After receiving my flat bar road bike back from the LBS where I had it in for a drop bar conversion, I decided that today was the i was going to pop my 50mile cherry. Fitness levels are improving and bettering my previous 35mile ride was the plan. I should have known things weren’t going to be easy when I had my first off at the first junction because I forgot my feet are clipped in to the pedals. Most embarrassing and a little bit sore. I dusted myself down and got on with my journey, the weather was good although a little more wind than forecast. The first 20miles or so we’re good and I even experienced my first gel pouch. (Yuk!) feeling like a real cyclist on my newly converted bike, I was putting the foot down and loving it. Part of the route was over an exposed bit of hillside and it this point the wind started really gusting, much earlier and stronger than the forecast suggested, I was in bottom gear and barely making headway, that was 3miles of torture. Even going downhill on the other side, I was hardly moving in to the wind, gusting over 30mph I think!! Finally on the last climb before about 10miles flat to home and my chain jumped off the last gear, there was one almighty crunch and the derailleur was mostly bent! My garmin was reading 37.9miles at the time, the end was in sight, but my 50miles was not to be! My wife came and picked me up and I took the bike straight to the LBS for some TLC. Hopefully the new gears will be better indexed! Just wanted to share my story, any body else have a cycling disaster today?