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You know its gonna be a bad ride when...(28 posts)

You know its gonna be a bad ride when...Kristin
May 16, 2001 3:57 PM
Your chain jams at mile 3 and won't free up. You get off, turn the bike over and begin to dig in your (now upside down) bag. Looking up you notice the last of your water trickling happily towards thirsty roadside weeds. One quick rotation of the crank and your chain free's itself easily. (On the positive side, you bike is now 20 ounces lighter.) You follow up with back to back fl*ts at mile 10.
re: You know its gonna be a bad ride when...look271
May 16, 2001 4:14 PM
You haven't been at this long enough to kno that this is a sign from the Cycling Gods to immediately turn around and go home. Nothing good ever happens on these rides (the 2 fl*ts.) Next time, go home, clean your bike, lube the chain, but DON'T, I REPEAT DON'T, get back on the bike! :-)
What must I do to be saved?Kristin
May 17, 2001 11:26 AM
LOL - I should have recognized the signs! The god's must be angry. Last night, I arrived home from work and found my tire fl*t again. (Now I'm working on this positive attitude thing, so I say to myself, "Goody, another practice session!") I cancelled my ride and carefully cleaned the bike, spoke sweetly to it, soaked the chain and changed the tire again.

Beyond this, do the god's require some cerimonial sacrifice or almage?
I recommend...Lazy
May 17, 2001 11:34 AM
Taking out your thrice patched tubes and give them a ceremonial burning. For extra oomph, you may wish to sprinkle your bike with some holy water or something. Then, find the biggest hill you can and ride (or drive or whatever it takes) to the top. Then, go down the hill as fast as you can. Evil spirits can only go about 30 or so. A decent of around 40-50 mph will surely rid you of them.

BTW, make sure no environmentalists are looking when you burn the tubes. Not only that, but make sure to do it away from your house as it's sure to smell really bad.

If this doesn't work, try oil painting. :-)
Beyond that,look271
May 17, 2001 11:54 AM
Just take your lumps, sweetie. Lazy's right; ditch the patched tubes.The gods require pure, unpatched butyl. (Don't mess with latex!)Beyond that, carry way more than you think you'll ever need. (I carry at least 1 spare tube, a patch kit, and several co2 cartridges.)Just keep riding, and don't let them think (the gods) that you're intimidated. They're mostly bullies who,if you put up a fight, will eventually leave you alone...:-)
Beyond that,Hap
May 17, 2001 6:43 PM
I feel sorry for you, look271, your asking for the wrath. You must be kind to the Gods. I recommend sacrificing a virgin, that is if you can find one.

Beyond that,look271
May 17, 2001 8:27 PM
To the gods: I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry,I'm sorry. I'M NOT SO SORRY! HA!(Am I going to pay for this?)
It'll get betterAlan B
May 16, 2001 4:56 PM
Hang in there, Kristin. God bless you for being so determined with this sport. You've got to be getting all the bad stuff out of the way early. Knees, flats and what all else? Soon it will all come together in cycling nirvana.

As for me, I know it's going to be a bad ride when . . . I ride to work in short sleeves and shorts because it's supposed to be a nice day, and by time to head home (20 miles predominantly uphill) it's 52 degrees, windy and drizzling.
Glass Half empty...Len J
May 16, 2001 5:03 PM
or half full.
Another way to look at this is that you got all the bad s**t out of the way. Since this sport does involve pushing the envelope, bad stuff will happen (statistically), When it does I try to shake it off & hope its out of the way.

Not always easy, but definatly better than wallowing in it, (For me)

my 2 cents. FWIW
Murphygrz mnky
May 16, 2001 5:49 PM
Yeah, but we all know from statistics, that just b/c something happened it doesn't mean it can't happen again! Like right away. I think that Mr. Murphy was a statistician with a cruel sense of humor.

We all have those little omens - it's a matter of paying attention to them or not. The wife notices them and uses it for basis for deciding to wear her helmet or not. Of course this totally drives me bug sh!t when I catch her helmetless. Her, "Oh, but today is a good day." Me, "You mean was."

