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Stupidity poll(10 posts)

Stupidity polljaybird
Oct 30, 2001 7:12 AM
What is the stupidest thing you have done to either your bike or your body in hopes of saving a few grams or making you more aero?


I drilled out a perfectly good record crank, chainrings and brake levers back in the 80s.

I also shaved my back for swimming in high school... yes hair does grow back more (and darker) after you shave it.
Not really stupid, but not forward thinking.cyclinseth
Oct 30, 2001 7:33 AM
Wanting to upgrade my '91 Trek 1200 (7-speed dt shifters) I dropped however much is was for an entire 8-speed group w/ brake shifters and new wheels. Rode this for a year until I bought a Kestrel frame for however much that was. Transfered the 8-speed group over and put back all the 7-speed on the Trek.
If I had waited for just one more year I probably could have saved a whole bunch of money buying the entire Kestrel.
Built wheelset using alloy nipples...dirtbag
Oct 30, 2001 8:47 AM
...and then to top it off I used light-duty loctite 290 as per a local shops recomendation. The first time I tried to true I was cracking and rounding off nips... a total disaster! I rebuilt the set with brass nips and NO loctite.
Truing is much less irritating these days.
ouch, sounds painful. ;) nmraboboy
Oct 30, 2001 9:15 AM
Drove the new non-French stem in with a hammercory
Oct 30, 2001 9:27 AM
Ah, JEEZ, this is college I had a Peugeot, and the stem was too short. French bikes used (among many other weird things) a 22.0mm diameter quill instead of the 22.2 that was standard in England (and later Japan). The new one ALMOST fit...and I was in a hurry, and dumb, so I figured it was just manufacturing tolerances. I greased it up, forced it in and drove it down into the steerer with a hammer.
I didn't find out the real cause for months. It didn't kill me, and I rode it that way for three or four years. I pity the guy who tried to repack the headset, though.
Titanium house keysMe Dot Org
Oct 30, 2001 10:05 AM
No, I haven't done it, but I actually found myself thinking about it one day when I was getting for a ride...
How about placing them under the matt. nmBruno S
Oct 30, 2001 9:29 PM
Place bike on car rack then drive OUT of garage.grzy
Oct 30, 2001 4:49 PM
Yes, I really did this.
Putting on a SLR saddlematt
Oct 30, 2001 8:41 PM
What difference does it make if you save 100 grams in the saddle if you can only ride it for an hour. That thing tore the ass off of me. The best thing I ever did was install gore ride-on cables. Cost more but feel brand new after two years.
did i pass? did i pass? huh? huh?ouch
Oct 31, 2001 12:28 AM