I've ridden my new Specialized Stumpjumper 29er a total of about 30 minutes in the last 3 weeks thanks to a dropping chain.
My new Stumpy in its usual position...
I've adjusted and readjusted the chain line, changed chain rings, cogs, chains, all to no avail. I told this to the LBS I bought it from, and they quickly diagnosed it as a chain line issue and "fixed" it. On my test ride, the chain stayed on for less than a mile. I've dropped the bike off to them again and they're going to call Specialized this time. I can't imagine there's THAT much flex in the frame, but maybe. Or maybe it's cracked. Either way, I'll actually not be psyched to get a new frame - what's the point if I end up with the same frame but new (newer than the two-month-old frame I have). We'll see. Luckily, my trusty Karate Monkey is virtually indestructible. And I've actually had better results this year on it (a 1st and a 2nd as opposed to a 2nd and a 4th on the Stumpy back when it was working for a month).
We ate Indian on Main St Hytown the other night and were treated to this tall tail just outside the window. My wife was not-so-secretly hoping to see her fall over. Had to be 7 inch heels.
Those heels will give you cyclist calves
Apparently neglect is the key to growing HUGE flowers. I think we planted this two years ago and forgot about it. Then this year - BAM! Sucker is close to 5 ft tall with massive flowers (see deck chair it is towering over for perspective).
Finally, since I don't have much riding news to talk about, we watched in awe yesterday as two blue jays dive-bombed an enormous red-tail hawk that had perched atop the high tension pole across the easement from us. Blue jays are bad asses. They were hitting the hawk on the head, wings - no fear whatsoever. Must have been protecting their babies.
Speaking of babies, Kristy's going on day 5 overdue with stubborn Helena. To think I stopped racing 3 weeks before the due date... Oh well.