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I'm an idiot and I got lucky(15 posts)

I'm an idiot and I got luckyTypeOne
Jul 18, 2002 11:41 AM
I have to post this embarassing tale here because my nonriding co-workers didn't understand what I was talking about:

A nice morning, so I decided to take out a bike that I haven't touched in a few weeks. I cleaned up the chain and pumped up the tires, noticed that it was pretty dirty and remembered that I kept putting off cleaning it up thoroughly. I rode approximately 10 miles that included a short steep climb and a long downhill with speeds around 35 mph. As I got closer to work and I was riding up and down some rollers into downtown, I noticed my front wheel didn't look true. When I stood up to climb and swung the bike a little, it felt kind of squirrely. At the first stoplight I hit, I picked up the front end and spun the front wheel to check the true and examine the spokes.
When I pushed the wheel, it fell right out of the fork dropouts. I hadn't locked the quick release skewer. Then it all came back to me: last time I rode I wound up getting a ride home and I took the front wheel off to put it on a roof rack and I put it aside when I got home, figuring I would clean it up before riding it again.
So there it is. I can't believe the wheel stayed on so long, but I am sure glad it did. I secured the wheel and rode the rest of the way to work, and this time the wobbling was me--scared at what could have happened--not the wheel.
Jul 18, 2002 12:04 PM
I think most of us have done something careless akin to this. I know I have. Glad you made it through OK!
re: I'm an idiot and I got luckyLEW
Jul 18, 2002 12:07 PM
Downhill 35mph/ bunny hop/ could have been ugly. You are lucky, buy a lotto on the way home.
re: ... sorry but...Akirasho
Jul 18, 2002 12:11 PM
... no sense in getting a lotto ticket now... all that luck is GONE!!!

We abide.

Remain In Light.
did your fork have lawyer lips or not? (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 18, 2002 12:25 PM
ooh, you are sooooo cruel but wrongAllisonHayes
Jul 18, 2002 12:39 PM
lawyer's lips are too loose - its their pockets that are tight!
Lawyers' lips...Fredrico
Jul 18, 2002 1:34 PM
are fork dropouts with flanges on the bottoms of them, so if the Quick release is not tightened, the wheel still won't fall out. Serious riders hate them because you have to unscrew the QR skewer alot to clear these flanges, to remove the wheel. Then they aren't "quick release" anymore.

TypeOne's trip downtown with his front wheel not tightened reminds me of the time I drove my Dodge Dart all the way down Wisconsin Avenue in DC, racing in rush hour traffic, with my gas cap behind the rear window on the trunk. I parked the car, and got out. The cap was still there.

TypeOne's non-cycling office buddies have no appreciation for luck.
yup...was just curious if that might have saved him here (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 18, 2002 2:46 PM
Lawyers' lips...AllisonHayes
Jul 18, 2002 3:02 PM
I just get a kick out of the name, lawyers lips--these tabs that are on front drop outs of inexpensive bikes with so-called quick releases. Kind of like this poem, don't you think the name "lawyers lips" itself betrays the meaning of "quick release?" I wonder how the name itself came about and when it was first used?

b Tone of Voice

It pinks the cheeks of speech, or flushes the forehead.
It's a spring breeze in which words play, a scorching sun
that burns them red, slate clouds that cover them in ice.
Mastering tone, the child outgrows his sticks and stones.

"Okay"' he sneers, twisting the word in Mommie's eye.
Elipses, dashes, all capitals, underlines —
these are tuna nets through which tone's minnows slide.
"I love you" may arrive spiked like a mace, or snickering.

"State your name" from lawyers' lips can mean "You lie!"
Tone leaks the truth despite our best efforts to hide.
It's verbal garlic; mistress on a husband's hands.
Consider, dear, when you ask, "Where are my French fries?"

how you may stand in a silk teddy holding grapes,
a suit of mail holding a lance, a hangman's hood holding
a rope. As useless to protest, "I didn't mean that,"
as to tell a corpse, "Stand up. You misinterpreted my car."

Charles Harper Webb
Lawyers' lips...grzy
Jul 18, 2002 6:24 PM
You're way too cerebral for him.
Ever realize you didn't tighten your brake's QR...On a downhill? (nm)NJRoad
Jul 18, 2002 1:21 PM
Glad I'm not the only bozo...rideslikeagirl
Jul 18, 2002 2:00 PM
Last week we lugged our bikes to work to take a PM ride. We have the trailer hitch bike rack.

Unloading them at home, my husband noticed the safety pin was in the wrong end of the bar that keeps the rack in the hitch. There was nothing but pure dumb luck that kept our bikes with us for 80 miles!!

(he thought someone had messed with it while we were at work...I ALMOST let him keep thinking that)
re: I'm an idiot and I got luckyDougSloan
Jul 18, 2002 2:13 PM
My brother took off in an airplane once without gas, another time without landing lights (and needed to land after dark). Pilots have checklists, and they still blow it. I dare say we would, too.

I feel like the luckiest person on the planet whenDougSloan
Jul 18, 2002 2:14 PM
I feel like the luckiest person on the planet when I realize half way on a 100 mile ride that I forgot my pump or spares, yet I make it home with no flat. Just about as good as winning the lottery.

re: I'm an idiot and I got luckyaliensporebomb
Jul 18, 2002 8:35 PM
A guy I know went into a convenience store after riding his bike there.
It was a Trek Antelope, an older one.

When he came out, he thought some kids were messing with his bike but they
scattered quickly and he didn't think anything of it.

On the way home he hit a bump in the road only to find that these kids had
loosened his quick-release and the wheel went bouncing down the street.

His fork hit the pavement at 20+ mph and crumpled.

He went face first into the pavement at 20+ mph and suffered severe, near
fatal injuries.

Luckily, a guy in a pickup saw the whole incident and took him home to his
girlfriend who was horrified to find her boyfriends' face an ocean of blood.
They cruised on over to the emergency room thinking it would be short work.


He had to have his jaw wired shut for a while, his teeth were not restorable
so he has dentures now and needless to say the bike (or what was left of it)
was a wreck. He had bones in his face broken and he also accrued $20k+ in
debt since he was unemployed at the time it happened and had no medical
insurance. Truly horrible.

Always check your QR. His story haunts me - be super careful, okay?