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Old 08-19-10, 12:34 PM   #1
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My bike broke down, and I became the village idiot...

Yesterday I went to lust and drool at a bike shop, pricing out N+1. I found something interesting, but it was getting late, so I decided I'd come back for a test drive another day. Then I took a new route home, exploring some neighborhoods I've never been through before.

I managed to impale a chain link on part of my derailleur a mile or two into the ride home. I have no idea how this happened ... I just noticed that the cranks were jammed. And that I couldn't fix it. It was late enough that I wasn't going to make it to an LBS and get it fixed today.

Coasting downhill is easy enough, but it turns out it's pretty difficult to make a bike with no (working) pedals go on the flats. I had my right foot clipped in, and was "walking" with my left, pushing the bike forward. There was much laughter by all, but especially by the other cyclists going by. It must have looked like I thought I was on a skateboard, pushing off with one leg, coasting a bit, then pushing off again. But it's easier than walking in road shoes.
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Old 08-19-10, 12:47 PM   #2
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Well just be happy someone like me with a recorder wasn't around, you'd be the VI on youtube!

Proabaly just a stiff link that got caught in the derailleur. Heck, $20 for a new chain at REI, open late and chain tool (few bucks). Some ez instructions on SheldonBrowndotcom or partooldotcom. Unless it's a major problem, probabl not.
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Mmmmm = bike lust and then an "accident" with the old bike...methinks someone was just looking for an excuse for a drive back to the shop in order to ride home a new bike!!!
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Old 08-19-10, 01:29 PM   #4
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I was kind of interpreting it the other way ... this is an omen warning me that at a minimum, I need a backup bike so I can still ride when one has an issue.

Hopefully, it should just be a matter of braking that one link open, and putting a new chain on the bike. It didn't look like it did any damage to anything else. But I'm sure it looked ridiculous!
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DESTINY, DESTINY, NO ESCAPING DESTINY!

Great line from Young Frankenstien, just in case someone was wondering.........

We now expect pictures. I broke a chain about 5 miles into the dirt. I did a lot of one legged paddling that day......
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Old 08-19-10, 02:39 PM   #6
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Current bike, seeing lust and drool over new bike, sought its revenge. New bike must now be purchased to teach current bike a lesson.
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well it ended well so don't be worrying about it i agree pics of the offending article and we can help you fix it. i don't understand what happened really. did the chain get caught in the derailleur? or a bit of a fence get stuck in the chain? personally i wouldve taken off my shoes and walked home barefoot or call for help ha ha
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A cyclist can always find an excuse for N+1.
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Gotta love those Seattle cyclists rather laugh at you rather than offer a hand. LOL
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Glad to hear I'm not the only cyclist who's ever done the one-leg push. I felt like I had a shirt on that said "I'm doing it wrong."

No pictures, sadly. I have the curse of King Midas lately. My camera died about two weeks ago while hiking in the mountains. My GPS unit, which is my backup camera, stopped working on Saturday. Then my computer died yesterday, and the bike, well, broke down, but that should be easy enough to fix. But this leaves me with nothing to take any pics with...

I'm hoping and expecting to have the bike back on the road tonight, at least.
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I had a flat about two miles from home. It was early morning and still dark. My choice was to wait for it to get light enough to see what I was doing, and then fix the flat. I think I can do everything in the dark or low light. My concern was that I would not find the tiny thorn in the tire. My other choice was to walk home. Given the distance, I know it will take less time to walk home.

I really hated walking home and being passed by all the runners.

I'm glad I waited to fix it at home. I could see that there were several bald spots in the tire. I probably save myself from another flat in the near future.
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...Coasting downhill is easy enough, but it turns out it's pretty difficult to make a bike with no (working) pedals go on the flats. I had my right foot clipped in, and was "walking" with my left, pushing the bike forward. There was much laughter by all, but especially by the other cyclists going by...
There's a bunch of rude cyclists in your neighborhood. I would have given you a push home...
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I wasn't able to pry the chain off - when I tried, I'd push the derailleur around, so I took it into the bike shop. I think I may have bent the derailleur slightly, but the LBS adjusted it back. A new chain was all I needed. The bike is making a knocking sound once per revolution, so there may be trouble in the future, but, for now, it's wonderful to be on the road again.

This also gives me an excuse to want that second bike sooner than later.
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Best reponse ever!

As for walking in bike shoes, when I get a roadbike (hopefully soon!) it will have SPD pedals. Not only because my mtb already does, but if I do break down, I can at least walk in the SPD shoes. Not the most comfortable for long walks, but better than barefoot.
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DESTINY, DESTINY, NO ESCAPING DESTINY!

Great line from Young Frankenstien, just in case someone was wondering.........

We now expect pictures. I broke a chain about 5 miles into the dirt. I did a lot of one legged paddling that day......

actually the complete line is:

DESTINY! DESTINY! NO ESCAPING THAT FOR ME! DESTINY! DESTINY! NO ESCAPING THAT FOR ME!

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