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Old 07-29-19, 05:15 AM
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I have two fairly recent ones.

Build a bike for my girlfriend together with a nice bashguard on the cranks and a cool old French chainguard.
She rides it to the trainstation and complains about the bashguard hitting the chainguard.
I wiggle the chainguard a few times until it stops scraping. She rides it again and after a few meters the scraping starts again.
Turns out the crankbolt had come loose and was just flopping around on there...
Tighten it down and it all stops being a problem.
I'm still not sure if I just didn't tighten it or if it has come loose in the meantime.

Another one is where I rode up a mountain in the Alps and on the way down hit a pothole and break some spokes without the proper tools or parts.
The only way to move is to unclip the rear brakes.

To make sure I have enough strength I adjust the front cantilever brakes and tighten them down... *crack*! The clamping bolt of the brake pad stud just completely snaps off.
So now I am without front brakes on a 20km (13mile) 10-15% downhill.
In the end I managed to adjust the rear brakes to have minimal drag and so that I could at least brake in short bursts.
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Old 07-29-19, 06:24 AM
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You guys make me feel much better, in a year or two of wrenching old bikes i have done what took you guys a lifetime,scars to prove it
Chicks dig scars, or so they told me.





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Old 07-29-19, 11:30 AM
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This thread makes me feel much better - I just did the classic "cut the housing with the cable still in it" blunder last night. The worst part is, I had literally reminded myself not to do this only thirty seconds before I did it. Late night wrenching has its perils. Although this morning I found a spare brake cable hiding other some other bike rubbish on my workbench, so that was lucky! Now I just need to find the bar tape that has gone missing...

I've been putting a new bike together for the first time and thankfully this is the only self-inflicted loss I've had so far (although I guess we'll see once I ride it for the first time and I find out what falls off).
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Old 07-29-19, 01:16 PM
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  • Not taking that left turn at Albuquerque (Bugs)
  • not retracting the extractor head before threading on the crank puller to a crank
  • not checking that the stem bolt that secures the handle bars is tight and then rotating the bars under hard braking
  • not checking the seat clamp bolt is fully tightened before going on a test ride and having to ride bow legged back home
  • Sinking money into nice upgrades before fully and thoroughly test riding the bike (i.e. finding out too late it doesn't fit quite right or you don't like the ride)
  • Driving with a load not properly tied down (Sure thing)
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Old 07-29-19, 01:23 PM
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I just did this one... ( i guess I am in a 12 step program for mechanical dummies!)

1) Screw crank remover into the crank arm, being careful to ensure good thread engagement so you dont pull the threads out of the aluminum crank arm.
2) screw in the crank extractor by hand until you feel it hit the end of the BB spindle.
3) check that the crank bolt is out by locating it before you torque on the tool (there it is on the ground under the bike)
4) start torquing on the extractor tool
5) say, DAMN this thing is on TIGHT!
6) get a longer wrench for more torque application.
7) feel jubilation when the enhanced wrench starts to spin
8) Feel defeat when it just spins, and the crank arm is on tight.
9) Pull out the crank extractor.
10) curse when you realize that the big fat washer was still in there and you never got the tool to touch the BB spindle.
11) go inside and order a new crank extraction tool
12) wait until it arrives and finish the job 3 days later.

Good news though, new tools are good, and the new to me Campy Chorus first generation crank isnt mangled!
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Old 07-29-19, 01:26 PM
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^^^^^ oh yeah, I have done all of the previously mentioned silliness as well over the long years! wrench long enough and you will do it all!
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Old 07-29-19, 01:57 PM
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My most recent snafu. Can anyone see the problem? Soooo stuuupid..!


Perhaps this will help...
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Old 07-30-19, 09:53 AM
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Someone sneaked into your place and relaced that wheel with the crosses off by two spokes.
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Old 07-30-19, 10:39 AM
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My most recent snafu. Can anyone see the problem? Soooo stuuupid..!


Perhaps this will help...
We all do that. Plan as we might, it happens.
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Old 07-30-19, 10:41 AM
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Since we're getting nitpicky, am I the only one who has ever installed both cranks pointing in the same direction?
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Old 07-30-19, 10:45 AM
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^^^^ way to common to even mention!^^^^^
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Old 07-30-19, 11:26 AM
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I think I can beat all of you. It is painful to write this, even 36 years later.

I was a bike shop mechanic. A high-rolling customer brought in his very fancy aluminum-frame bike for us to work on. I told him I'd be doing the work. He gave me a $10 tip before I started, to make sure I took good care. This was before the Cannondale bikes came out, so aluminum-frame bikes were exotic.

I carefully clamped the top tube in the stand and did the work.

Afterward, I noticed that the top tube was not round. I showed my boss. He was very upset, understandably. The next day was my day off, so the boss worked to re-round the top tube. He used blocks, and he rocked the frame in the blocks. It left hideous creases in the tube. I don't remember if he paid the customer for the damage.

Then later research revealed that the top tube came unround and that I had not ruined it. So my boss did the damage, but in a sense, it was the fault of both of us. We should have found out before doing further work.

I remember the customer's name to this day. I just googled him and see he now lives in Florida. I never saw him after he gave me that tip. Needless to say, he was not a repeat customer.

Only weeks after this happened, I rode from Manhattan to Tanglewood over the course of two days. I stayed at a B&B in Lenox, MA. The host told me that a guy on a fancy bike had just stayed there. It was the customer. Oof, that was painful to hear. I didn't tell the host the story.

Do I win?
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Old 07-30-19, 11:39 AM
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Do I win?
Most probably. Ouch! Even just reading it hurts.
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Old 07-30-19, 01:31 PM
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Do I win?
I'd say that you win this one, Tom. You know, on second thought, I'd have to give the win to your boss. After all, I'm assuming that 36 years ago you were still a freshman mechanic, but that sounds like a snafu that even the best of us could encounter anytime anywhere!
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Old 07-30-19, 02:22 PM
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Old 07-30-19, 02:27 PM
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Hmmm, "Land of the pharaohs....."
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Old 07-30-19, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
We all do that. Plan as we might, it happens.
Especially when you're trying to be clever, on, say the 3rd or 4th wheel you've built and thinking you're pretty smart getting the hub logo lined up with the valve hole....and you miss this.
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Old 07-30-19, 07:00 PM
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Chicks dig scars, or so they told me.

Liars.

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For every SNAFU, a silver lining, be it a story, a scary lesson, or a handsome scar. Or all three. Anyway, coetaneous pedaling.

Stripped the crank pin thread in both cottered steel cranks on my old 3-speed Skyway (Japanese bike from the early 70's).

Peened over end of the pins with a hammer to make the nuts stay on (because when your only tool is a hammer...), but of course they kept loosening up. The crank would "hitch" or flip-flop through 15 or 20 degrees of free rotation at a certain spot on each pedal stroke. If you ever rode with loose cotters you likely experienced this.

This flip-flop point is actually showing you where the dead spot is in your pedalling technique, and you can learn how to make it "go away" by forcing each leg catch up and stay with the other. The best way I can describe it is that it's like you are doing one-legged pedalling drills with both legs coetaneously (yeah that's a word, learnit damit spellcheck).

Lo...the first crude "powercranks"... years before Dr. Frank Day invented them. A lot cheaper too.
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Find a suitable hand patch, finish the job...



Then disinfect.



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