Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 30
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Hemet,California
    My Bikes
    Giant OCR2, Motobecane Fantom Trail, Specialized Hard Rock, Giant Nutra
    Posts
    621
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Are you superstitious?

    About six weeks ago, I had a minor crash on my mtb, resulting in a damaged brake lever. Only the very end of it broke off so I was able to continue the ride and when I got home found a good deal on some "upgraded" levers and ordered them. I continued to ride with the damaged one no problem. I suppose there is some hazard from the broken off lever but I wear full finger gloves and they sit pretty far in on the bars so I can't see how I could manage to snag any other body parts on them. I have had the new ones for about four weeks now and have yet to put them on for fear that as soon as I do, I crash and break the new one! Is it bad juju to replace banged up but serviceable mtb parts?

  2. #2
    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
    My Bikes
    Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
    Posts
    19,915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If it works and doesna't cause you a problem- then keep it. Don't know if its Murphy's or Sod's law but change those levers and you will be buying a new helmet, and Bars, and another set of levers.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

  3. #3
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,243
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ad6mj View Post
    I have had the new ones for about four weeks now and have yet to put them on for fear that as soon as I do, I crash and break the new one! Is it bad juju to replace banged up but serviceable mtb parts?
    Well, you'll never know until you replace them. I'd replace them immediately. There's no other way to resolve the question.

    The only reason to keep the old ones are plain old penny pinching. No juju or lack of juju.

    I'm a penny pincher. I'd want to get the full value of the money I've spent. You know, never replace a tire unless the threads are exposed. I might wait till another part needs to be replaced, a cable or something. That's just more efficient.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  4. #4
    Team Poseur Metric Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Beaumont, CA
    My Bikes
    2012 Motobecane Ti SRAM Red/2008 Trek Madone SRAM Force
    Posts
    1,331
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm a baseball fan...superstitions are part of the game. I guess that means yes...new bikes always get a scratch and never step on the foul line when leaving the field...just sayin'.
    The thoughts and opinions expressed by this poster are his own and should not be misconstrued as gospel. They are and were not meant to inflame, enrage or otherwise tick anyone off, usually.
    2012 Ti Motobecane with SRAM Red 2013~2008 Trek Madone with SRAM Force~2010 Specialized Hardrock 29er~2006 Trek 4300~Garmin 800 CTR
    Mark

  5. #5
    Ride Daddy Ride Jet Travis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Villa Incognito
    My Bikes
    1983 Trek 720; 1983 Trek 620; 1989 Gi Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra; LeMond Victoire; Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro
    Posts
    2,648
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Call me superstitious, but I never chew more than three wads of tobacco per century ride.
    "Light it up, Popo." --Levi Leipheimer

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Posts
    4,866
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Am I superstitious? No! And I'll never become superstitious either...knock on wood.

  7. #7
    Small Member maddmaxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    My Bikes
    Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
    Posts
    7,079
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    It's ok to replace the levers with the new ones as long as the proper precaution are observed.

    1. The work should be performed after sunset.
    2. The allen wrench used to remove the old livers should be disposed of along with the levers.
    3. New tools should be used for the new levers and new inner cables should be installed.
    4. Just before the new levers are installed, they should be walked around the bike in a circle, the right lever in a right hand direction, and the left lever in a left hand direction.
    5. Lastly, to show the machinery that you are in charge and have no fear of the new parts, a full ride should be undertaken as soon as possible without any forn of check ride or test. It is not good to let the machines smell fear.















    But first, the package with the new levers should be opened out of sight of the bicycle and they should not be allowed to reside in its presence untill the very moment of installation. Failure to do this is very bad juju indeed.

  8. #8
    Team Poseur Metric Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Beaumont, CA
    My Bikes
    2012 Motobecane Ti SRAM Red/2008 Trek Madone SRAM Force
    Posts
    1,331
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    It's ok to replace the levers with the new ones as long as the proper precaution are observed.

    1. The work should be performed after sunset.
    2. The allen wrench used to remove the old livers should be disposed of along with the levers.
    3. New tools should be used for the new levers and new inner cables should be installed.
    4. Just before the new levers are installed, they should be walked around the bike in a circle, the right lever in a right hand direction, and the left lever in a left hand direction.
    5. Lastly, to show the machinery that you are in charge and have no fear of the new parts, a full ride should be undertaken as soon as possible without any forn of check ride or test. It is not good to let the machines smell fear.




    But first, the package with the new levers should be opened out of sight of the bicycle and they should not be allowed to reside in its presence untill the very moment of installation. Failure to do this is very bad juju indeed.


    You forgot the naked dance in the garage.
    The thoughts and opinions expressed by this poster are his own and should not be misconstrued as gospel. They are and were not meant to inflame, enrage or otherwise tick anyone off, usually.
    2012 Ti Motobecane with SRAM Red 2013~2008 Trek Madone with SRAM Force~2010 Specialized Hardrock 29er~2006 Trek 4300~Garmin 800 CTR
    Mark

  9. #9
    Small Member maddmaxx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    My Bikes
    Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
    Posts
    7,079
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    In spite of the myth, the naked garage dance has nothing to do with brake levers...................................................
    Last edited by maddmaxx; 07-03-08 at 05:59 PM.

  10. #10
    Beginner AmberRae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Tustin, CA
    My Bikes
    Trek 4300
    Posts
    46
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i'm not very superstitious...however slightly OCD...
    could they be considered one in the same?

