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Friday poll: all those things you learn in hard way(60 posts)

Friday poll: all those things you learn in hard waycyclopathic
Oct 17, 2003 9:29 AM
1) before you link chain together make sure you threaded it right through RD
2) No, if you flatted on fish hook you can't take it out: bring pliers
3) when you flatted make sure you got what got you out of tire
4) and don't forget to pump it up well!
5) or bring spare,
6) and pump.
7) Kool covers doesn't work well with your Look cleats.. when you leave them home.
8) do not misplace family jewels when freehub fails to engage
9) or you pull foot out of pedal
10) missing shoes are exiting to find.. at the end of 2hr drive

and the best so far:

never apply Bag Balm with the hand you just rubbed IcyHot on your knees.
you can't ride THROUGH a collie.(nm)funknuggets
Oct 17, 2003 9:38 AM
or an English Mastiff.(nm)zero85ZEN
Oct 17, 2003 9:49 AM
Or a boxer... I see a pattern here:-) nmDave Hickey
Oct 17, 2003 9:54 AM
but you CAN ride over Jack Russellcyclopathic
Oct 17, 2003 10:15 AM
and it is softer then 12" log :)
...dont know of any cyclist fast enough to hit one... nmSteve_0
Oct 17, 2003 10:27 AM
now you docyclopathic
Oct 17, 2003 11:30 AM
actually I was trying to get awy from. Thing didn't have brains to realize that if it tries to block me I can't stop on dime.
or a Boston Terrier named "Lucky" nm4bykn
Oct 19, 2003 4:30 PM
Or a ford Taurus NMLen J
Oct 17, 2003 10:32 AM
Don't forget you have a front v-brake instead of the old caliperhrv
Oct 17, 2003 9:49 AM
Just found this out on the old mtb. I use for fishing. Went last evening, got into a rough trail section ,grabbed a handful of brake and major endo followed, with 14' fishing rod, wading staff, fanny pack, waders on, .....

Man that brake is powerful!!!
re: Friday poll: all those things you learn in hard wayDave Hickey
Oct 17, 2003 9:49 AM
1. If you forget your sparetube, you will flat
2. If you bring your framepump, 2 tubes, CO2, tire levers, you won't flat
3. Riding your fixed gear and bring all of #2 but forget your peanut butter wrench, you will flat.
what's a peanut butter wrench?ChazWicked
Oct 17, 2003 12:14 PM
I've seen two references to the aforementioned tool.
chaz
It's a light weight deep dish 15mm wrench.Dave Hickey
Oct 17, 2003 1:06 PM
15mm is the standard size track nut. The handle is flat so it also works as a peanut butter knife:-)
Always have a spare tubebimini
Oct 17, 2003 9:52 AM
Had a flat 20 miles from nowhere. Patched it with my patch kit and then cracked the stem pumping up the tire. Walked two miles to the closest podunk town. Of course there was nowhere to buy a tube.

ended up packing the tire with grass and paper and pedaling very slowly back home. Ruined the tire and did the rim no good.
Don't eat shrimp the night before a big ride (nm)TREKY
Oct 17, 2003 9:56 AM
Or chili (nm)Mike P
Oct 17, 2003 10:03 AM
Prunes don't make good pre-ride meal toocyclopathic
Oct 17, 2003 10:03 AM
tired and true ;)
or a bacon, egg, & cheese burrito + oatmeal..._rt_
Oct 17, 2003 10:12 AM
it was a 24 hr race, what can i say? i thought stocking up on calories & carbs would be good.......unfortunately they didn't stick around long enough to be much help.

