Saturday, February 28, 2009

My derailleur is frozen!

So, it was cold out today, but the sun was out, so I took off for a ride on the trails. Yah!

I rode a trail that has a bunch of short but steep hills. After about 15 miles, I'd been riding on a flat portion for a while and had turned around to go back over the hilly area. I was just starting to truck up a steep one when I tried to shift my front gear down. But nothing happened! I thought, "Oh no! What broke?!"

I got off the bike and took a look. It turns out that the whole front derailleur was caked in ice and wouldn't move. How funny is that?!

So I rode the rest of the hills with the ability to change only the rear gears (the front was on the largest, of course). I did finish 21.5 miles before it started getting dark (I had wanted to do 29 today, but oh well.)

Frozen bike parts is a peril of winter riding that I have never encountered before. Note to self: When it's cold and you go through puddles, shift often - even if you don't need to - just to keep the moving parts from freezing solid!

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to winter cycling. Frozen derailleurs - especially the front - are just part of the biz. I actually used to just completely remove the front derailleur from my winter commuting bike (before I just went singlespeed...) because it was always frozen. Frozen rear derailleurs you can usually break free with your hands...

    Frozen hubs, however, are just frustrating, unpredictable, and the leave you stranded..