Straw poll of riders on the Trevallyn tracks this morning came up with Sprung and AvantiPlus as the best options for emergency mountain bike repairs and who was I to argue with the locals (especially when I had a full weekend of riding planned and no intention to do it in my granny gear).
So as soon as I got back to the car I called Sprung, explained my situation, and got the best response in the world ... "bring it in straight away ... we'll get you back out there."
I know they say never judge a book by its cover, but an hour after I made the call from Trevallyn, I was wheeling my bike back out of the shop, the gears were changing beautifully, it had a new set of back brake pads, a diagnosis on several other problems and I'd learned a bucket about Rocky Cape mountain bikes and the tracks around Launceston ... and I'd even had time to go out and get a morning latte.
That's about as good as a morning can get after the way it started ... I was back in the game.
Only problem now were these two snippets gleaned during the repair process ...
"You're going up to Kate Reed right? you have to try the new Berm Track if you haven't ridden it yet."
"As far as I know you can ride at Hollybank outside of club days - there's one piece of dedicated single track - tight and twisting not like the riding up at Trevallyn and Kate Reed - and then there's gentler trails around the site, but you just have to look out for the Segways that use it now."
Seems like I wasn't heading out to Scottsdale just yet ...
PS. Just because I've put things in quotes doesn't mean that was what was actually said, but it gives you the gist ... this is a blog, not a referenced journal.