Littering Hurts Cyclists. Don’t Litter.

inoperable rear derailleur because of a plastic bag in the cogs
A plastic bag stuck in the chain can bring a ride to an abrupt stop.

This morning I had trouble staying in gear because wet leaves were stuck in the rear cogs. Probably should have stopped to get them out but it was cold and I didn’t want to gunk up my gloves. Eventually the leaves broke down and riding smoothed out. Not as lucky tonight.

This evening as I was rushing home to vote I didn’t think twice about riding past a plastic bag next to a stop sign. As I tried to accelerate past the intersection my gears wouldn’t change. I looked down and found an old empty plastic bag wrapped up in my tension pulley.

Be careful on the roads and watch out for (leaf) litter this fall.

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