I feel better now, but have to pay attention to the Hunq which had a couple of wounds as well. I didn't mention the flat tire which forced me to walk clear across Ottawa to get a spare. Yep, something hit my brand spankin' new Big Ben and split it wide open across the Kevlar belt. The gash was so wide I had to buy Gorilla Tape at a local hardware store to make a boot strong enough to hold any air at all. After that I could walk 5 miles across town with it since the LBS in Ottawa (conveniently located on the IM trail) is only open for the convenience of the owners; Friday-Monday. Well I did benefit from finding a tire which will serve well as a folding spare in the future.
It's called an Iron Horse 29er and actually finished the ride. I'm replacing it with a new Big Ben but will carry the Iron Horse as a spare in the future. I found it at Farm and Fleet. It was only 20 bucks and seems to fill the purpose. It has a moderate tread in the middle which rolls quickly on pavement and is full of small knobs around the side which help on the softer trail surfaces.
It also has a Kevlar bead which means it folds quite neatly to be tucked into the saddlebag for a future emergency, which I assume will never happen now that I have a viable spare.
The other wound to the Hunq was a subtle reminder of all the wisdom which has gone into the development of sealed bearings. Aren't they great? It reminded me of the day I chose my TREK 560 back in the 80's. Specialized had a comparable model with the all new miracle sealed bearing everything which "never, needed maintainence or adjustment." I chose the TREK with old fashioned bearings I could clean, inspect and adjust. Well. these pedals proved my point.
Needless to say, I am opting for serviceable bearings on the replacement. I've been happy with the MKS paddles called the Lambda or Grip King, depending whose website you see. I'm adding the spikes since that is a good idea on long trips and the only thing I would recommend as a legacy of the Gripsters.
We are both repaired and ready for the next great adventure.