  11. #11
    Ride Daddy Ride Jet Travis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Villa Incognito
    My Bikes
    1983 Trek 720; 1983 Trek 620; 1989 Gi Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra; LeMond Victoire; Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro
    Posts
    2,648
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    2. The allen wrench used to remove the old livers should be disposed of
    As medical sciences advances yet again.
    "Light it up, Popo." --Levi Leipheimer

  12. #12
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,243
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    In spite of the myth, the naked garage dance has nothing to do with brake levers...................................................

    True, they should only be done for bottom brackets and spoke nipples.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  13. #13
    gone ride'n cyclinfool's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Upstate NY
    My Bikes
    Simoncini, Gary Fisher, Specialized Tarmac
    Posts
    4,052
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Maybe - I have never run over a black cat, avoid broken mirrors and don't ride under ladders. Does all that count?
    "Of all the things I ever lost I miss my mind the most." Mark Twain
    If all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

  14. #14
    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    My Bikes
    ariZona carbon fiber tandem & single
    Posts
    9,997
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just stay off the trails and in bed so you don't get hurt!

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Hemet,California
    My Bikes
    Giant OCR2, Motobecane Fantom Trail, Specialized Hard Rock, Giant Nutra
    Posts
    621
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    True, they should only be done for bottom brackets and spoke nipples.
    Got it, naked = bottom and/or nipples.

    I'm leaving the old levers on until they're good and thrashed.

  16. #16
    Team Poseur Metric Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Beaumont, CA
    My Bikes
    2012 Motobecane Ti SRAM Red/2008 Trek Madone SRAM Force
    Posts
    1,331
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    In spite of the myth, the naked garage dance has nothing to do with brake levers...................................................
    Boy do I feel silly...I hope the neighbors weren't watching.
    The thoughts and opinions expressed by this poster are his own and should not be misconstrued as gospel. They are and were not meant to inflame, enrage or otherwise tick anyone off, usually.
    2012 Ti Motobecane with SRAM Red 2013~2008 Trek Madone with SRAM Force~2010 Specialized Hardrock 29er~2006 Trek 4300~Garmin 800 CTR
    Mark

  17. #17
    Senior Member ?? Beverly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Englewood,Ohio
    My Bikes
    2007 Trek Madone 5.0 WSD - 2007 Trek 4300 WSD - 2008 Trek 520
    Posts
    5,090
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ad6mj View Post
    Is it bad juju to replace banged up but serviceable mtb parts?
    I vote to replace them. You just might tick the bike off by leaving the banged up part on it

    This reminds me of the advice I got when I skinned the bar wrap recently. The fellows I ride with said to wrap it with black electrical tape and it would be good as new I took the baby to the LBS and got it some new wrap....none of that crappy tape for it.
    =============================================================
    My cancer updates:
    https://www.mylifeline.org/beverlyow...=myupdates.cfm

    Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
    -- Antonio Smith

  18. #18
    www.ocrebels.com Rick@OCRR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Whittier, CA
    My Bikes
    GT Edge Titanium, Mercian Vincitore, Masi Gran Criterium, GT Zaskar, Hercules 3-Speed, KHS Flight Team
    Posts
    5,275
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If it were a road bike, I'd say replace it, but since it's a mountain bike, just ride it like it is. My mountain bike has been crashed, bashed and bounced off big rocks, so it has that authentic "yeah, I ride this thing!" look.

    I do wash it occasionally, lube it, etc. but don't worry at all about how it looks. If it still works, use it!

    Rick / OCRR

  19. #19
    Yen
    Yen is offline
    Surly Girly Yen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    4,103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
    This reminds me of the advice I got when I skinned the bar wrap recently. The fellows I ride with said to wrap it with black electrical tape and it would be good as new I took the baby to the LBS and got it some new wrap....none of that crappy tape for it.
    LOL.... I bet they repair their broken lamps and furniture in the same manner.
    Specialized Roubaix Expert
    Surly Long Haul Trucker

  20. #20
    Lone Star Tex_Arcana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Houston, Tx.
    Posts
    562
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Metric Man View Post
    Boy do I feel silly...I hope the neighbors weren't watching.
    For anything dealing with brakes, tires, wheels, any rubber part or surface that comes in contact with a rubber part or controls a rubber part the beheading of a rubber chicken should be performed on your handlebars before installation to appease the spirits of vulcanization.

  21. #21
    Senior Member Red Baron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    On a Road in Central Bluegrass KY
    My Bikes
    Not enough
    Posts
    1,249
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Its bad luck to be superstitious.
    **Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**

  22. #22
    Spelling Snob Hobartlemagne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    My Bikes
    Panasonic DX4000, Bianchi Pista
    Posts
    2,863
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Im only superstitious about one thing in cycling. Just read the bottom of my signature.

    The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

  23. #23
    Senior Member geofitz13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Springfield, MA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez Elite
    Posts
    361
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Travis View Post
    Call me superstitious, but I never chew more than three wads of tobacco per century ride.
    I wouldn't want to be riding behind you!

  24. #24
    Senior Member tntom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Knoxville, Tn.
    My Bikes
    Felt Z35
    Posts
    397
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Yen View Post
    LOL.... I bet they repair their broken lamps and furniture in the same manner.
    SO!

  25. #25
    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
    My Bikes
    Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
    Posts
    19,915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
    I vote to replace them. You just might tick the bike off by leaving the banged up part on it

    This reminds me of the advice I got when I skinned the bar wrap recently. The fellows I ride with said to wrap it with black electrical tape and it would be good as new I took the baby to the LBS and got it some new wrap....none of that crappy tape for it.
    Just glad you did not take the fellows advice- Everyone knows that gaffer tape is the only kind to use on a bike.

    You have found an alternative use for the repair agent for when it moves

    If it doesn't move and it should---Use WD 40

    If it moves and it shouldn't---Use Gaffer tape.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •