Originally Posted by chach
I don't think you read correctly, the bike was teched at the beginning of the day, I had a rear caliper at the beginning of the day.
I think I lost it riding around the track because I see no other way for it to have come off.
I went into the grass a couple times, but didn't even feel the need to use rear brake, letting off the throttle and coasting to a slow speed worked fine.
And I'm in B... so is this somehow forgivable if I'm A or something?
I think the point he was trying to get at is that at B pace, many feel there is very little reason to either crash or run off the track (although it does happen). I know that you crashed at Autobahn North as well. Perhaps there needs to be a little more attention paid to line and form, or whatever is causing you to sepend so much time off the track.
At A pace, the rider knows the line, and has "proper" form, which may mean somethign different to each rider. At A pace, it is more likely to have an off-track excursion do to traffic, passing, pushing too hard, and/or going beyond the traction limit of the tires, etc...
It is no more "forgivable" in any class, just less expected in B than in any other class IMHO.
Since your bike did not seem to hit the ground, it wasn't necessary for you to "re-Tech". As such, it wouldn't be expected to have parts falling off. Anytime that wheels are removed, it is necessary to check all of the bolts, axle and keepers (if any) especially on calipers. Having them fall off is actually a fairly common mistake. One of my first track weekends, a guy at Putnam ran straight off in front of me going into T9... his right front caliper was hanging by the SS brake line... he didn't tighten the bolts properly.
No worries about, Chach. Glad about three things, one, you aren't hurt. Two, Nick looks like he can help you out, and three, you learned the lesson without crashing.
I have had a two crashes that were mechanical in nature, and two because I pushed tires that were beyond their usefulness at A pace. Personally, I would prefer to crash because I outrode the bike, not because I was ignorant or didn't know any better, or tech my bike well enough. Alas, I have 4 crashes for those reasons, and zero because I pushed the bike to hard.
Good luck with the new part, and hopefully, you double and triple check everything from now on. (I do, after learning the hard way).
See you out there on your next weekend with NESBA (as that is where I ride)