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Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?(29 posts)

Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?cyclopathic
Mar 6, 2003 9:33 AM
I've use rain jacket to fix a flat :)
re: Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?russw19
Mar 6, 2003 9:37 AM
I've stuffed a road tire with grass to ride home about 10 miles. It's a more common trail repair then a road repair, but it worked... sort off.... but it kept me from having to ride on a bare rim home.

re: Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?ripSRV
Mar 6, 2003 9:51 AM
I can't offer a mechanical story, but I bonked once with about 30 miles to go and the only thing I had to eat was Rolaids. They got me there.
re: Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?LC
Mar 6, 2003 9:58 AM
Broken rear deraileur cable 30 miles out on a very hilly ride. Set the limit screw as far in as I could, which got me to like the 13 or 14 cog. Still it was a struggle to get home up some moster hills in such a small cog.

Been thinking about it since, and I still can't think of anything else that could have been done unless I had a spare cable.
re: Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?climbo
Mar 6, 2003 10:20 AM
Next time, take the cable out and put it back through the derailleur the wrong way around. i.e. so that the cable goes in and the stopper on the end of the cable (that used to be inside your lever) stops when it hits the derailleur cable guide. Set the chain to an easier cog and then tighten the cable in place on that spot. If you can, cut it off or wrap the cable up and around your chainstay somehow. Single speed but easier to ride a smaller gear.
re: excelent ideacyclopathic
Mar 6, 2003 10:54 PM
it will get me by to next check point. And it isn't technically singlespeed you can still shift front 8-)
If you had a chain tool you could have made a single speed nmbigrider
Mar 6, 2003 12:06 PM
break the chain anddante
Mar 6, 2003 3:34 PM
single-speed it. Common mtn. biking fix if you're on a HT in mtn. biking...

I'm surprised you didn't ...Humma Hah
Mar 6, 2003 5:06 PM
... convert to singlespeeding as a result!
I'm surprised you didn't ...LC
Mar 7, 2003 10:12 AM
I was not into singlespeeding in those days, and the bike does not have horizontal dropouts. You still have to go with whatever gear that happens to line up and then the chain tension may not be right in that combination so it will contantly come off.
Insult to injury.Ian
Mar 6, 2003 10:31 AM
This may not really fit the catagory, but it is funny.

About 7 years ago, a mountian biking friend and I decided to buy road bikes. My friend happened to buy a bike that had tubulars. The seller did instruct him how to change them were he to get a flat. Well, a few months later he was out on the local fast ride and got a flat. Since he was already at the back, and new to road biking, no one stopped, no one probably even knew he was gone. He spent about 30 minutes or so peeling off the old tire and putting on the new one. For some reason I can't remember, he couldn't fill the tire all the way, just enough to keep from riding on the rim. He didn't really know the way back, and he didn't really know the way to proceed forward. In either case, because of the tire, he had to take the most direct route home, which meant a four lane divided highway. He rode ten miles home on this busy highway, with 40 or so psi in his tire. He got to his neighborhood and turned in. He lived in a cul de sac, on the left hand side, and pedaled gently down the road, which was also a very slight downhill. He must have picked up a bit to much speed, cause when he went to turn into his driveway, the tired rolled off the rim and he crashed, just 30 feet from his house.

He bought a set of clinchers the following week.

re: Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?DINOSAUR
Mar 6, 2003 10:39 AM
I had an Viscount bike back in the 80's and I cracked the seat tube at the seat post bolt. I had to ride ten miles home standing. Another time I sheared off a pedal at the pedal spindle about 3 miles from home and pedaled the way home with one foot. Back in my beginning days I flattened a couple of times and rode the way home on the rim, before I wised up and started packing a spare tube and couple of patches (and a pump) fix is booting a badly cut tire with a small piece of tube..."F's" are the biggest I pack 2 spare tubes, co2, patches and a small frame walking.....better to carry too much than too little....
re: Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?abelson
Mar 6, 2003 10:41 AM
My Seatpost was slipping big time and I pulled it out to mess with it and my binder bolt was so stripped that there was no way I could tighten the post enough to prevent serious slippage. Luckily I had an old school patch kit and I glued one side of bolt down so it could tighten. It was enough to make it home.
used $10 bill to boot sidewall nmrollo tommassi
Mar 6, 2003 11:05 AM
used $10 bill to boot sidewall nmLive Steam
Mar 6, 2003 7:13 PM
How about a $1 bill or is that too cheap? :O) Candy bar wrappers or energy bar wrappers work well too.
If the dollar bill doesn't workrollo tommassi
Mar 8, 2003 2:21 PM
Ten bucks will get me a cab ride!! ;)
not me, butJS Haiku Shop
Mar 6, 2003 11:16 AM
early last year on one of our "social" group rides, a guy went charging up an overpass (LOL) in an excessively high gear, shifted up, ripped the rear derailler and tip of the hanger off the frame. i had an alien multitool and converted him to a ss by removing the cable & derailleur and shortening the chain. he rode back to the car with a another (slower) rider and went straight to the bike shop. i've carried an alien on nearly every ride since--it's a ride-saver.
Wasn't a fix, but a buddy once rode 20 mi without a chainStraightblock
Mar 6, 2003 12:17 PM
Back in the early MTB days a group of about 15 of us were on a group ride to Shuteye Peak. It's still a popular ride for MTB'rs, a 20 mile fireroad & 4WD trail climb of 5000'+ to a fire lookout at 8500 ft, and a choice of routes for the descent. About a mile from the top, Glen broke his chain. We were all roadies who were used to never carrying more than a spare tube & tire tools, so of course nobody had a chain tool.

