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Maiden voyage of the Viscount, the Hindenberg comes to mind(11 posts)

Maiden voyage of the Viscount, the Hindenberg comes to mindLone Gunman
Jun 2, 2002 8:05 PM
I finally got the Viscount on the road. Got the wheels built up and all the parts together and took it out for 20 mile test ride. First thing I noticed was the seat was too high and the bars and hoods might need repositioned. Started down a hill and hit the brakes and noticed the headset was loose. Headed toward a small town and encountered a group of BMXrs on the wrong side of the road with traffic coming up behind me, so now were playing chicken on a busy street. I shifted to the big chain ring and promptly dropped the chain. Had to stop and fix. Somehow flipped a brake release and had little rear brake as I rolled to a stop sign. Stop and fix that. Had this loud rubbing chain against chainring noise that I could only get rid of when I shifted up 2 cogs from the little or when I went to the big ring. No idea why, but would need some work. Got out into the country, cruising along at about 15mph and BAM, T-boned a dog that came running out of no where. Somehow I did not crash and the dog didn't appear to be hurt, just really scared. Mind you I have been riding for 10 minutes at this point.

Got going again, still got the rubbing noise and decided to check out the bike at the next little town. New rear wheel is out of true already. Open the brakes up so I can keep going. Started to ride again and the seat moved and is floppin' around and I did not bring a allen key to fix. Went a little further up the road and ran across some MTB kids that were standing around watching a kid on a quad drive around. I stopped and asked if they happened to have a set of allen keys. Miraculously, out of his pocket the kid produces a full set of metric keys. I am out in the middle of Hooterville and this kid pulls out a set of METRIC KEYS!! Fixed the seat, cruised home and wrenched on the rest of the problems and appear to have them fixed.

24 years of riding and I had things happen that I have never encountered in all those years: never hit a dog, played chicken with a BMXr, seat almost fell off, chain rubbing rings. Unreal.
HA HA HA HA HA! Great post! 'BAM, T-boned a dog' HA HA HA HA!scottfree
Jun 3, 2002 5:08 AM
Brave manNessism
Jun 3, 2002 5:19 AM
Out for a shake down ride without a set of allen wrenches? Never! I pack a Cool Tool whenever I go out (riding that is). Almost never use it but I just know the one day I leave it at home, I'll need it.

Great story by the way! Good luck with your new toy.

Brave manLone Gunman
Jun 3, 2002 9:58 AM
I had a full set of sockets in the handle of my handy dandy rachet screwdriver set that would fix F&R derailers, brakes. As I left, those 2 items were the only things I was worried about fixing. The only allen bolts on the bike are the seat post and the saddle fix bolt, so really no need to carry one. Always have them on my other bike, but this one is so old that allen keys were not in use yet by shimano.
no support or team car? sheesh....thats old skool ;-) NMSpirito
Jun 3, 2002 11:30 AM
"Team car" = wife and kids in the minivan...Nessism
Jun 3, 2002 6:46 PM
...and I'm proud to say I've never had to make that call (knock on wood).

those were signs that you should go home that day!(nm)merckx56
Jun 3, 2002 5:53 AM
its good to get the small things out of the way early ;-) NMSpirito
Jun 3, 2002 11:28 AM
i used to tell people...merckx56
Jun 3, 2002 3:49 PM
when they picked up their new, high $ road bikes at the shop to just go outside and drop it in the parking lot. just let it fall over! that way, the trauma of the first nick or scratch is out of the way and the riding could commence. i just chain-sucked my new Look and whacked the stay pretty good. small scratches that are only visible to me, but at least it's over with! i ate up the repaint on the Merckx when i was building it! i clamped it by the seat tube (dumbass!) and it slipped. i kept wondering where all the orange paint was coming from...yep, you guessed it; the inside of the seat stays! D'OH! no more mishaps since!
my ritual for all new bikesgtx
Jun 3, 2002 7:55 PM
a nice, long fire road ride. Of course, the mtbs don't have it so easy...
Great story: reiterates the dynamic bicycling law...Djudd
Jun 3, 2002 12:29 PM
you will leave without the tool you need the most. I've been the victim of this law too many times