So I’m back on my project in Terrace visiting the trails and brought my bike again to ride for my 10 day shift. The first day, I was super stoked and rode up the paved road with vigour to get to the trails. I got about 500m into the climbing and ping my spoke blew and my tire stuck to the side of chainstay like a fly to a pile of shit. The spoke broke inside the spoke nipple and there was no way to get the broken piece out. Game over… I loosen up my sliding dropouts to cheat the tire over to one side, but it rubbed so hard making pedaling difficult going downhill. Anyway, as I got down to the trail head I stopped to talk to a fellow mountain biker. I told him where I was from and loved their trails and how I unfortunately broke a spoke. Dean was sympathetic to my issue as he had wheels like mine and difficulty finding parts to fix a broken spoke. He has since moved to different wheelset because a lack of support. Then Dean said “Wait a minute!” and proceed to go into his stuff in the back of his truck and pulled out a spoke nipple that fit my wheel. WTF! Unbelievable that I happened to stumble on the only guy in Terrace (and maybe all of north-western BC for that matter) that had spare spoke nipples. He didn’t have a spoke but I was 50% of the way there! The next day I went to Wild Bike Shop in Terrace and talked to the shop owner there. They bent over backwards to find a spoke that fit. Unfortunately they didn’t have the exact one but they did have one that I could straighten. And straighten it I did!!! I stuffed the straightened ‘j-bend’ spoke into my hub and threaded the nipple and IT WORKED! OMG! This was my first two days of 10 in my trip to Terrace! and it was looking like Day 3 was going to be awesome!
Day 3 – I rode up Terrace Mountain and back down the T2 trail to a parking lot. A riding group was gathered there and we chatted for a bit. They invited me to ride a brand new trail they just finished off that day. What the? What kind of awesome timing is this? Go on, please I don’t deserve this awesome experience..well okay if you insist. The new trail was just that! New and fresh and I was the third bike down the line. Lots of bermed corners, tons of flow and tricky rock rolls. SO MUCH FUN!!!! These riders were super passionate and loved their sport. I felt privileged to be in their company. After getting back to the parking lot, I made my way back home and bumped into a couple more riders. They invited my to ride a lesser known trail called Lower Wheel. Tara warned me that the trail was steep but she didn’t tell me that it was super steep with rock rolls and drops! I should have known after she told me that she just got back from the BC Enduro event in Williams Lake. Tara was skilled!
When you’ve paid a substantial amount of money to Air Canada to travel with your bike and then you break your bike, you’d think that Karma is a bitch. She was just pointing you in the right direction to meet some awesome riders, awesome trails and making my trip an awesome experience. I say that Karma is sweet and loves mountain bikers! Thank you Karma!!