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Old 07-26-19, 12:30 PM
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Oh, I feel your pain. In 1977 I was working a late night in the back room of Happy Spokes in Chico, California (no, really, somebody named a bike shop Happy Spokes, and somebody named a town "Little Boy" in Spanish). A customer had brought in one of those really nasty Italian bikes with crappy frames but full Nuovo Record gruppo. You know, the kind of bike that some of us bought for the components and just threw the frame away? Anyway, the chainline was so far off that there was no way to get it to shift adequately. So, I undertook to coldset the stays for alignment. That frame was a beast! I managed to line everything up with the bike in a shop stand, my foot on the crank spindle, and my back and arms straining like Hercules Big Arms. After that process, the bike shifted great. When I took it from the stand, though, I realized the shop stand had put a huge dent in the seat tube. The customer was satisfied to get a free repair and didn't care about the dent, fortunately. I felt pretty stupid.

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I realized mistakes had been made when the left hollowtech crank arm detached itself from the bike and remained, with the pedal , clipped to my shoe. The lady who witnessed it said she was impressed I was able to stop without crashing. Hard to look nonchalant when you have a loose crank arm attached to your body. First thing I did when I got home was order a torque wrench, then signed up for that bike repair course down at Commie Martyrs High School.
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Missed the turnoff to the Antelope Freeway...
Did I pass a gas station? No, but the fox did.
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Old 07-26-19, 12:48 PM
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Spending hours trying to get a pedal out until you realize your going the wrong direction.

So you guys are saying it's bad when I chain saw in shorts and sandals?
Yep, watched a guy in said articles, with large bow saw in hand do a patela-ectomy on hisself. In Point Clear, AL, following Hurricane Fredrick to clear away pines fallen on bay front houses. We warned him multiple times about his attire and how he handles a saw, said he knew what he was doing. After one hour we heard screams around the corner and people went running. Was not pretty at all, everyone got more careful about their work for some reason.

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Old 07-26-19, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
Yep, watched a guy in said articles, with large bow saw in hand do a patela-ectomy on hisself. In Point Clear, AL, following Hurricane Fredrick to clear away pines fallen on bay front houses. We warned him multiple times about his attire and how he handles a saw, said he knew what he was doing. After one hour we heard screams around the corner and people went running. Was not pretty at all, everyone got more careful about their work for some reason.

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So despite what he said, he really didn't know what he was doing, huh?
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Old 07-26-19, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
I was lucky enough to have the services of Mike Barry at my disposal. He'd developed a technique involving a custom clamp for hub flanges. I didn't see it happen either.
Cool! So was I. But neither did I see it.
R.I.P. Mike.

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Old 07-26-19, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Lycra AND sandals? Now there's an image that won't go away for a while ...
Ya need socks with them sandals...

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Missed the turnoff to the Antelope Freeway...
Heck if you lived there you'd be home now.
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Old 07-26-19, 04:03 PM
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Did you get the freewheel off? I believe you can attach a small number of spokes and a rim and get it off that way. I suggested it to someone in that position, and he said it worked, but I was not there.
I tried that, and ultimately destroyed the freewheel getting it off with a hammer and chisel. Fortunately it was the hub I was after. (I had bought it like that)
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Old 07-27-19, 04:31 PM
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Took a freshly finished bike for a test ride, I was doing the "cowboy" mount and just about had my right leg over the saddle when the handlebars turned 90 degrees to the bike which was immediately followed by me face planting on the concrete. No damage to the bike and nothing broken on me but there was some blood........ Hurt like hell. I am now fanatical about checking the stem hardware before all test rides.
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So despite what he said, he really didn't know what he was doing, huh?
Yep, if it had not been so gruesome a wound, and the poor guy was going into shock as they took him away, "We Told You So," would have been shouted at him repeatedly.

Man, they had what was left of his patella wrapped up in a towel someone fetched, never heard what happened to him either, its been 40 years since Fredrick hit us.

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Old 07-27-19, 06:03 PM
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Oh - also - I once installed a crankset with the chainrings on the left side of the bike.
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More times than I can remember, and you'd think "one" would do it, I've fed a chain through the rear derailer so that it runs outside the little bar that separates the cage plates. And not noticed until after I've driven in the rivet. Of course. Not a biggie today with quick links, and just a nuisance of wasted time in the days of 6-speed chains with old-fashioned rivets, but in that transition time of peened rivets before quick links, having to open and close a link was an invitation to a broken chain somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
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Ah, Les, but how many miles have you ridden that way? I know it works for 2 miles, or until you try to backpedal.
I think I read that somewhere; for sure it didn't happen to me.

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More times than I can remember, and you'd think "one" would do it, I've fed a chain through the rear derailer so that it runs outside the little bar that separates the cage plates. And not noticed until after I've driven in the rivet. Of course. Not a biggie today with quick links, and just a nuisance of wasted time in the days of 6-speed chains with old-fashioned rivets, but in that transition time of peened rivets before quick links, having to open and close a link was an invitation to a broken chain somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
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Oh - also - I once installed a crankset with the chainrings on the left side of the bike.
Glad it wasn't a kidney, eh?
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Don't crush that dwarf, hand me the pliers! 😁
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Ah, Les, but how many miles have you ridden that way? I know it works for 2 miles, or until you try to backpedal.
I think I read that somewhere; for sure it didn't happen to me.
Let's not go there....since, of course, it didn't actually go anywhere, right? After all, no pics, so it didn't happen.
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Don't crush that dwarf, hand me the pliers! 😁
What kind of fool do you take me for Rococo?
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Took bike off bike rack on my Jeep after a ride at the local park. No need to get QR tight because i don't ride from home much. Just tight enough to hold the wheel on then back on the wall. Two weeks later I take the bike down for a quick neighborhood ride. First thing I do is pop a wheelie.
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The first wheel I built, I didn't pay attention to where the valve stem would end up. "Why would I care where the valve is?" I thought as I built it - only to find out that it did, indeed, matter.
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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
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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
Efficiency points!
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Originally Posted by conspiratemus1 View Post
Let's not go there....since, of course, it didn't actually go anywhere, right? After all, no pics, so it didn't happen.
Gave you the out and you took it; nicely done.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Oh - also - I once installed a crankset with the chainrings on the left side of the bike.
Maybe you were thinking about a trip to one of those countries that drives on the opposite side of the road.
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More times than I can remember, and you'd think "one" would do it, I've fed a chain through the rear derailer so that it runs outside the little bar that separates the cage plates. And not noticed until after I've driven in the rivet. Of course. Not a biggie today with quick links, and just a nuisance of wasted time in the days of 6-speed chains with old-fashioned rivets, but in that transition time of peened rivets before quick links, having to open and close a link was an invitation to a broken chain somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
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Ah, Les, but how many miles have you ridden that way? I know it works for 2 miles, or until you try to backpedal.
I think I read that somewhere; for sure it didn't happen to me.
Oh, you can make it a lot farther than 2 miles...... or so I've been told.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Who sold you a backwards ring? Who even makes them?
That was good. 😁 I'll hide that in the back of my mind, for just in case. 😉
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