Not wanting to spoil the ride, he pushed his bike the last mile to the summit and still beat a couple of riders in the group. After we regrouped at the top, we headed back down the fire road, figuring Glen would coast as far as possible before we shuttled him back. In the first mile there was one short climb of maybe 100 yards that was too steep for momentum to carry him over, but we found that we could get him thru the flatter sections of the fireroad with Madison-style assists, and he made it all the way back to the cars only dismounting the one time.
re: Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?hinaults dog
Mar 6, 2003 1:26 PM
front hub seizure just outside
stratford upon avon- road 15mi
(before it gave up the ghost about 5mi from
home) with q/r axle spinning in the dropout
Used spokes to wire together compound fracture of femur nmContinental
Mar 6, 2003 1:52 PM
Oh yeah,53T
Mar 6, 2003 2:54 PM
Cut my top tube off with hacksaw to fashion a bypass around leaking primary coolant line at nucular power plant.
Oh yeah, top this...Bruno S
Mar 6, 2003 4:04 PM
Made device out of Mavic Mektronic componentry to jam sensors on alien mothership and avoid abduction.
Used cell phone to call home. Does that count? nmDougSloan
Mar 6, 2003 4:50 PM
A few more, one mine, one a friendrussw19
Mar 6, 2003 5:16 PM
When I was a junior (14 I think) I was riding with my coach, Gene, and his buddy. They were both fast Cat 2 riders and we rode this big loop that I knew where to cut thru it to shorten in by about 10 miles. So when they enevitably dropped me, I would take the short cut and meet back up with them to finish the ride. The loop was about 30 miles out, and 30 miles in. About 15 miles out, and before the shortcut, and luckily for me, before they dropped me, my chain broke. None of us had a chain tool and Gene had to literally push me home for 15 miles. Good thing I wasn't as fat then as I am now, or he would have left me there.

Last December I was riding my mountain bike with my friend Todd. We were about 8 miles into a trail when we heard a loud bang. It was his seat tube on his full suspension Kona snapping. We tried to rig it and just put the seatpost all the way into the frame to hold the break together. It didn't work and as he rode out of the trail, the weld at the top tube broke next. So I was on my mountain bike and I have flat pedals on it. I was wearing my running shoes, so we swapped shoes. I have a size 9 foot, he has an 11. But he squeazed into my shoes and I threw his bike over my shoulder and rode out of the trail carrying his bike while he ran out. It was a fun day. Trying to ride thru singletrack (which I am not good at anyways..I am a roadie, not a mountain biker) with a bike on my shoulder, dodging trees and such... it was like a Keystone Cops episode.

Saved by a quarter.tarwheel
Mar 7, 2003 6:54 AM
Called my wife on a payphone to come pick me up after my seatpost binder bolt broke. Didn't feel like riding 10 miles standing.
Broke a chain, my LBS was at the SAG stop ...Humma Hah
Mar 6, 2003 5:02 PM
... and my favorite mechanic, Andy, who likes my old bike, was on duty. He didn't have a spare chain, but did have a chain tool and re-set the rivet for me. I got down the road a couple of miles and it popped again, which is when I realized the chain link was actually cracked. I ended up in the back of the SAG truck, dragged home busted on a little 28-mile ride, DNFed at 15 miles.

This was the first time in about 25 years I had ridden the bike without a short length of repair chain, two master links, and a chain tool. I had NEVER needed them before and thought I should save the weight.

I NEVER ride without them now.
re: here's onecyclopathic
Mar 6, 2003 11:15 PM
happened to friend on 600km brevet. He broke his old Scott handlebar at stem. After unsuccessful attempt to fix it with stick he rode ~8-12mi with one hand holding stem. At stop (little countryside restaurant) he nagged a couple garden hose clamps and knife from owner and fixed it (stuffed stick in and clamped). Needless to say he rode next 210mi w/o ever getting out of the saddle. I do not know how he got over Skyline drive there's ~6mi downhill
re: Poll: what's meanest "just get home" fix you've done/heard?xcandrew
Mar 7, 2003 1:48 AM
These are "just get home" situations, not necessarily fixes...
One time my right fork tip broke and I carefully rode home on it anyway, figuring that it was unlikely that the other side would fatigue crack in the 4 miles back to home. When it broke, it felt just like a front flat except the tire was fine. Another time, my right rear dropout cracked at the chainstay. I rode about 15 miles back home on that one. I once had a broken spoke 40-45 miles from home very late in the afternoon. I managed to turn the spoke nipples with my fingers (side loading the wheel to take load off the nipples so they could turn) enough to make the wheel rideable without rubbing the brakes, QR open (good thing I had 36 spoke wheels). My pedals once fell apart mid ride - the small pedal "body" separating from the spindle on my Aerolites. I just slid the body back on and rode home making sure to pedal straight. I walked 6 miles home in my wooden soled cleated shoes once after too many flats. Rode 4 miles home on a flat clincher tire...
flat fixmpm32
Mar 7, 2003 8:24 AM
Got a flat with no tube but you have a pump? Was on a ride with some guys and one of them had the sidewall of his old rotted tire give out. We used the insole of a shoe to boot it (it was a big hole) and I tied a knot in the tire right at the hole. It kept air, but the ride was bumpy every time he passed over the knot. We got home though.