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Old 09-21-09, 05:35 PM   #1
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I thought I wouldn't happen to me...

...I didn't think I was that heavy. I figured this was the sort of thing that happens to other people. Apparently I'm not immune.

While trying to outrun a storm on the way home this evening I decided to take the most direct route, which takes me up the Oakmonster (a steep hill up Oakmont Boulevard). The storm was behind me, but gaining quickly, and the atmospheric pressure in the storm was low enough that it was sucking all the air from in front of me into into the thunderhead, creating a stiff headwind. Hill + Headwind + Nervous Clyde... I guess it was inevitable.

I broke a spoke!
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Old 09-21-09, 05:47 PM   #2
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lol, if that's all you broke, consider yourself lucky!

Good story
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Old 09-21-09, 06:19 PM   #3
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What kinda wheel?
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Doohickie, you had good reason to be on the rivet to out run that storm. You guys take care over there, it looks nasty.
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But did you outrun the storm?
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Oh yeah. It was a cloudless sky at 3 pm. By 5, you could see it coming. By the time I got home at 5:45, the clouds had engulfed the sky. But.... the rain didn't start until about 7:30. It looked worse than it was. We got some heavy rain and thunder and lightning, but I think we missed the high winds that hit other areas.
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A spoke?

Oh the HORROR!!!!

Nice build up!

My storm fun tonight.
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You had me going there. I was just about ready to feel sorry for you.

Good one!
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At least the damm storm didn't get you. Join the spoke breaker club or switch to a velocity deep v. ECB1
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Doohickie.
Oakmonster seems to have some heavy bad bike karma. Last storm I tried to beat (a few weeks ago) hit while I was sitting atop it waiting forever to get across Bryant Irvin. Best part was that I was covered in pretty pink crape myrtle flowers stuck to me ... until that wall of rain hit me. Did you get that too? It always seems like a headwind climbing it; half the time the sweet downhill morning ride has a headwind too. So unfair.

Glad you got home before the storm hit. It was sheeting rain and very poor visibility and some high water on streets by 8pm. Not good for cars let alone a cyclist.

Do you have the spoke fixed? My new r/t commute is about 31 miles so you are going to need to be back up on the bike ASAP if you have *any* ambitions to *win* the local Commuter Mileage "conflict/police action" that you may have started (whether you realize it or not.)

A friend of mine had a spate of busted spokes last fall. It cascaded when he continued riding while one was busted. He is not Clyde but still rides hard on his aging steel bike and has a fit solid physique.

BTW Ran into your buddy Michael F this morning near the main plant gate, chatted at the red light.
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Do you have the spoke fixed? My new r/t commute is about 31 miles so you are going to need to be back up on the bike ASAP if you have *any* ambitions to *win* the local Commuter Mileage "conflict/police action" that you may have started (whether you realize it or not.)
conflict/police action? What are you talking about? Do I need to look at the other forum? Anyway, yeah, the spoke is fixed. I didn't ride yesterday or today, partly because of the spoke and partly because of some other commitments. I should be back on the bike tomorrow.

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Yeah, he messaged me. I guess he got a flat this morning.
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Storms are forecast. Good luck with that.
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Yeah, he messaged me. I guess he got a flat this morning.
He did. He left well after I rode near his house, took a longer route, had a flat, walked the bike to a good spot & changed the flat, and easily caught and passed me. I got outclassed, again.
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Trust me, you outclass us all by your perseverance. You are perhaps the most admired person in the Saturday morning breakfast ride crowd.
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