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Freak incident, long walk home.(11 posts)

Freak incident, long walk home.Juanmoretime
Apr 16, 2003 12:42 AM
I spoke to a friend of mine last night. He was out yesterday riding and it was a pretty windy day. He was out in the country and suddenly a grocery bag blew into his chain taking out the chain, trashing the rear derailleur, and when the derailleur went 6 spokes. He had about a 9 mile walk home. Fortunately he didn't crash. Watch out for blowing debris.
Ditto (d'oh)mass_biker
Apr 16, 2003 3:13 AM
A few years ago. 80 mile ride. We were about 40 miles out of town and heading back in. The road ahead was closed and the construction crews forced us to make our way on a short (<100m) trail that went through the woods and bypassed the huge ditch they were working. Trail is totally rideable so I ride it. I pick up a stick in the rear tire (a twig really) and it gets wrapped around my rear derailleur and rips it off the replaceable hanger (!). I mean, right off.

No chain tool, about 40 miles from home, and my riding pals take turns pushing and pulling me to a bike store. Use a chain tool to single-speedize the bike (the derailleur hanger is toast and the derailleur is useless) and try to pedal home.

Within 5 miles the chain breaks (too much tension?) and we are back to push and pull. Suddenly a dog runs out from the bushes and attacks one of my friends, taco-ing his wheel. He stops to exchange words with the dog's owner (his wheel is toast - who knew cocker spaniels could get so aggro) and me and the other guy keep plodding along.

About ten minutes later, my ruined-wheel-friend shows up next to us riding shotgun in a tiny Suzuki Samurai driven by the owner of the dog and I finagle myself a ride as well. We zip back into town while the driver nurses a Coors that he has cradled between his legs, two bikes crammed into the rear, with hands perched on the door handle ready to jump out at a moment's notice.

Lesson - be careful of all debris. And bring a chain tool too.

Yikes - what a story!! (nm)jtferraro
Apr 16, 2003 5:15 AM
re: Freak incident, long walk home.spuncrazy
Apr 16, 2003 5:13 AM
A friend of mine had a similar thing happen.

On a Mountain bike ride we were on a road section and he hit a liter coke bottle. The bottle flew up into the drive chain and snapped off his rear derailleur. He had to break the chain and single speed it home.
Apr 16, 2003 5:23 AM
I've never had a derailer incident. However, if I do, how do you convert a bike to a single speed with a chain break?
Apr 16, 2003 5:41 AM
Never done it, but I imagine you just bypass the now-missing rear derailer and put the chain straight on the rear cassette.......taking out a few links in the chain of course.
Tower's got it...Steve_0
Apr 16, 2003 5:48 AM
but he's missing the critical element; make sure you select a cog which creates a straight chainline. Otherwise you're just going to bust the chain in a 1/2mile or so.
the deralieur provides the tension for the chainFrith
Apr 16, 2003 5:52 AM
Once that's gone the only thing you can do is take out a number of links to get close to the right tension.
this is why i carry a cell phone. glad he's ok. :) nmraboboy
Apr 16, 2003 7:23 AM
re: Freak incident, long walk home.MWM
Apr 16, 2003 7:50 AM
I was only about 5 miles from home last summer when one of my crank arms came loose. I had no plastic cover plugs on the cranks and by the time I noticed the looseness, the crank arm nut had vanished. With one crank arm in hand, I limped home on one pedal - harder than you'd think. I check crank nuts regularly now instead of just once a summer and keep those plastic cover plugs in place.
Taxi is a way homeridingthegyro
Apr 17, 2003 1:21 AM
my bike broke down next to the Lincoln Memorial in DC many years ago (don't remember what the problem was). I just hailed one of many cabs in the area (bike placed in the trunk) and was home in no time