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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 3117
Location: Midland, MI

8/13/21 9:29 AM

Friday 13th ride

Not much of a believer in superstitions but it's fun to use the date for something. We're on our regular Friday ride today and I notice that my seat is low. Then I notice it is "quite low" and that I can change the angle by pushing on it with my thigh. I've never had a seat post bolt "come loose" before but I have the needed wrench so I plan to tighten it when we get to the point of the ride where some go on for a longer distance and I head home. Meanwhile another guy who planned to take the "short loop" with me is complaining that his right pedal feels funny. We stop and I get out my 4mm wrench, loosen the clamp bolt, bring the seat up to the right height, start tightening the clamp bolt and hear/feel a CRACK. As they say in Deutschland, SHEISSE! Broken clamp. The only saving grace is that I have a Thompson post with a bend, so the post can only drop so far. 17 miles from home but I can make it as a "low rider." The other guy is still complaining about his pedal feeling funny.

We ride about a mile and on a little incline I hear him saying something. We stop and his Ultegra right crank has split. It wasn't his pedal, it was the crank coming apart right from left. This is the second one of these I have seen in the past year and apparently it is well-publicized on bike forums. While I could ride home, he could not! I rode straight to a bike shop and got a new seat clamp. I hope he got a ride home. What are the chances of two such failures on the same ride? Friday the 13th!

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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2734
Location: hillbilly heaven

8/13/21 10:03 AM

I'm not riding today....

The real reson is its too hot.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 18166
Location: PDX

8/13/21 10:27 AM

Heat here... We are in another 3 day heat event. Not 116^ like last one, but just was forecast to be 103-108^. The hottest of the 3 day peaked @ 103^ giving us a little break VS what was forecast.

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LeeW
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
Posts: 397
Location: near Baltimore, MD

8/13/21 11:21 AM

The guy could have ridden home one legged, right? 😳

I once had a pedal axle sheer clean off and a ride I rode home 6 miles doing one leg drills. There was about a one mile incline at 6-7% and thought my quad was to fall off. Lol

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 3117
Location: Midland, MI

8/15/21 1:59 PM

Peg leg Peet

After the guy told me that he was OK and had somebody to call, I took off. 16 miles to go. Later I thought "I wonder if he could have done it one-legged?" And then I thought "If this had happened to me would I have done it one-legged?" We'll never know. And it would have been left-leg, which is my weaker leg.

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 3117
Location: Midland, MI

9/4/21 2:29 PM

Another one

And now yesterday I'm in a rotating pace line of about 10 folks and the people in front offer no warning. All of a sudden there are bikes going every which way and a bunch of water bottles on the road. I'm trying to dodge them when I hit the cause of the problem: one of those water line valve caps (6 in diameter metal cap) has been nit by a car tire and flipped, so the flange that is suppose to anchor it into the road is sticking up. Picture a cast iron round cake pan with the sides sticking straight up about 3 inches above the road surface. I hit it square on and DOUBLE pinch flat.

They all took off and it took me 20 minutes to get back on the road. I carry one spare tube so I had to use a Park instant patch on the second tube, and it was hard to find the snake bite because the air leaked out as fast as I could pump. I started balling up the inner tube and holding it while pumping and finally found the holes. Plus, in all the confusion somebody took one of my water bottles (the full one) that had ejected! Luckily they must have left theirs behind so at least I had water.

Only later in the ride did I start to get pi$$ed about how the riders on the front gave no warning even though they had a clear line of sight to the hazard. Sometimes I think people just don't know how to lead. Good riders would have easily spotted the problem and led the group right around the thing with hardly a word said. Annoying to say the least!

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 18166
Location: PDX

9/4/21 3:44 PM

"I hit it square on and DOUBLE pinch flat"

But was it double snake bites each of your wheels?

I have only had one snake bit single wheel double pinch in all my road riding decades...

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6545
Location: Maine

9/4/21 3:53 PM

Bummer

Yes, obviously experienced riders signal obstructions and ride around them, and the signal passes down the line.

I donít do pacelines anymore, except maybe in an event if Iím comfortable with the other riders. Once when I hadnít ridden awhile I started a club ďBĒ ride and after about 10 minutes in the pack I said ďIím out of hereĒ and went to the front and stayed there. Riding in a paceline is a skill and lots donít know how to do it - they stand and slip the rear wheel back on hills, brake without notice, etc.

Iím too old and lifeís too short for that. Now get off my lawn too!

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lrzipris
Joined: 04 Mar 2004
Posts: 528
Location: Doylestown, PA

9/5/21 7:40 PM

Paceline Etiquette

When I started riding, there were a number of other novices, mostly men in their 40s. Over the years, their idea of becoming better riders was to ride faster. They got faster and stronger but not smarter or wiser. Group rides were more like bike polo than recreational.

I, on the other hand, know what I don't know, and ride accordingly--mostly solo these days, or with a friend or two.

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 3117
Location: Midland, MI

9/6/21 9:28 AM

Bites


quote:
But was it double snake bites each of your wheels?


Yup. And not little snake bite holes, but each about 2 mm long. They were big enough that I needed to use two patches on each tube - I wanted a patch centered on each hole.

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