerned riders stopped to provide advice and support, but still no luck and mounting frustration.
I was now moving onto plan Z, which was deliberating the best way to haul ass out of trail system while carrying my bike and getting to a suitable UBER pick up location or find an EVO (not sure I even had the fitness to make such a feat). Fortunately, as I was getting ready to hike out, a couple riders happened by and without much question lent their assistance. Under the supervision of his friend, Jay, managed to get the axle to thread with some persistence.
Wheel back on and game on, was able to ride out and make it back home with 15 minutes to spare to get a six pack before picking up the kids.
With all this said, I just want to say thank you to all the riders who stopped to lend a hand (3 or 4) and a big thanks out to Jay and his buddy who were able to make the fix and get me on my way again. These types of incidents are what helps keep the stoke for riding, whenever one gets the chance.
And Jay if I do run into you again I will make good on the beer I owe ya or other preferred beverage if beer is not your thing.