There was only so much that I can do. Tighten a cable here, adjust the B screw there, but on one of my commutes last week, the chain suck incident was the final straw. I dropped the bike off with Shawn at the Bicycle center and trusted him to do his magic, and that is what he did.
Turns out there was a lot more wrong with the drive train than what I could tell. The cassette was missing a spacer and the rear derailleur needed to be completely reset. The hanger was bent and it needed a new cable and housing. When I got it back and took it for a test spin it was a whole new bike!
Thursday morning I decided to do my 20 mile route to the office and it was surprisingly cool. I think at the bottom of Walnut Tree I saw 53 degrees on the Garmin and it only warmed up a degree in town.
I found more black butter on Flat Swamp and Poor House roads which made riding these usually bumpy roads a lot more enjoyable.
On the way home, since I had the gears I did some climbing. Leaving the office, it was raining lightly but the sun was out so I just rode any way. What difference does it make in the summer, anyway? I am just going to get hot and sweaty, so a little rain might just keep things cooler. The whole ride home, I was chasing the rainbow.