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Old 11-07-09, 06:16 PM   #1
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I'm spending too much time in C&V

I had a dream last night where I discovered a three-speed coaster-brake hub in my junk bin.

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Old 11-07-09, 07:43 PM   #2
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This morning my neighbour came round. I showed him my bikes. He asked if I wanted any more wheels? He said he's got a shed at his other house (which he rents) full of abandoned bikes and parts that he was going to take to the tip as his tenant doesm't want them, would I take them for free? (Not a hard choice but before I could rip his hand off, he followed up with "Most of them have skinny tyres like that one", pointing to my Claud Butler running on tubs). We're going over tomorrow morning for me to clear his shed!

Chatting afterwards he told me his brother has a Claud Butler he bought new in 1970 and he's emigrating - could I give it a home?

No, I'm not dreaming, this is turning out to be a great weekend!
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Of the 30-40 bikes "littering our property" (wife's term of art), there is only one newer than 1991. I ride it once a year (it is the one with clipless pedals and suspension). Come to think of it, less than half are indexed. It is really nice at the co-op these days because almost anything identified as French that comes it is immediately given to me becasue no one wants to 'deal with them'.
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I had a C&V dream today, but it wasn't about cycling. In my dream the needle on my record player broke and I couldn't get a replacement. Luckily I woke up to a complete cartridge.
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You worry too much!

C&V time is time well spent!

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I have nightmares about one of these guys trying to jump through my spokes!
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I was on a big ride in the spring and guy next to me ran over a musk rat. He stayed vertical, but the musk rat didn't fair so well. The Mavic went through that thing like a pizza cutter. Surprisingly not too much clean up involved though.
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I have nightmares about one of these guys trying to jump through my spokes!
Get a squirrel launcher.

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I have nightmares about one of these guys trying to jump through my spokes!
With good reason.


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OUCH! How is it still in the wheel? Wouldn't it fall out after the guy stopped?
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Kurt, Good thing I put my coffee cup down before I read your response.
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OUCH! How is it still in the wheel? Wouldn't it fall out after the guy stopped?
It's wedged into the fork. Either that or it's waiting for someone to grab it so it can bite them.
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Another reason to stay clear of low spoke count wheels. No way the critter would get into a 36H.
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I had a dream last night where I discovered a three-speed coaster-brake hub in my junk bin.

What brand was it? Did you have the cable and shifter for it? Last night I dreamt that the brake bridge wasn't drilled on this old american *** and I really wanted to make a 3 speed out of it.
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Literally my first thought as I crawled out of bed this morning, my first thought was- "Were Lejeune bikes gaspipe or high end? I wonder?"

Followed by "Why the hell did I think that?"
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Another reason to stay clear of low spoke count wheels. No way the critter would get into a 36H.
Or you could go with a zero spoke count. The ultimate in reducing wheel weight from spokes.



I don't picture this working well.

I feel really bad about the squirrel and guy riding that bike. I'm sure that both results were pretty painful.
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Those wheels have "collapse" written all over them.
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Thats funny, I had a dream last night about finding a minty teal trek at the local scrap yard but they wouldn't sell it to me because of liability issues in case I crashed on it! I dream in C&V all the time...
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What brand was it? Did you have the cable and shifter for it? Last night I dreamt that the brake bridge wasn't drilled on this old american *** and I really wanted to make a 3 speed out of it.
If we merge our dreams, will we get a complete bike?
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You guys are weird...

I dream of pretty girls riding classic bikes.

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Another reason to stay clear of low spoke count wheels. No way the critter would get into a 36H.
Actually, I had a squirrel run through a 32 spoke wheel once! I didn't have a very good view of the action, being too close-- I was riding the bike at the time. Fortunately for the historical record, my father-in-aw was riding directly behind me, and he saw the whole collision as if in slow motion. As far as we could determine, here's what transpired:

The squirrel ran out of the bushes on my right, aiming for a spot directly in front of my bicycle. I'd guess I was going 13 or 14 mph, but what do I know. When we both reached the point where our respective paths actually crossed, the squirrel was airborne, and he passed rather cleanly between two spokes that were, at least momentarily, stationary. Unfortunately for the squirrel, the spokes did not remain stationary long enough permit the passage of his whole body; the rim picked him up and propelled his back legs and tail forward after the rest of him was well to the left of the bike. He didn't get stuck, but found himself moving upwards, spinning gently. A fraction of a second later, gravity recalled him earthward, just as my left foot just completed a downward stroke and began heading back up. By now I knew something strange was going down and, looking down, I saw the squirrel hit the top of my foot, which was moving (I'll let someone else do the math: 175 mm crank arm going somewhere around 100 rpm) fast enough to toss the squirrel up again. He landed on his feet about two feet to the left side of my front wheel, miraculously pointed away from the bike, so with a clatter of toenails he accelerated and disappeared into the bushes on the other side of the road. Total time elapsed, maybe about two seconds. My father-in-law almost lost control of his bike, he was laughing so hard.
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I had a dream last night where I discovered a three-speed coaster-brake hub in my junk bin.
I have a 36h S3C that I'll trade you for a 36h AW, preferably dated '75.

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Or you could go with a zero spoke count. The ultimate in reducing wheel weight from spokes.



I don't picture this working well.

I feel really bad about the squirrel and guy riding that bike. I'm sure that both results were pretty painful.
I think I'll have a scary dream tonight...involving attempts to true those wheels!
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