for helping out when I needed it. Bong, JohnV, Ed, Romy, Jack, Cesar, JR., Rollie, Rodger, Jerry, Nancy.
We were still in Livermore on our return path on Vineyard Ave right past Old Vineyard when the grade pitched up by about 8 degrees - I left my gear on the big ring (53) and probably a 17 at the back, off the saddle and did about three full rotations on the crank when I felt like my bike broke in two pieces. Turned out my chain - which was still fairly new - broke. Right behind me when I and my bike collapsed to the ground were Ed, and Romy. They immediately helped me up to the sidewalk out of harms way. Bong whipped out his chain tool, removed the broken link and reconnected the chain with such deft and speed that by the time I got up the bike was ready to roll.
Now I'd like to pause for a minute here.
First off thanks be to God the Father the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth - for literally saving my behind. As I said earlier I was on an 8 degree incline off the saddle meaning about 4 feet above ground when I flopped to the ground since the weight bearing chain snapped. It's like I was guided on that fall - I did feel the impact but the placement of the fall was on the best spot one would like to fall on incidents like this - on one's tush. I could have fallen on my back, and Bong mentioned I could have fallen on the handlebars with potential serious injury to my ribs. I've always believed and prayed for divine intervention and this is one of those moments so evident I cannot even deny it.
JohnV insisted that we get the proper chain link put in, and guided us to the Pleasanton Cyclepath. I've always admired John's ability to lead well and in moments like this, I saw his leadership shine even more with his concern for my safety on the way back (we had another 25 miles heading back to Union City). I had the pleasure of meeting Pleasanton Cyclepath's Joel who sold JohnV his Specialized, and another Cyclepath celebrity I haven't seen for months - Gephardt (boy has he lost some major pounds!). Bong whipped out his chain tool again and installed the chain link. Special thanks as well to Kuya Romy for dolling out the cash for the link (Romy, I owe you a link and two tubes among many other things;-)
Everyone was just super accommodating - all the guys and gals I mentioned above, and for this I am truly thankful. I'll definitely be spinning up those hills next time on a lower gear:-)
Happy Thanksgiving to you all and God bless you always. -Manny