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Old 05-24-20, 11:10 PM
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Went nuts trying to diagnose a click that only happened when walking the bike. Points to anyone who guessed it was the multitool in my pocket clinking when I walked.
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Old 05-26-20, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by sheddle View Post
Went nuts trying to diagnose a click that only happened when walking the bike. Points to anyone who guessed it was the multitool in my pocket clinking when I walked.
I would have guessed cleats.....
(or maybe a cracked shoe sole)
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Old 05-26-20, 02:12 PM
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Either buying a used Roadbastard for my wife (before knowing anything about bikes) or bedding my married boss (long ago). Good times on the last one but very stupid!!! ​​
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Old 05-26-20, 02:45 PM
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I was transporting my daughter's bike to her school, holding it by the stem while I rode my vintage Cilo. I went around a double-parked car, the bikes drifted apart, and instead of dropping her bike, I decided to put my foot down on the ground. Next thing I know...



Complete break of both the tibia and fibula..titanium rod & screws...long rehab. For the not so squeamish: photo of injured leg.
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Old 05-26-20, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by sheddle View Post
Went nuts trying to diagnose a click that only happened when walking the bike. Points to anyone who guessed it was the multitool in my pocket clinking when I walked.
Once I had a squeak in my pedal or crank. It turned out to be the sole of my sneaker rubbing the crank as it turned.
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Old 05-26-20, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Pompiere View Post
Once I had a squeak in my pedal or crank. It turned out to be the sole of my sneaker rubbing the crank as it turned.
+1, I've caught myself "troubleshooting" such a noise on more than one occasion. That, and tracing a once-per-crank-rev "tink" noise to the aglet of a shoelace hitting the frame.
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Old 05-26-20, 06:55 PM
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Complete break of both the tibia and fibula..titanium rod & screws...long rehab.
Well, thanks. I feel better about taping those bars wrong...

You back to 100%?
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Old 05-27-20, 01:36 AM
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SurferRosa Well, it’s never going to be 100%. This happened 3 years ago last month. Cycling much easier than extended running and jumping. I’d say I’m 100% back to 90%, which is okay.
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Old 05-27-20, 10:53 AM
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I've done many of the things already mentioned, but the all-time stupid was closing a workstand clamp too tightly on the top tube of a nice cannondale aluminum frame. Put a good crimp in it.
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Old 05-27-20, 11:48 AM
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Worked Easter Sunday

I usually come off a roof using a ladder.
Didnít. I dunno, maybe I deserved it.
Eventually, Iíll get used to a new normal.
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Old 05-27-20, 12:12 PM
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Installed cottered cranks on the wrong side

Once, when I was about 15yrs old, Installed the cottered cranks on the wrong side of my Peugeot UO8. Thought I was doing it all correct, only to finish and go, Oops! After realizing that there was no way to switch the whole drove train to the left side, i put it back correctly
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Old 05-27-20, 12:57 PM
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I read and contributed to the "Seller won't open the box thread" a few times....I am very bored these days.
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Old 05-27-20, 01:12 PM
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Dumbest things I have ever done. Let me think...
1) Buying our first house in 1973, we wanted to be home owners before we understood what that actually meant.
2) Buying a 1974 Fiat.
3) Buying a beat-up VW van around 1978.
4) Buying a beat-up VW Beetle around 1980.
5) Buying our second house in 1982 @ a 9% mortgage rate.
6) Buying our third house in 1987 @ a 13% mortgage rate.
7) Working for a company that had no ethical compass.
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Old 05-27-20, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I usually come off a roof using a ladder.
Didnít. I dunno, maybe I deserved it.
Eventually, Iíll get used to a new normal.
You didn't call the guy ?
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Old 05-27-20, 08:51 PM
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Well I’ve done many stupid things but the latest is 2 days ago. Getting ready to go for a ride around the hood with my son. We take the bikes off the side porch. There’s a steepish slope down to the street. My son says betcha can’t ride down the hill to the street. I say “ wouldn’t be that hard except for the little ditch between the yard and the street”. I look at it a couple of seconds and decide to try anyway.

I managed to do one of those running downhill dismounts and leap across the ditch. Strained my hip a little, so I got off easy.
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Old 05-27-20, 10:50 PM
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I tried to turn onto the sidewalk in the rain via a driveway ramp going probably 20km/h. I took it at too small of an angle and the tire sidewall grabbed it and threw me over. I scratched up the nice gipiemme levers and my brand new brake hoods and pretty sure I put a ding in the front rim. Thankfully my goretex jacket didn't rip. I had a similar experience with nobody caring. I completed the errand I was on and dealt with the road rash when I got home.

The worst part is I did it again a couple months later but luckily at lower speed and managed to jump off and control the bike's momentum with my arms.
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