We had a good crowd starting out with 17 riders on a beautiful morning. Two roadside repair clinics within the first four miles fractured the group into a number of smaller groups. The first was when Nate had a flat shortly before Walter Martz Rd. I told Terri B to let everyone at the church stop know that Nate and I were fixing a flat while Nate”s B+GC training kicked in and he removed the rear wheel (of course). The two of us got the tire off and pumped in enough air to determine the problem was at the base of the valve. So much for the patches Nate had! Luckily David Pixton came back to check on us. He had a skinny tube that would work and gave a mini clinic on how to use CO2. We still would be there if we had to hand pump. Once back on the road, the three of us met up with a few of the group just past Ford Rd. where the second clinic took place. John was riding a vintage bike in preparation for a ride in Italy. The bottom bracket had loosened up and his cranks were wobbling. No way to fix it, so Paul Ericson rode back to the start to get John’s car while John began walking back. In the meantime, Ray took a group on an extra loop and we all managed to get back together at the store. Jeff took numerous photos at the watershed and we all straggled back in after 20 miles. It was still a nice ride and an extra shout out to David and Paul who went above and beyond.
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