Keep on plugging, but some days it honestly doesn't pay to get on a bike or even get out of bed. Got flattened by a deer one day - 50 yards into the ride - on the road bike during broad daylight, etc.
MurphyLen J
May 16, 2001 6:35 PM
Good point. But given the choice of worrying about what might happen or enjoying what is happening. Well I'll choose enjoying.

All I can really control is my own attitude.

All that being said I feel like I'm tempting fate just talking like this.

Oh no here comes the bogeyman......
Murphy here. You called?Murph
May 18, 2001 2:57 AM
I bet you didn't know this, but it was just "Murphy's Hypothesis" until I came along. After years and years of empirical evidence to back up the hypothesis, it's now a law.

The latest evidence: A couple weeks ago I went for a 92km ride. After 50, I fell, skinned up my left leg, and sliced the front tire. After some help from a passing group of cyclists, I was again on my way. A mile later, it started to rain and never stopped. How's that for Murphy's Law?

At least Murphy is a cyclist!

Have you had a good ride yet?mike mcmahon
May 16, 2001 5:10 PM
I recall you recently mentioned being buffeted by gale force winds on the lakefront on a ride. I also seem to recall that you reported some problems on the initial ride on the new bike. I hate even to mention this, but your posts are starting to make me think that you should take up ice-skating, curling, candlestick bowling (second reference in a week), dog-sledding, snow-shoeing, spelunking, demolition derby, backyard wrestling, cock-fighthing (if legal in Illinois), bog-snorkeling (popular in Scotland), bear-wrestling, fencing, land-luging, barrel-rolling, or ANYTHING BUT CYCLING. ;-) Even if you haven't had a good ride, do us a favor and use your considerable creative writing skills to fabricate one: just don't let on that it's a fake.

Keep us updated,
May 16, 2001 7:06 PM
Lesson one, remember to take off your water bottle before flipping your bike over (I think you know this now).
As for the flats, check your rim tape, do you have a fabric backed tape such as Velox, or a strip of rubber that some manufacturers stick on their wheels? Are you checking your tire pressure before every ride? Find out what is causing the flats.
Did you ever look into "Zinn & The Art Of Road Bike Maintenance"?
If you read this book cover to cover you would know more about bikes than most of the guys that use this board.
For what it's worth, when I came back to this sport after I retired it took about three seasons before everything started clicking. This is no easy sport.
Also I was very impressed by your photographs. You have great talent.
Probably one of the reason I enjoy cycling so much is because I am outside and living in the glory of it all.
Stick with your cycling, sooner or later it will all come together.
nothing screws over a good ride like...dustin73
May 16, 2001 8:20 PM
1) a week of studying and taking finals
2) partying when you realized that you've made it through your first year at UT
3) partying when you realize that it's the last night in your dorm with your new-found friends
4) waking up after 2 hours of sleep with a slight headache realizing that you haven't packed anything...oh and it's 7am.
5) having to be out of your dorm at 9am...after 2hrs of sleep...
6) getting a cramp in the middle of the ride...after unpacking, after 2hrs of sleep...
Congrats!Greg Taylor
May 17, 2001 8:08 AM
...on making through your first year. After you de-tox from the party, go ride! You deserve it.
don't turn bike over to work on itclub
May 16, 2001 8:24 PM
nor to remove a wheel to fix a flat. only freds do that. chains don't jam unless the derailleur aren't adjusted right. Hey, life's hard, then you die. suck it up. I got attacked by a turkey the other day while riding singletrack, but you don't hear me complaining
keep the rubber side downclub
May 17, 2001 6:58 AM
never said not to remove the wheel to fix a flat, although since you asked, it's easy to patch a tube with the wheel still on the bike, I do it all the time with my nutted-axle town bikes. I said flipping the bike upside down ain't the way it's done; bike mechanics don't do it, nor do pro racers when they get a wheel change enroute. Not necessary, scuffs up the levers, bar tape, and saddle, makes it harder to get the chain back on the cog when reinstalling the wheel, and it's impossible to adjust derailleurs with the bike upside down. You should never have to even touch the chain to remove and install the rear wheel, and that's only posssible with the bike right side up. Just open the q/r, let the wheel drop out then lay the bike down gently to deal with the wheel.
keep the rubber side downfuzzybunnies
May 17, 2001 8:39 AM
Pros don't turn thier bikes upside down simply because they don't change thier own flats the mechanic does. As for shop mechanics they flip bikes over all the time to change a flat. If all the stands are full and one of the regularly annoying customers comes in, they'll flip the bike upside down and change the flat real quick just to get the person out of there. I do so regularly on the road since I'd much rather scuff the seat and tape a little than set the bike on the rear derailleur, if it's the front wheel the bike doesn't need to be flipped over since it can rest on the fork legs. As for leaving the tube in while you patch it, it's simply too annoying to do with road brakes and I prefere to simply replace the tube and patch the old one at home. I've also seen plenty of bikes flipped over to replace a tube at mtb races and that includes among the semipro and pro groups, truely they must also be freds. TTFN
Are you sure cycling is the sport for you???CasualObserver
May 16, 2001 9:26 PM
I've noticed alot of your postings, and I swear, I don't think anyone could have made up the things that happen to you.

