Yesterday (Saturday) I took a decent ride because the weather was just warm enough for the summer duds.
Today (Sunday) was quite a bit colder, so I chose to wear long sleeve over short, full finger gloves and the skull cap. That was a good idea.
I planned on doing Keeler Lane, but not the full 50 mile odyssey of yor, but more of a straight line up through Ridgefield to North Salem New York.
I got to Keeler at the 20 mile mark of my ride and started climbing. I hadn’t gotten more than maybe 30 yards up the first steep section when I felt my right pedal get funky. I stopped and discovered that the Philips head screw which holds the Bebop pedal to the spindle was all the way out, minus maybe 2 threads.
I twisted it back in with the tip of my finger, then began the search for a bit of metal that I might use to tighten it properly.
The road is very clean. I found nothing. I headed down to the beginning of the road, to Titicus Road. There I met a guy who was on his maiden voyage of his new carbon Cannondale that he had just purchased from a friend. He had recently had a flat tire, and had repaired it with a spare tube. He was on tubeless prior to his repair. He had used a CO2 cartridge to refill it and was limping home on an inadequate level of pressure. I pumped him up to a solid 100 lbs. Unfortunately, he could not help me with the tool I needed.
As I stood there talking to him a car passed by that caught our attention. A half million dollar Porsche Tuner car called the RUF CTR3.
It produces 777 horsepower. We watched as it pulled into the uneven dirt parking lot below, scraping the front lip with a terrible crunching sound. My fellow rider proclaimed that he just did $10,000 in damage. After looking up the car I might put the cost even higher than that if he is going to do it right. I’m thinking it is probably unseen cosmetic damage though, so he may opt to ignore it. It probably isn’t the first time. He didn’t seem too upset when I said hi. He was more concerned with finding the entrance to the coffee shop, which was on the road above us. I took a few clips of video of the car. Click image to enlarge.
I walked back to Keeler and soon there came a group of riders. One of them had a tool that did the trick for me. He and his buddy launched ahead of me. His buddy lost us, but I stayed on him all the way up for my best time up Keeler yet.
The group was gathered at the top. I didn’t stop to chat. I flew back down and around the block where I saw them once again assembled at the foot of another road down from Keeler. I waved and went on.
I caught up slowly to a skinny guy and passed him. After about a minute he flew by me, so he had been working up a good speed to drop me.
I got on him and we rode at a serious pace for a few miles. Eventually I was maxing out at above 180 BPM HR and he slowly but steadily put space between us.
Then, as I hit the foot of the hill climbing up to Ridgefield, I saw him climbing about half way up, out of the saddle. I redoubled my effort and caught up to him, but just before I reached him the rest of the Keeler climbing group caught up to me and we passed him together. That was cool. Great challenge. I’m so glad when that happens. I mean the challenge. It is not important to me that I catch up. I like putting forth my absolute maximum effort. If someone is faster at that point then I am thrilled! He was clearly faster on the flats. He was at least 20 pounds lighter than me, and at least a decade younger.
And I was able to establish who these folks were as I checked strava.com and observed the similar rides to mine. I like that very much. I’m glad to be able to give Kudos to those who do something that I find impressive. Try riding up Keeler some time. It isn’t as long a climb as Bear Mountain in New York, but it is decidedly steeper. I did Bear twice in a row in the spring. Maybe its time to do Keeler twice. I may have to wait for Spring for that.
Concerning the Bebop pedal:
At about a year of owning the Bebops I also had this happen. The pedal remained locked to the cleat on my shoe that time, and I lost the screw. It took about 45 minutes of methodical searching on a fairly busy road before I found it. It has been quite a few years since then without another issue. These pedals are fantastic.
They do require attention in terms of keeping the spring clips of the cleat pushed out so they remain locked in, otherwise they suffer from unintended releasing. Once I figured this out I have had very few unintended releases, and those I have had were from twisting my ankle too far and doing an unintentional but proper release. They have no spring load, so they feel more like they are holding on with a magnet, providing complete play between center and release. They are also the lowest stack height on the market, and the cleats are so shallow that on MTB shoes they don’t touch the ground, and on road bike shoes they are still easy to walk in. A huge bonus. They are also ultra light – even the stainless steel version I ride. So, even after this incident, I still highly recommend them.