rt
or drink 10 margs at a rock concert the night before a race (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 17, 2003 10:29 AM
OK I object to this, and I don't even require a rock concert! nmAsiago
Oct 17, 2003 10:40 AM
Let's just say it was uglyColnagoFE
Oct 17, 2003 10:45 AM
Mt Evans Hill Climb on no sleep with a bad hangover. I think I burned the hangover off by about half way up. How I managed to not throw up is a mystery to this day. One of those "never again" moments.
mt evans was sweetChazWicked
Oct 17, 2003 12:16 PM
What a fantastic race. I've never been up there and the high altitude views were epic. Hope you made it off the top before the rain hit.
this was a few years ago...(nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 17, 2003 1:07 PM
Anyone read Bob Rolls new book?Dave Hickey
Oct 17, 2003 10:36 AM
He told a story about eating too much and HAD to stop during a race to take a sh!t. He went behind some bushes and let it fly. Little did he know there was a French family having lunch. He goes on and on and I won't spoil it for you. I was reading it on an airplane yesterday and couldn't stop laughing.
what's the name of the book? sounds good (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 17, 2003 10:46 AM
bobke II. It's a good read(nm)Dave Hickey
Oct 17, 2003 11:23 AM
Squirrels make bad decisions.....Creaky Carnivore
Oct 17, 2003 9:59 AM
and always end up going the same direction you are.
and groundhogs. nmSpunout
Oct 17, 2003 10:04 AM
and Rabbits. nmtoomanybikes
Oct 17, 2003 11:08 AM
and mice (nm)Frith
Oct 17, 2003 7:32 PM
Squirrels make REALLY bad decisions.....chbarr
Oct 18, 2003 7:31 AM
You see, I don't find they go the same direction I go. Going the same direction I am is no problem--I can usually drop them (save for the one who had flames painted down his side and a big honkin' "Dura-Ace" lable).

Going the opposit direction isn't that big a deal either--it's just like another bike on the trail. So long as it keeps to its lane, I have no problem with the squirrel.

It's the ones who get halfway accross the street in front of you ("he's out of my way"), then change their mind, and go back IN FRONT OF YOU.

I no longer feel too bad about the ones whos tails I run over. They often do it to themselves.
Make sure your quick releases are sufficiently tight...gf99
Oct 17, 2003 10:05 AM
Had my rear wheel pop out when accelerating hard, out of the saddle, after the light turned green. There were around ten cars lined up behind me with a few cyclists mixed in (popular training route). As I lay in the middle of the intersection, a woman polks her head out the window of her big SUV: "Are you ok?".

One more thing. This is in front of a local college with lots of students milling about enjoying the entertainment I'm providing.
There is such a thing as too much blue loctite. nmTNSquared
Oct 17, 2003 10:15 AM
or blue and red locktite...not the same thing nmFrith
Oct 17, 2003 11:02 AM
'hey, rt! where's your front wheel?!'_rt_
Oct 17, 2003 10:30 AM
1) always check to be sure you took your front wheel.

2) the ground is hard. very hard.

3) i can control the weather with the number of bikes i put on my roof rack: 1 = showers likely; 2 = showers assurred, gale force winds likely; 3 = natural disaster ensured.

rt
Don't linger over breakfast and the newspapers . . .ms
Oct 17, 2003 10:34 AM
I can't count the number of times that I have procrastinated on a nice Saturday or Sunday morning, then gotten ready to ride and have the weather change for the worse. I have learned that if the weather is good, get out on the road asap on the weekend.
That car coming out the driveway doesn't always see you.nmStraightblock
Oct 17, 2003 10:34 AM
The vehicle you decide is the least threat will plow into you...biknben
Oct 17, 2003 10:38 AM
Some may remember my story from the spring. Anyway, I approached a crazy intersection while riding. I've got one eye on a car on the right who I think may pull out. I've got one eye on my mirror scoping out the traffic behind me. I end up t-boning the car that pulled out from my left.
High speed blind curve = bionic shoulder. (nm)Chen2
Oct 17, 2003 10:38 AM
If your guts have that "funny" feeling.........MR_GRUMPY
Oct 17, 2003 10:38 AM
going for a ride will not calm them down.
If your guts have that "funny" feeling, and you do go for a ride, make sure you bring lots of toilet paper.
If your guts have that "funny" feeling, and you do go for a ride, make sure that your route has some areas with lots of trees.
and...Dave Hickey
Oct 17, 2003 11:25 AM
When you guts have that funny feeling, don't try to fart:-(
Dave Hickey I just laughed out loud in the middle of the officeDjudd
Oct 17, 2003 8:20 PM
LocksMisJG
Oct 17, 2003 10:39 AM
Making sure you have your u-lock before you leave your house on your one-hour commute to work is a good idea.

