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    I got a new bike and totally crashed it!

    So I got this nice new Giant Escape City 2013 yesterday. It has almost everything I want, it's a very nice bike. Nice smooth and quick ride, barely makes a sound when you shift gears, awesome. I took it for a quick ride today and stopped at the mall here to get some groceries. When I came out I hopped on my bike and went home. It was when I got back I noticed my rear reflector had been stolen! So about 3 hours ago I go back out to get it replaced.

    I'm riding along on the road and I have to make a right, that's when I hit a small bump that caused my front tire to make a sharp left. That's when our friend, mr. momentum, introduced me to our other friend, the sidewalk. I have a tiny scrape on my right eyebrow that bled like water from a faucet and a few scrapes on my legs from the pedals/sidewalk. My glasses are screwed. The lenses are ok, but the frame is junk. I got up and stopped the bleeding as best I could and continued on my way to the bike shop. Apparently I broke my shifters and crushed my bottle holder. Half way there I noticed that it got very bumpy, flat rear tire.

    So I walked to the bike shop and took it to the guys in the back and explained that some prick stole my reflector, and I hit a little bump on the way there. I went to the restroom to clean off the blood and waited patiently for the repairs to be complete. They fixed me up and told me my brake levers are bent and there's a few minor scratches, but they fixed the shifters. I noticed they didn't replace the reflector, they don't have any of the proper size and dimensions. But they told me it's ok because I have a light, so the cops shouldn't give me any trouble. I owed them nothing for this, win! So I leave and half way home it starts getting bumpy again, flat. They filled my tires but forgot why they had to fill them. Ah well, it's too late to go back so I'll go in tomorrow. There's a glasses place on the way so I can drop them off for repairs too.

    So who had an adventure tonight? I did!

    Now here's a bit I didn't post in the Hybrid area: I have a friend I'm chatting online with right now about this and he's telling me I'm taking it very well. He says I have extremely bad luck. I told him if you aren't prepared to fall off or even crash a bike, you really shouldn't ever get on one. Am I right?

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    At least bike not destroyed! If you have lights...reflector no big issue...kinda doubt anyone stole the reflector tho...more likely it fell off due to inadequate connection

    Do you know how to change a flat yet? Has the tire been checked for cuts?

    YouTube can help if you have the tools and items needed (new tube and pump)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachgrad05 View Post
    At least bike not destroyed! If you have lights...reflector no big issue...kinda doubt anyone stole the reflector tho...more likely it fell off due to inadequate connection

    Do you know how to change a flat yet? Has the tire been checked for cuts?

    YouTube can help if you have the tools and items needed (new tube and pump)...
    I could do it myself, but I don't have a tube for it. I'll just get them to do it tomorrow.

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    At least you walked away from it. The LBS sound like decent people too. Id say you were pretty lucky overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagbad View Post
    I could do it myself, but I don't have a tube for it. I'll just get them to do it tomorrow.
    cool

    just less expensive to do yourself
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    And you're going to have flats.... get a patch kit, some spare tubes and put 'em in a little saddle bag.

    Sorry about your crash and wth steals reflectors? Weird.

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    Look at it this way...all your bad luck is now safely behind you. You should now enjoy many years of safe and trouble free riding.

    Now, go get yourself a bowl of poutine and a cold Molson and you should be fine.
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    Heck yeah to the patch kit! I can repair 5 or 6 flats with a $3 patch kit.

    Buy a tube, have shop install maybe $25!

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    I always carry a tube, levers, glueless patch kit, tire boot! (I cut sidewall as frequently as I suffer punctures) and small 6 in 1 tool.

    Knowing how to change and fix your own tubes is something you'll never forget. It's like,......riding a bike:-)
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    I see how it is freds... well, in the interest of completeness

    actually, I'm vaguely paranoid about spares...
    2 new (or verified well-patched) tubes
    2-3 CO2 and an inflator (harder with MTB tires but for road tires, they're great)
    2 spare master links
    spoke wrench
    some multi-tool with 11ty hundred tools on it.
    two tire levers
    patch kit
    tire boots

    I even carried a whole spare TIRE with me on March 30... and I used it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I see how it is freds... well, in the interest of completeness

    actually, I'm vaguely paranoid about spares...
    2 new (or verified well-patched) tubes
    2-3 CO2 and an inflator (harder with MTB tires but for road tires, they're great)
    2 spare master links
    spoke wrench
    some multi-tool with 11ty hundred tools on it.
    two tire levers
    patch kit
    tire boots

    I even carried a whole spare TIRE with me on March 30... and I used it.
    Where do you put all that stuff?

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    Reflectors are lame anyway....that thief did you a favor.

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    Thatust have been one heck of a little bump.
    Best thing about cycling is when I'm at work I'm thinking of cycling, when I'm cycling I'm thinking about cycling.

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    I got the new tube for $9 and the install for free. I don't have any extra tubes for this bike yet because I just got it. I have spares for my other bike, but it's a mountain bike. I also got my glasses fixed for free too. It took the girl a while, but they fit on my head again. She's a magician I swear it.

    I still have some minor pains, mostly my chest near my right shoulder, but I've been riding every day since. This didn't slow me down at all. I still love the bike.

    I'll be going back to Gears for all my bike needs as their service is awesome. http://gearsbikeshop.com/
    And my next pair of glasses will be from Pearle Vision for their nice service and free glasses repair. http://www.pearlevision.ca

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    $9 for a tube? That is one expensive tube...one local shop charges $10 for flat repair including tube..another it's $15.

    I get my tubes for about $4 each
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zagbad View Post
    So I got this nice new Giant Escape City 2013 yesterday. It has almost everything I want, it's a very nice bike. Nice smooth and quick ride, barely makes a sound when you shift gears, awesome. I took it for a quick ride today and stopped at the mall here to get some groceries. When I came out I hopped on my bike and went home. It was when I got back I noticed my rear reflector had been stolen! So about 3 hours ago I go back out to get it replaced.

    I'm riding along on the road and I have to make a right, that's when I hit a small bump that caused my front tire to make a sharp left. That's when our friend, mr. momentum, introduced me to our other friend, the sidewalk. I have a tiny scrape on my right eyebrow that bled like water from a faucet and a few scrapes on my legs from the pedals/sidewalk. My glasses are screwed. The lenses are ok, but the frame is junk. I got up and stopped the bleeding as best I could and continued on my way to the bike shop. Apparently I broke my shifters and crushed my bottle holder. Half way there I noticed that it got very bumpy, flat rear tire.

    So I walked to the bike shop and took it to the guys in the back and explained that some prick stole my reflector, and I hit a little bump on the way there. I went to the restroom to clean off the blood and waited patiently for the repairs to be complete. They fixed me up and told me my brake levers are bent and there's a few minor scratches, but they fixed the shifters. I noticed they didn't replace the reflector, they don't have any of the proper size and dimensions. But they told me it's ok because I have a light, so the cops shouldn't give me any trouble. I owed them nothing for this, win! So I leave and half way home it starts getting bumpy again, flat. They filled my tires but forgot why they had to fill them. Ah well, it's too late to go back so I'll go in tomorrow. There's a glasses place on the way so I can drop them off for repairs too.

    So who had an adventure tonight? I did!

    Now here's a bit I didn't post in the Hybrid area: I have a friend I'm chatting online with right now about this and he's telling me I'm taking it very well. He says I have extremely bad luck. I told him if you aren't prepared to fall off or even crash a bike, you really shouldn't ever get on one. Am I right?
    WOW, that just sucks about the bike! It sounds like you could use a...









































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