David Johnson's Travel Blog

Bicycle Trip 1999
Okefenokee 2002
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 2003
Texas 2003
Road Trip West 2003
Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
Nomadic 2005
Bicycle Trip 2009
Bicycle Trip 2010
Nomadic 2010
Winter in Wisconsin
Little Bicycle Trip 2011
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
Bicycle Trip 2015
2015-03-13Your present plans...
2015-03-14Unscenic Lands
2015-03-19Into the desert
2015-03-20Painted Rock Petroglyph Site
2015-03-21Canal Roads
2015-03-26Border Town
2015-03-27Yuha Desert
2015-03-28Otay Mountain Truck Trail
2015-03-29San Diego
2015-04-03Los Angeles
2015-04-04More Traffic
2015-04-09Los Padres National Forest
2015-04-10Uphill Against the Wind
2015-04-11Clingy Grass
2015-04-12King City
2015-04-19That Bridge
2015-04-23Milk Cows
2015-04-24Sea Ranch
2015-04-25Mendocino Coast
2015-05-06Fort Bragg
2015-05-07Usal Road
2015-05-09Humboldt Redwoods State Park
2015-05-10More Big Trees
2015-05-14Crescent City
2015-05-16Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
2015-05-17Shady Cove
2015-05-20The hub is dead

A map of my latest trip!

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The hub is dead

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

tl;dr: My hub is done for. Rather than wait around trying to fix my bicycle, I decided to head home.

The hub is dead I'm almost caught up with work, so I decided to take an extra-long weekend. There are five days of biking ahead of me!

And my hub is dead. Well, it's not technically dead, but it isn't all that useful. I was willing to live with the grinding, but now it slips when I peddle. I can barely get up a hill. I obviously made something much worse. I stopped at an abandoned house along the Rogue River to once again rip the rear tire apart and see if I had done something more stupid than usual, but everything looked right to me. I put it into highway gears, but that didn't help. This hub is done for.

Ironically, all the gears now slip except fifth gear. Fifth gear works well.

So I had some choices. I could peddle south to Medford where there are some bicycle shops and hang out for a week or two while new parts were ordered and my bicycle was fixed. Or I could just be done with another trip. I've seen most of what I wanted to see on this trip, and I had little save for miles and miles of high desert ahead of me. I decided on the latter.

I biked into Medford, anyway. I rented a car and began the long drive back to Arizona where my van still sits.

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