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Old 02-09-08, 10:11 AM   #1
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It keeps getting better and better

A delivery truck arrived and left bike parts outside the door this morening (thats on topic) so I proceeded out to get them. Glare ice on steps, slippers on feet....................weeeeeeeee............flail flail.......................spin spin..........................splat. Laying quietly (well sort of making feeble mewing sounds) in the ice and snow wondering if anyone will hear me. No...........I guess not. Crawling into house.

Ow that hurt. It would apper that nothing is broken (not an insignificant find for a 61 year old) but everything on the right side is brused, jammed and generally stiffened up.

Somewhere out there at the bottom of the front steps there are bicycle parts.

Maybe tomorrow I'll go get them.
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Old 02-09-08, 10:16 AM   #2
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I'm always amazed at the rainbow hue of colors my body can assume days after a bruise/bump/fall.

I'm glad you're okay. Equally important is I'm glad no one saw you.
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Old 02-09-08, 11:24 AM   #3
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This does not even count as points for club Tombay.!
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Old 02-09-08, 11:38 AM   #4
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Well it was bike related- but were you wearing the clipless slippers?
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There are bicycle parts lying outside?

Quick, what is your address??

Glad you suffered nothing serious. I'm with on dreading the broken bones. I went out today in my Crocs to get the mail. They have some tread on them and aren't slippery. No way I would go out with a smooth bottomed slipper (don't know if yours were of that variety).
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Old 02-09-08, 01:08 PM   #6
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There are bicycle parts lying outside?

Quick, what is your address??

Glad you suffered nothing serious. I'm with on dreading the broken bones. I went out today in my Crocs to get the mail. They have some tread on them and aren't slippery. No way I would go out with a smooth bottomed slipper (don't know if yours were of that variety).
They were absolutely bald many year old soft grey slippers. One of the things I've noticed about getting older is the onset of sins of omission ie forgetting to get the proper shoe.

After much pleading, Mrs Maxx got the parts. I am however too sore to wield a set of cassette removal tools today so............tomorrow..tomorrow..there's always tomorrow..its only a day away.
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Maybe tomorrow I'll go get them.

And maybe by now you have crawled back out, retrieved them, and are basking in the healing glow of new bike bits?
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Well it was bike related- but were you wearing the clipless slippers?
That's what I was going to say!
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That's what I was going to say!
Getting worried now- I'm starting to think like a Diegan.
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Ouch. Heal well, these bikes won't ride themselves.
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Well it was bike related- but were you wearing the clipless slippers?


Sorry about your fall and glad you weren't hurt too badly. I hope your bike parts won't rust before you can find them.

Now I feel guilty about sharing about today's ride in nearly-80 degree temps beneath a deep blue sky and breaking a sweat and all with snow still on the mountains behind us.............
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Glad to hear it was just bike parts and none of yours that were left scattered on the front steps. Hope you heal quickly.
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What is this "snow" and "ice" you speak of?


Okay, I know what snow and ice is, I use to live up north. Now I only go up there on vacation, in the winter to snow ski and in the summer to fly fish. (Notice I had to add the word "snow" in front of ski? Down here if you only say "ski", everyone assumes you mean water skiing!)

Anyway, sorry to hear of your slip and here is to your speedy recovery!

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Okay you've had a few hours to assess the damages and recover a bit. How goes it maddmaxx?

Look at all the things you are learning at 60+. Not to pass police cars on the right and not to walk on ice with smooth soled slippers.
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Don't you hate how surprised you are after a fall? It takes a few moments for it to sink in, and then your heart starts racing... and then the pain comes.

Maybe next* time you'll wear your helmet when you're about to deal with bike parts!!!

(Glad you're OK. My biggest fear is that I'll fall like that and hit my head and noone will find me until I'm frozen.)
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Oh that sucks.
I find myself doing an inventory to check: Pain or injury? Please, just let it be pain.....
Hope you feel better soon.
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Good thing you didn't fall on that box of parts. Those things are expensive.

But seriously, I'm glad you're okay.
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Good thing you didn't fall on that box of parts. Those things are expensive.

But seriously, I'm glad you're okay.
You bring visions to my head of passers by finding my body lying in the snow with a brand new 11/34 cassette protruding from me like something out of CSI.

Ok....thankyou all for your wishes, its the next day and all is well except for some jammed fingers on the right hand. (damn I broke a nail)(or 3) All will be fine in a day or 2.

On to the bike parts for those who care. The new upper end SRAM cassettes are removing weight by attaching the larger cogs to a "carrier". This serves two purposes, one is the weight, the other may make them more compatable with modern wheelsets with lightweight (aluminium) freehubs. Older style cassettes have individual cogs with spacers so each ring is able to chew into the splines on the wheel. This leads to problems in removing the cassette and damage to an expensive wheel set.

The "carrier" on the larger cogs of the new style cassette has much broader splines (1 set for several cogs) and may distribute the load more. The small cogs are still individual but in theory, they have less torque on them and do less damage...........we shall see.
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