Solvang is coming up and this year my wife wants to ride the tandem like we did 6 years ago, so time on my fixie was been a premium. Well the wife is in LA and the kids are at grandma’s, so it was time for some quality time on the road. I also just mounted some new Conti 4000 and was anxious to break them in. The ride started out normal enough, but after about 2 miles out, when I hit the first little hill; it was like the life force was sucked out of me. I was struggling to get to the top. Hmmm, this is a 60 mile ride and its not starting out well. When I got to the top it didn’t get any better as I was struggling just to spin on the a flat!!. What the Fu** is going on? It’s like I’m riding…with…the brake….on…; but I only have a front brake and it’s fine; still…I look down at the bottom bracket and chain stays and the rear tire is rubbing on the stay; not just rubbing mind you but burning rubber off the tire. Damn. A small adjustment and I’m back to my old form again. I stopped about 25 miles down the road and better inspected the tire. The damage is somewhere between cosmetic and more than. I’ve included some pics so you can decide for yourself. Regardless I have a new one on order; I’m glad they are on sale. Has anyone else done anything this stupid?
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