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Offline kd_ca

Stranded in panguitch, UT
« on: May 22, 2023, 11:07:11 pm »
I am doing the western express route and a chain link has cracked. So I am now stuck in panguitch, UT.

The lbs put on a brand new chain before I started tour, so I didn't think to bring extra links or chain.

I've reached out to the bike shops in the area,  Parowan and Cedar City, UT but they don't deliver parts.

Is there anyone in the area that is willing to pickup a 8 speed chain with a couple of extra links and deliver to me at motel in panguitch?  I will pay.

My bike is a Giant Escape 3 with a shimano 3 x 8 drive train, if that helps.  I am capable of installing the chain and have the chain tool.

Thank you.

Offline HobbesOnTour

Re: Stranded in panguitch, UT
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2023, 05:41:42 am »
Amazon or similar?
Local cycling clubs.
Good luck!

Offline kd_ca

Re: Stranded in panguitch, UT
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2023, 10:52:56 am »
Amazon earliest delivery to this town is 5 days out.

None of the bike shops in cedar city, ut, 60+ miles away are willing to ship or deliver.

I did contact the only bicycle shop in Parowan, UT , 48 miles away. Owner agreed to come out to the motel with a chain and spare links and asked me to call him just before 6pm to coordinate.  I called him and he told me that he was too busy and would not be coming out. Very disappointed that he would cancel after committing and knowing my situation.

This morning I found Jenson USA online and they had the chain and links in stock and will ship overnight, so I should get it by tomorrow Wed.

Offline ray b

Re: Stranded in panguitch, UT
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2023, 09:54:42 am »
Sorry you found this sometimes frustrating type of adventure in adventure cycling....

Thanks for sharing. A couple of lessons in essential tools/parts and logistics for everyone. ("For want of a nail....")

E.g., I carry a spare tire on longer trips, but I recall deciding to overnight new tires to small town New Mexico during an off-road trip a few years ago. It took two days for UPS to find the place, but I met some great people and got a couple days of recovery that improved my mileage the next couple of weeks - so in the end, gained a few friends and fitness and nothing lost but the money.

Like many, I'm not a fan of Amazon, but I have to admit, the free overnight service of Amazon Prime is pretty reliable in a pinch.
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline canalligators

Re: Stranded in panguitch, UT
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2023, 04:52:18 pm »
You might file this hint away in case it happens again: remove the broken link and don’t use big ring.  Thatwould let you ride to a town with a bike shop.

I always bring one inner link half and two quick links.