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Old 04-23-08, 10:03 PM   #1
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So ... me and my bike went swimmin' this afternoon ...

OK, so my chain has been loud for the last week - I try to get to it - but didn't. Do a quick clean at work (they're used to me doing a bit of wrenching) - run out and ride - (knew it was going to rain on and off this afternoon - so I had a coupla minutes extra this morning so I attach the back Zefel fender, still have the mudguard on from a few weeks ago and can't find the front Zefel and make sure I have full heat and tail lights - ya know - just in case).

OMG - the skys let loose a few times during the afternoon - but ... most importantly ... the major storm rolled through 15 minutes before I was to leave ...

So I spent some time making sure the expensive headlight was secure (for some reason it loosens easily) and took my time and --- ahhhh thunder/lightening was over and clearing up.

heh - no biggie - get out and do my normal route home and then go under a train track underpass that is notorious for having the storm sewers plugging up and having accidents, etc and guess what!

I ran into a lake. Kept on riding with traffic in front and in back of me, although the trucks that I was riding "with" slowed down so as to not flood themselves - I was already out of the saddle and peddling - water level was over the full extension of my pedaling - hehe I mean I've ridden thru some minor streams and such but not for an extensive stretch of underwater!

But the best, as I was personally being amazed at the traction I was getting being underwater, but it was the dink of a big truck w/full cab that could see the expanse of water from the small hill he drove down to the underpass - didn't care and hit it at more than the 30 mph he was supposed to be doing and so it was the black, mucky, goobery water that then became a tsunami over the small truck next to me - that slowed down him down to get thru the water that was up to his floorboards - and me.

Me - I was outta the saddle anyway and plowing thru the small lake.

Yeah, that SOB truck in the other lane was a great guy. But ... all in all - I discovered what it is like to bike thru some deep water. Big Grin hehe - my bike looks like poo too!

Ahhhh - all in a commuter's life!
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How deep is your lo----er I mean....How deep was it?
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Hope your bb is okay.
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How deep is your lo----er I mean....How deep was it?
Kinda cool -- my feet were totally under water top and bottom pedal cycle - oh yeah and my mudguard - hehe - when I entered the water - and saw it was getting deep - I looked down and saw it was cutting a sledge thru the water - and then it was swallowed up. Pretty interesting - as I've done some minor water and wondered how my bike would handle in ... well ... water. Handles quite nicely.

Now as to the doinks riding thru it sending the tsunami over to the other side of the road - well - I hope ya all stall out somewhere down the road, flood your engine and have to have some work done on that POS poo kinda vehicle.

I DO have a most positive attitude, don't I?
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Kinda cool -- my feet were totally under water top and bottom pedal cycle -
Oh boy.

Tude if you know how, I'd check your bottom bracket. Water in there is a no no. Was this your new bike?
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Bottom bracket and perhaps repack the hub bearings.
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Oh boy.

Tude if you know how, I'd check your bottom bracket. Water in there is a no no. Was this your new bike?
FS baby is in the dry docks a waiting final payment. He's purdy ... Can't wait to take him out and abuse him.

hehe. It sounds like a date to me!!

But in reality I do have to repack the bottom bearings - just from running this bike through the winter - plus I have some chatter from the rear wheel.
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One day last year a stream overflowed and was about 30ft wide and pretty deep over a road. An SUV coming the other way stopped on the other side and was about to turn around. I did not care if they are too wussy to cross. I was in TT mode and I did not slow as I powered through the flood. I glanced over at them when I crossed and continued.
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tude...if your going riding in lakes, there's really not much point in putting fenders on the bike.

just saying.....
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tude...if your going riding in lakes, there's really not much point in putting fenders on the bike.

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hehe - the mudguard I threw on for a dirt run was still on from a couple weeks ago (lazy) and at first it parted the mighty waters, and then disappeared.
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