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    I <3 my bike. 10ch's Avatar
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    Isn't it all about a lesson learned?

    I was haunted by a noise that occurred on my commute home today. It was a very metalic ding that happened after a somewhat significant bump that I rolled over. There were lots of people around, the ding could've come from anyone of them... I kept going.

    I thought about the noise the entire ride home, hoping a) something on my bike didn't pop off that would, ya know, hurt me in the long run; and b) that whatever made that ding didn't come from me because maybe I lost something.

    Well, when I got home I figured it out. In showing off to a fellow commuter today, I had opened my saddle bag to show him the light I was using and uh yeah, forgot to zip the damn thing back up.

    It's a small bag and I had a fairly good idea of it's contents, so I think alls I lost was a wrench that can be easily and cheaply replaced.

    The story (and my attitude) would've been much different if the say, my far too expensive headlamp or all-in-one tools would've pop'd out as well.

    I feel like everyday I learn lessons while on the road. Today's? Always check the saddle bag before you leave and stop when you hear a ding, ya fool. Sheesh! You coulda heard yerself!

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    SERENITY NOW!!! jyossarian's Avatar
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    LOL! that reminds me of the time I lost my rear fender! It fell off and I didn't stop to investigate the noise or even look behind me. Oh well, hope someone's putting it to good use.
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    CRIKEY!!!!!!! Cyclaholic's Avatar
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    Yep, guilty as well.... didn't zip up the trunk bag properly then all of a sudden my wallet and my chain breake make their bid for freedom. If it wasn't for the loud metallic clunk of the chain breaker I would have lost the lot as the wallet made no sound.

    We live and learn, eh....

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    Back after a long absence joelpalmer's Avatar
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    Yesterday I had to buy my third tail light in 3 months. I hook them to my messenger bag and keep knocking them off when i take the light rail in to work. the last one i lost i heard fall and ignored it, until i got off the train and swung my bag around to turn the light on for the ride in to work (530 am) and it wasn't there
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    Lentement mais sûrement Erick L's Avatar
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    my far too expensive headlamp or all-in-one tools would've pop'd out as well.
    That's the problem with all-in-one tools. You lose them all-at-once.
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    LOL...good point.

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    I am paranoid about noises on my bike. When I hear something, I immediately start looking for a debris field behind my bike, assuming that bits and peices have fallen off and I am next.

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