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"The Joys of Cycling" or "The $5 Boot"(5 posts)

"The Joys of Cycling" or "The $5 Boot"PaulCL
Jul 9, 2003 7:13 AM
I'm from a small midwest city, and I can't believe it happened to forum.

Seriously. I had a run-in with a Billy-bob in his pickemuptruck this AM. In a driving rain storm, on an empty road, this AH drove up behind me, laid on his horn, and nearly clipped me. The road was empty, but he couldn't move over. I was too busy trying to stay upright to get his plate number. Jerk.

I ran into a crevice on the road. Almost went down, but skidded sideways on a blown tire and my cleats. Tore the sidewall of my tire, bent my rim. I booted the tube with a $5 bill (a trick I learned off this board - it works! Thanks). Went 100 yards and it blew again. Changed the tube again with a patch on the tire too. I then noticed that my rim was bent at the lip. Yippee. Finally fixed the wheel to make it rideable. All this in a rainstorm.

After two miles crawling home, feeling like I would make it, chugging up a hill, a spoke popped. Whaddaday. Two blown tubes, bent rim, popped spoke, ruined tire all caused by some dumbs**t in a truck screwing around with my life. I finally got home. Man, was I filthy.

On an optimistic note: I just got back from a week long riding trip through Colorado and Wyoming. 500+ miles in six days of riding. Not one single mechanical. Not one. Got home ten days ago: five flats, popped spoke, rim bent, ruined tire. Hey, I'd rather have it happen at home and not ruin a vacation.

Be safe out there. There are a lot of morons in this world. If you see a pick up, just assume the driver is an AH. Its' a safe bet. Paul
Your luck has got to improve!t0adman
Jul 9, 2003 7:51 AM
Sorry to hear about your miserable ride. Like you said, it's better to have happen near home than on your 500+ miler.

Although I'm often tempted myself, don't let one bafoon in a pickup taint your whole view of pickup drivers, or in may case sometimes, mankind in general! I've been cruising down rural roads, enjoying the feedlots, and had farmers take a wide path around me, nod and smile as they drove by. Just a couple weekends ago on a club ride an enormous pickup stopped and let a group of 15 of us go by with nothing but smiles and waves. That's not to say I haven't had my run-ins with the AHs. Benefit of the doubt, what else can you do.

Ride safe and better luck.
Jul 9, 2003 8:13 AM
I agree, I shouldn't slam pickups. My neighbors on either side drive pickups. They don't need them, but they think there' cool. A computer programmer and a doctor who drive pickups..go figure.

Luck comes in waves. Right now, I'm riding a bad wave. Time to get off.
The $20 boot works better ;-)loki_1
Jul 9, 2003 10:09 AM
It has to... it's more expensive. I'm just glad you didnt go with that cheap $1 fix.

Your Colorado/Wyoming trip sounds great, any pics to post?

Don't knock all pickup truck drivers, I have bikes in the back of my truck.

Better luck tomorrow.
Naw...too muchPaulCL
Jul 9, 2003 4:36 PM
I just took the tire off this evening. The $5 bill is ripped to shreds. I don't know if the bank will replace such a ripped, filthy, miscolored bill. But it was worth every penny not to have to call my wife and wake her up and say "come pick me up honey". I'd pay for that one for years.