Making sure you have the key to your u-lock is a better idea.

Hiding your bike under the stairs in a parking garage when you forgot to bring the key to your u-lock may work in a pinch, but you don't get much work done checking on your bike every 15 minutes.

Having a cable lock that uses a combination instead of a key to supplement your u-lock is a good idea, especially when you forget the key to your u-lock at home.
Gravity is a constant (nm)MisJG
Oct 17, 2003 10:42 AM
Gravity is your friend..._rt_
Oct 17, 2003 11:59 AM
especially on a mountain bike

as long as you remain upright

otherwise, gravity is most definately NOT your friend.

rt
gravity hurtsChazWicked
Oct 17, 2003 12:23 PM
...if your gearing is too tall for the hill. Hey rt, shouldn't you be posting this sort of thing on mtbr? Seems I see you here more than the land of dirt. Can't say that I blame you as this place is a bit calmer and usually less confrontational and petty... though not always.

chaz (aka Zaphod)
i swing both ways..._rt_
Oct 17, 2003 12:28 PM
sometimes i like to go fast without having to worry about trees.....granted i wasn't going very fast here but...



gravity was definately not my friend when that pic was taken!

rt
Never, EVER, replace OEMKG 361
Oct 17, 2003 10:44 AM
Chainring bolts
rear derailer pulleys
For ligheter ones!
Occasional pedal scraping eventually = crash by pedal strike.nmJFR
Oct 17, 2003 11:04 AM
nm
oops, meant to reply to main thread :) -nmJFR
Oct 17, 2003 11:05 AM
nm
Bees hate being inhaled - breathe through your nose. nmdzrider
Oct 17, 2003 10:57 AM
North Carolinian squirells are fierce. nmSteve_0
Oct 17, 2003 11:24 AM
re: Friday poll: all those things you learn in hard wayaliensporebomb
Oct 17, 2003 11:46 AM
(1) don't ride behind your impulsive friend who stops abruptly without warning, couldn't clip out near fast enough. Knee hurt.

(2) Don't ride a bike way too big for you. You'll mount
and ride the thing and then spend hours finding a tall
enough obstacle to dismount on. Or just fall over.

(3) Don't assume everyone is as hot on cycling as you are,
because they won't be. Maybe even your spouse.

(4) When you try clipless for the first time, lean up against a tree in the front yard of your house for about two hours clipping and unclipping. When you actually go for a ride, make sure the place you try them has a large
patch of grass for you to fall over in. NOT a rock garden.
re: LOL rockgardencyclopathic
Oct 17, 2003 11:52 AM
never take you spanking new Times to show off.
2) This goes double for fixed gear (nm)Humma Hah
Oct 17, 2003 2:22 PM
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Apply sunblock - even if it's a foggy morning. n/mkjkrueger
Oct 17, 2003 1:04 PM
The earlier you intentinally clip out...kjkrueger
Oct 17, 2003 1:07 PM
the easier it is to accidentally clip back in...
and the more likely it is that you won't hear it click.
re: Friday poll: all those things you learn in hard wayweatherx
Oct 17, 2003 1:18 PM
after fixing a flat, engage your brake before taking off.

wash your water bottle/camelbaks--right after a ride

do laundry.
A nice new bike doesn't make you any faster nmContinental
Oct 17, 2003 1:31 PM
re: Friday poll: all those things you learn in hard wayMShaw
Oct 17, 2003 2:48 PM
The one time you have a bike on the roof rack and forget about it is the time you'll want to go through Mcdonald's drive through/parking garage/regular garage/etc.

Pack two of everything, that way when you find out you've forgotten one thing, you still have the "backup."

The best one: the guy that gets to the ride the latest is the one that needs to do a complete overhaul before the ride starts.

Mike