59 miles / 2245 total
I've been getting really frustrated with the front derailleur on my bike, I just couldn't get it tuned up so it wouldn't rub. I was getting annoyed because I know I can do these kind of jobs, but I just couldn't seem get it sorted. So when I was riding along, listening to chain grinding on the derailleur, I thought I saw my chain wobbling around, which made me think that I'd somehow bent a chainring. This would have explained why I couldn't get it tuned up. Oh no, to my horror, I realized that all my chainrings were wobbling around. Of the 4 bolts that hold my chainrings together, 1 was loose-ish, 2 were very loose and 1 was completely missing. So I tightened up the ones that were left, and checked the maps for bikeshops. The choices were, a 12 mile round trip detour into Hutchinson, or cycle 240 miles to the next one on route. The choice was made easier by the fact that Hutchinson had a bike hostel at a church, which has air conditioning. That definitely makes up for the extra miles! They sorted out the chainring bolt, checked for damage to the chainrings and did a full clean up of my drivetrain for $25. Bargain, as I was still listening to the grit from the KATY trail grinding in my chain, even after attempting to clean it myself.