Monday, May 10, 2010


I got my Stumpjumper back with its new headset and was excited to take it for a ride. I went up to Granville State Forest. I think the Hartland/Barkhamsted Dam/Mid-western Mass area is pretty and hilly. Trails aren't too trodden, but I was having a good time. They ran along side pretty, rocky streams. I like riding trails in remote and unpopular places, because it feels a lot more like hiking and nature-y. They may not have the most mountain bikesque lines, but that's ok.

So, I was about two miles in and having a good time, when all of the sudden my right foot feels weird. It was like I wasn't pedaling on something flat. In fact, it wasn't like I wasn't pedaling on something flat, I was not pedaling on something flat, because the pedal had eaten up the threading on the cranks. I don't know how I did it, but I did. Nothing felt cross threaded when I put the pedals on. My nice old Sugino cranks are ruined and it abruptly ended the ride.

And, shortly thereafter, a stick stabbed me in the face.

Note the odd angle of my foot.

What is this?


Ninjarich said...

I'll be up there on Father's Day weekend camping trip, good to see the State Forest's trails are a fun ride (when everything works properly).

Mark said...

That last picture, without knowing how tall it is, it looks like a 2.5 inch rocket launcher pod - but I doubt it. So, I take it you were unable to ride out or what did you do?

Brendan said...

I rode out. My left leg is now considerably stronger than my right.

Anonymous said...

Without seeing the other end it's hard to tell but it looks like a horizontal firebox for a steam boiler.