Yesterday on the Tappan Zee bike tour, an organised 60-mile ride, I had two lots of problems with my gears, while trying to sort out front derailleur problems I got fed up with people biking past saying "you ok?"... so I started to say "no, I could use some help..." no one stopped.
Much later on in a sad tale of why I shouldn't fiddle with my front derailleur, I was going up a big hill on Route 6/202 in NY, just after Bear Mountain Bridge, I switched into my lowest gear, at which point my rear derailleur became wrapped up in my spokes... there goes the Spinergy-3 rear wheel...
While walking back down the hill barefoot, carrying the bike Jinx style, dozens of cyclists asked me if I was ok... to which I mostly replied "yeah..." but then I got fed-up and replied no a few times, no one stopped or asked if they could help... so next time someone asked, I said back "that qualifies as a stupid question... why do you think I'm carrying my bike... "
I could still hear them cycling up the hill behind me, calling me an a**hole... sigh. What is it with you guys? Afraid to just look and stare at the poor cyclist who has an accident or got a busted bike?
If you are not prepared to stop and offer to help, just keep quiet and keep cycling, oh and "Have a nice day!"
So, thats two big US Bike tours, two DNF's. Hopefully next months 2nd run at the LAF Century will be a "better day at the office".
to use this, copy/paste into a file with the extension of .kml, then double click and google earth will be invoked and you will fly straight to the location.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<name>Bear Mountain pass</name>
"You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee to go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces everytime
And I don't need no carryin' on
Cause you had a bad day..."