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Old 08-01-09, 02:53 PM   #1
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Just one of those days...

So this is my first real post here, just joined not long ago and have been reading as much as I can, it seems as soon as I get caught up there is another whole page that pops up hehe. Anyways, I went out for my daily ride, didn't want to go too hard or far today cause I've got a little longer ride planned for tomorrow. Anyways not long after I left it started drizzling, oh well I thought, well about 4 miles in to the ride it started raining harder, so I decided to turn back. If only that is where it stopped, on the way back it seems like everything started going down hill and not in the good way, i started to notice a little wobble while I was riding and soon figured out that my handle bars came loose. Then half way home my chain came off, followed shortly by not being able to shift properly, skipping gears, just overall not right. So now that I'm home time for a little snack and then some wrenching on the bike, hopefully I can get it right before tomorrows ride
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Old 08-01-09, 04:17 PM   #2
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Oh, dear! That just sounds like the ride from hell! Good luck with your wrenching, though. I'm sure you can get it right.
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Old 08-02-09, 01:57 AM   #3
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Well, it could be worse. Friday I had to bail early on physical therapy because the leg lifts were making my back hurt. While driving home from physical therapy my car just kind of sorta turned itself into a smor. There I am in a parking lot with two bad knees and a hurting back trying to get out of a car that is in flames.

Did you know if your engine compartment is on fire that when you open the hood the additional oxygen makes the flames biggger?
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Old 08-02-09, 08:45 AM   #4
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Take it as a postitive note. You get the chance to use your mechanical skills. Practice makes purrrfect!
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Old 08-02-09, 09:19 AM   #5
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It seems like when one thing goes bad, everything else has to follow as well...

I had a flat last year 6 miles into my ride. I had two co2 canisters. I pulled out the sliver of metal that caused the flat, patched it, and charged the co2. This was my first time using it and screwed it up. Used the second Co2 and was good to go. Half a mile later, another flat, different location, no co2, and no pump. Walked all the way back to the car in my socks since I have clip style shoes... not a good day... Now I carry Co2 and a pump... go figure.
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We all have days like that. On tour in June I broke a spoke outside of Dover, Delaware, and despite having a fiber-spoke, instructions, some experience, and phone advice from Tom Stormcrowe I still couldn't get the wheel retrued. I had to hitch a ride to Dover and a bike shop.
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Well, it could be worse. Friday I had to bail early on physical therapy because the leg lifts were making my back hurt. While driving home from physical therapy my car just kind of sorta turned itself into a smor. There I am in a parking lot with two bad knees and a hurting back trying to get out of a car that is in flames.

Did you know if your engine compartment is on fire that when you open the hood the additional oxygen makes the flames biggger?
I have found that when there is a fire, if you don't have a fire extinguisher, the best course of action, dial 9-1-1 wait for the big red truck full of folks who know how to deal with it. Believe it or not, they will often use industrial sized fire extinguishers for most fires. Suggestion, when you get another car, get one of those car fire extinguishers. If you don't know how, ask your local fire department about how to use it properly, often they will be glad to provide instruction. Personally I don't know why fire extinguishers are not mandatory in all motor vehicles, some places they are for commercial vehicles.

I find it funny, when you watch a Hollywood movie, and the cop is trying to rescue someone from a burning car, he never grabs the fire extinguisher that should be in every cop car.
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I have found that when there is a fire, if you don't have a fire extinguisher, the best course of action, dial 9-1-1 wait for the big red truck full of folks who know how to deal with it. Believe it or not, they will often use industrial sized fire extinguishers for most fires. Suggestion, when you get another car, get one of those car fire extinguishers. If you don't know how, ask your local fire department about how to use it properly, often they will be glad to provide instruction. Personally I don't know why fire extinguishers are not mandatory in all motor vehicles, some places they are for commercial vehicles.

I find it funny, when you watch a Hollywood movie, and the cop is trying to rescue someone from a burning car, he never grabs the fire extinguisher that should be in every cop car.
Oh, 911 was my first reaction. My second was realizing I took the fire extinguisher out of my car earlier ion the week to put in my daughter's new car.

I have had extensive fire fighting training in the Navy. Still don't know why I opened the hood though, lol.
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Hehe wow that really stinks about the car fire, now i know if I ever am in a situation like that to not open the hood.

On another note, worked a little bit on the bike last night and got it close, went out for my ride today did 25 miles and found out there is still a little more fine tuning to do but its a lot better than yesterday was hehe.
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Oh, 911 was my first reaction. My second was realizing I took the fire extinguisher out of my car earlier ion the week to put in my daughter's new car.

I have had extensive fire fighting training in the Navy. Still don't know why I opened the hood though, lol.
Man I am a firefighter and I will admit, I would have opened the hood.. lol
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Opening the hood was sort of instinct I think. It actually helped in that a good samaritan with a fire extinguisher stopped and slowed it down before the fire department got there.

As for your bike, keep tweaking and learning the nuances of shifting. Like Mazama said, sometimes it's a mtter of when you are shiftinfg also.

Thanks for doing what you do. It takes something special to run TO a fire!
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