Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Van Nuys, CA
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I'm really trying to get a reflecter off the front of my bike, but a bunch of other things are broken.
Story you can skip: Went riding yesterday on my Schwinn Traveler and was riding a hilly part of our city, and was cruising down a hill at a good 25-30 mph, giving moderate pressure on my brakes to control my decent.
In the middle of descending, I noticed a big giant grate-like thing sticking up out of the road (construction workers must have left it there). Seriously, it was sticking up about a good 2 inches, probably to slow cars down or something stupid like that. I jammed on the brakes and was in the middle of shouting a ton of expilatives when I hit it really, really hard.
The chain somehow came off, and I thought my front wheel was toast. Not as much damage as I thought, but both the front and rear wheels were out of true.
I figured it would be a good time to learn how to do that (and it'll cost me $40 if I don't) and spun the wheel around a couple of times to see where the problem was. Walked away, and when I came back, the wheel was totally flat. No biggie, just a flat tire. Then I picked up the bike and realized that the stem had come out of alignment. Got a pinion wrench, and started to tighten it when I heard *ping*. The thing it connects to had fallen off. Sat there for almost a half an hour trying to push it up with a screwdriver to no avail, and I couldn't get the stem off because the shifter cables were holding it back (downtube shifting) so I disconnected all the cables and finally got the metal thing out. Went to
So now I got to fix the wheel, tire, shifting (tears) and the stem, all from hitting a stupid bump. Purely astetic, but there is a dumb reflecter on the front which I have wanted to take off for a while now, and now that I can finally access the bolt, I can't get it off. I tried getting it off with a plumber wrench, but its totally stuck, and I don't want to damage my fork. Don't you have to take it off to install a new fork anyway, so it should come off, right? Any ideas? I'll post a picture in a second when I find my camera.
Last edited by mrchristian; 05-28-05 at 04:23 PM.