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    One of those commutes.

    It all started well, looking forward to my first commute with my 'new' helmet mounted homebrew light (see total geekyness thread). In the first 5 minutes of my commute I had a prophetic thought... "my first commute with a new anything usually ends in some sort of disaster" and dismissed it just as quick.

    About 2 miles to go when BANG a flat. No big deal, ***** happens. As I'm fixing it some idiot decides to slow down enough to hurl some semi-coherent abuse at me even though I'm way off the road, I just don't know what motivates some people. Anyhow, the puncture culprit was a monster nail that tore right through the tube and even gouged the rim tape. I replaced the tube.

    10 minutes later and the bike is back on 2 aired up tires, I hop on, take 5 pedal strokes and think to myself "It would be a b!tch if I got another flat now, I'd be late to work" at that instance, you guessed it BANG another flat. Now I'm muttering curses under my breath while I patch the tube when a bunch of delinquents slow down to hurl abuse at me, I stood up and totally let them have my choicest verbal deluge at the top of my lungs, it looked like they were pulling over so I started walking towards them requesting at the top of my lungs that they step out of the vehichle.... a door opened, I steppet up the pace, they took a look and apparently changed their mind. Unfortunately I missed with the rock I threw at them as they took off.

    Now I'm p!ssed. So I patched the tube, cleared the bit of crap out of the tire and put it all back together again only to find that it was leaking air because of my hasty (impatient) patch job. I took it apart, replaced the patch, put it all back together again and was finally on my way.

    About 30 seconds after getting back up to speed a spoke breaks, catches the derailleur cage and makes a mess of the derailleur, the cain drops inbetween the last cog and the frame and my rear wheel locks up. I skid to a halt and the rear tire blows out. Now I'm really p!ssed. I shouldered the bike and walked the rest of the way to work, arrived 40 minutes late, only barely resisted the overwhelming urge to throw the bike into the dumster.

    Now I'm sitting in the office laughing to myself. My wife just came by, she packed our 3 kids and my road bike and drove over, dropped my roadie and took my commuter... that woman is an angel. The reason I'm laughing to myself is that the road bike has Look pedals whereas the commuter has Shimano mountain pedals, I'm wearing my mountain shoes and I forgot to ask her to grab my road shoes.

    I hope you guys had a better commute than me.
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    OMG that's crazy. Were the repeated flats in the same spot on the same wheel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclaholic
    .... a door opened, I steppet up the pace, they took a look and apparently changed their mind. Unfortunately I missed with the rock I threw at them as they took off.
    glad to hear it didn't continue to escalate

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    wow...

    that is one horrible commute!

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    Good Grief man! What a mess. I've never been heckled while fixing a flat, and to have one so in-a-row like that.

    BTW, on the derailer thing. Single speed, internal hub, or fixed gear is your friend. Anything but a derailer, in my book.

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    All that and the homebrew held up? Jeeze man, that sucks. This just confirms my theory that tires can sense fear and will wait for the worst moment to act.

    A little advice here: Whenever someone drives over to the rescue you must reward them as soon as possible. For example my brother in law once drove me home when I wasn't prepared for the two flats I got. After I got home, I got a pizza and a six pack and brought it over to his house. It's basic Palovian conditioning. Next time I won't have to ask for assistance. I'll just ask if he would like a pizza and a six pack. The pizza and beer probably won't work with wifey, but there are many possible substitutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unkchunk
    All that and the homebrew held up? Jeeze man, that sucks. This just confirms my theory that tires can sense fear and will wait for the worst moment to act.

    A little advice here: Whenever someone drives over to the rescue you must reward them as soon as possible. For example my brother in law once drove me home when I wasn't prepared for the two flats I got. After I got home, I got a pizza and a six pack and brought it over to his house. It's basic Palovian conditioning. Next time I won't have to ask for assistance. I'll just ask if he would like a pizza and a six pack. The pizza and beer probably won't work with wifey, but there are many possible substitutes.
    You're totally right. I have ordered the sooper-dooper food processor she's been talking about for weeks. I know nothing about food processors but by all accounts this thing is the Dura-Ace of processors, and for the $$$ they're charging it had better be!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rykoala
    Good Grief man! What a mess. I've never been heckled while fixing a flat, and to have one so in-a-row like that.

    BTW, on the derailer thing. Single speed, internal hub, or fixed gear is your friend. Anything but a derailer, in my book.
    Luckily my derailer came out of it OK except for a slightly bent cage. This was a temporary (crappy old) back wheel while my regular wheel is in the shop getting the bearings overhauled. My next commuter will most definitely run a Rolhoff and disk brakes.

    I don't understand the whole heckling someone with a pucture thing. It happens fairly often to me, some neighborhoods are worse than others. It just serves to reaffirm in my mind how vile some people can be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seriouslysilly
    glad to hear it didn't continue to escalate
    I thought about it afterwards and have made the resolution to keep my temper a little more in check in the future. There really was no good reason to react to them (and therefore escalate) in the first place.
    There are 10 types of people in the world - the ones that can count in base 2, the ones that can't count in base 2, and the ones that didn't expect this to be in base 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oboeguy
    OMG that's crazy. Were the repeated flats in the same spot on the same wheel?
    Same wheel different spots, different things. the rirst one was a huge nail, the second one was a brass staple.

    This is not my regular back wheel and didn't have my Mr.Tuffy liner in it, although it wouldn't have stopped that nail!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclaholic
    I don't understand the whole heckling someone with a pucture thing.
    Me neither. Why heckle someone when they are about to snap? I thought the whole point of heckling was to bring a person at a regular state of mind right up to the point where they just about going to snap, and then strategically leave while it's still safe to do so. They must have been amatures who have never had their lip split open like a bunny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclaholic
    it looked like they were pulling over so I started walking towards them requesting at the top of my lungs that they step out of the vehichle.... a door opened, I steppet up the pace, they took a look and apparently changed their mind. Unfortunately I missed with the rock I threw at them as they took off.
    Yes. When it rains it pours. At least you can be glad that a commute like that won't happen again to you soon.

    I can understand when frustration clouds your judgement. Looks like you got to the point of asking for trouble. I'm glad it didn't turn out worse. I hate when I'm pulled off my center by frustration like that.

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    Sorry about that commute. At some point though, it does spill over to the ridiculous and funny. Richard Scarry, a children's author, has a story called "The Unlucky Day," which your commute reminds me of. The short version is Mr. Racoon wakes up, doors fall off hinges, faucets break, breakfast is burnt, pants rip, car engine explodes, hat blows away, friend strands him with lunch bill, he has cold pickles for dinner, and his bed breaks among other stuff. Mr. Racoon never had hecklers, though. Happier commutes to ya'.

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    My sympathies, Cycaholic. I ended up junking my bike over suffering from a high frequency of these types of mechanical problems

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    Eek. Is your derailler OK? Hope it wasn't something too expensive if it's totally busted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S
    Eek. Is your derailler OK? Hope it wasn't something too expensive if it's totally busted.
    The derailer survived, no other damage except that I junked that back wheel. My regular wheel is bombproff - Deore LX hub, DT Swill forged stainless spokes X 32 in a 3 cross lace up to Mavic 719 rim.... built it myself.

    ....I can relate to your sig line.
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