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Replacement derailleur hanger to arrive today; Zipp replacement.

Monday, September 30, 2013 by  
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My Madone should be partially back in action today: the replacement rear derailleur hanger is expected to arrive this afternoon. Even though I’m still working on getting my replacement rear Zipp 404 wheel (more on that below), I do have a dedicated rear wheel for my indoor trainer. Once I have the replacement derailleur hanger I’ll at least be able use my Madone in my Bike Torture Chamber.

My replacement rear derailleur hanger should be here today.

My replacement rear derailleur hanger should be here today.

As you can see behind the broken hanger in the photo to the right (click to enlarge), the Di2 rear derailleur suffered a little road rash in the wreck. As I mentioned in my blog a couple days ago, I hooked the derailleur up to the Di2 system and–thankfully–it seems to be functioning properly. The only way to really know that it’s truly functioning properly is ride with it, and so that’s another reason I’m looking forward to getting the derailleur hanger installed today.

As for the destroyed rear Zipp 404 Firecrest carbon clincher, I have some pretty good news there. My friend Rob Ern is co-owner of Brick City Bicycles in Ocala, and they are a Zipp dealer. Brick City has generously offered to help me take advantage of Zipp’s crash replacement program. This program allows those who are unfortunate enough to destroy their expensive Zipps in a crash a greatly reduced cost replacement. I still won’t be getting off cheaply (final price to be determined), but it will be significantly less than the rear 404 Firecrest carbon clincher MSRP of $1,500.

I’m short on time today, which is a bit of a bummer: I’m only 73 kilometers (< 45 miles) away from a 1,000 kilometer month. I was really hoping to hit that mark, but I don't think I'm going to have time for a 73 kilometer ride today. This would have been especially nice to hit because many of those miles were on my mountain bike, and also because it's a short month. Either way, I did set a new elevation PR for this month along with a few other PRs. More tomorrow... [associated_posts]

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