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my introduction to riding(9 posts)

my introduction to ridingRandyMH
Jul 7, 2001 3:16 PM
I thought you guys might get a kick out of this. Today was my first real ride. It was along a trail here in Dallas. I set out to do atleast 10-12 miles. About 10 minutes into my ride I discovered my computer sensor was not working. I stopped and delt with that. About the time I was going to turn around and head back for home my gears started to jump a little. Adjusted the rear derailleur with the barrel adjuster and kept stroking. About 2 miles into my return ride and 5 miles from the car my chain snapped. Of course I had everything but a chain tool in my bag. 1 or 2 people asked if they could help but most just kept riding. I figured I was not getting any closer to the car just sitting there so my bike turned into a very expensive skate board. Although I didn't get to ride it all the way out, I learned so much today.
I like the last sentencemike mcmahon
Jul 7, 2001 3:27 PM
I'm glad to here that you're going to turn a first ride with some problems into a learning experience rather than an excuse to let the bike become a very expensive coat rack. You sound much better prepared than most first time riders. Keep it up.
it's all in the timingWadeOmatic
Jul 7, 2001 5:50 PM
I've been riding road and dirt for many years. The last two times I broke a chain I was within sight of the truck. The last two flats I had occured right after I got off the bike back at the vehicle.

Of course I had the tools to fix these problems on the ride, but I much prefer to do it with A/C and a cold beer.

After bragging like that tomorrow's ride may be doomed, but I'm going anyway.
it's all in the timingLC
Jul 7, 2001 7:37 PM
Hmm, everytime something happens to me it is usually at least 25 miles back to the car/home.
re: my introduction to ridingLone Gunman
Jul 7, 2001 7:35 PM
R,
I've been riding for 11 years and have never broken a chain, I don't think I know how to break a chain other than with a tool. Sorry to hear that on a new bike to boot
You were't out at White Rock today were you?JamesT.Kirk
Jul 7, 2001 8:04 PM
Man it was hot out there around 1 pm. I hardly saw anyone out today.
You were't out at White Rock today were you?RandyMH
Jul 8, 2001 12:57 AM
Yeah It was about 12:30 when I got back to the car. 635 and Hillcrest
let me sing priases of the topeak alien multitool!!!Haiku d'état
Jul 9, 2001 7:10 AM
the cyclist's swiss army knife. i have three--one for each road bike seatbag and one to rotate duty between the mtb and cruisers. invaluable. i've only ever snapped a chain once, it was mtb, i had no clue what to do, and walked several miles back to the car. had the mtb (new) about 2 weeks at that point. OTOH, i helped a guy a few weeks back that snapped his r.der hanger by turning his 18-speed into a 1x1 to get home---what did i use? chain tool on the topeak alien in my seatpack.

other stuff i can't live without: bag balm for my butt/chamois connection, and co2 cartridges/inflator. i'm slow changing punctures, so co2 makes 15 minutes in the sun 8 minutes with a frozen valve stem.
Chains can be a real pain....Mabero
Jul 9, 2001 7:16 AM
It's funny that you mention that you had a chain problem on your first ride...well not that it's funny or anything but I just picked up my R2000si on Friday and my first ride I bent the chain...luckily I was only a quarter mile from where my girlfriend works and luckily she didn't bike to work that day! I am a lucky mofo.