Good whatever you do.
Upside down bike=international distress signalSTEELYeyed
May 17, 2001 7:21 AM
In international touring and competition,when you turn your bike upside down,it means you need immediate emergency assistance and everyone is obligated to stop,same as an accident.
Oh My Word :)Kristin
May 17, 2001 11:56 AM
I posted this, because I thought it was funny and was hoping people would respond in kind. I love to hear about peoples misadventures. Bummer. The humorous side of this board is awesome.

- I'm not wallowing, upset, angry or otherwise feeling negative about this ride! I got a number of laughs from it.

- I've had plenty of good rides. I ride about 100 miles a week. When bad stuff happens sometimes I post because I wasn't sure of the best way to handle it. This board is an amazing wealth of knowledge! I didn't assume you all wanted a running diary of all my rides! :) Would you like me to start one? ;-)

- Dino - thanks for the compl-o-ment. This board did wonders for my WebShots stats! I haven't picked up "Zinn" yet, but plan to quickly. I'll need to re-align my brakes soon.

- Just call me Wilma!

- Getting chased by a turkey? Now that's funny!

Somehow I gave you all the impression that I hate this sport! I wouldn't spend $1300 and ride 100 mpw if I hated it. I love it! I loved it going 12mph on a Trek 720 and I love it even more now. I have no intentions of giving up.

- Comedy is obviously not my genre.

Laters :-)
I must've missed somethingLazy
May 17, 2001 12:37 PM
Where are these photos of yours? I'd like to have a look see.
May 17, 2001 2:46 PM
This link circulated a couple weeks ago. I had a picture of myself in the *Oregon Adventures album, but I removed it once the blonde jokes started. There are pictures of the DeBernardi in "Other Stuff"

All the pics in this album "Quiet Places" are from Busse Woods, where I ride in the mornings. It's an awesome ride when the path isn't crowded! From this album you can link to my others. There are 4 total. I hope you enjoy them!
Good Stuff!!! NMLazy
May 17, 2001 4:08 PM
Oh My Word :)Len J
May 17, 2001 6:36 PM
I certainly enjoy your (Twisted) posts. My wallowing comment was not directed at you, Just an observation about how easy it is to get down when several bad things happen in sequence.
The idea of an exorcism is a good one (I wonder if sacrificing a Fred would work, or a wheelsucker or the LBS that fit your bike with the 5 inch Handelbar drop, or Steevo who thinks you make this stuff up or ...........)

Never Mind, gotta go medicate.
Don't let 'em get you down!Teach
May 17, 2001 5:22 PM
I understood the humor in your situation, and didn't assume that you never have good rides. Keep posting, I love seeing other women on the board; I've noticed several lately. Don't know why some folks feel the need to be ugly in their posts.

Have you found what caused your flats? Last year, my first flat became three in quick succession. Finally sat down in the middle of the living room floor and took the tire off and turned as close to inside out as I could looking for the reason. I didn't find it, but I must have knocked whatever it was loose because the flats stopped.
FYImike mcmahon
May 17, 2001 5:28 PM
I wasn't trying to get you down, and my post about cycling not being your sport was intended to be tongue-in-cheek. I hope it came across that way. My guess is that most if not all of the others had the same intention. I remember coming home from my first road ride (a big 8 miles of flat roads) and passing out on the sofa for about two hours, so you're way ahead of me.