Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: East Tennessee
Bikes: 2002 Lightspeed Classic; 2010 Pedalforce RS
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Glad no damage was done, this sounds vaguely familiar.
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The shackle pictured above got lodged on my rear tire on a ride a while back. I never saw it in the road and had no idea what was wrong as the bike ground to a halt in about 30 ft. The tire didn't skid and no damage was done outside scrubbing the logo off of the tire. You can see the remains of the logo in the picture. Fortunately, I was alone at the time, if I had been in a paceline or with anyone behind me, the results would have been quite different.
It was quite hard to remove the shackle before I could go on, I found a stick and pried it off. I thought I was going to have to deflate the tire.