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Old 12-30-05, 01:29 PM   #1
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Post your recent not so pleasant, unglorious ride. I particularly like the non-injurious, mechanical failure stories with unpleasant outcomes......had a couple myself.
Non-regional, any metro area....

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Old 12-30-05, 01:42 PM   #2
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I understand someone had a crappy ride in the Denver Metro Area today.
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Old 12-30-05, 01:53 PM   #3
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I consider the words "Crappy ride" a contradiction in terms.
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Old 12-30-05, 01:55 PM   #4
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My commute gets really messed up by all this weather coming and going. I have to slog through about 30 feet of mud, up to 4" deep in spots. That's a PITA with 700x35 tires, even with the studs (studs are on because of ice, not mud, but the studded tires have decent knobs). Why can't it stay warm enough to dry out, or cold enough to keep the mud frozen?
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Old 12-30-05, 02:49 PM   #5
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Hmm, lets see, I haven't had a crappy ride since I nearly broke my ankle delivering newspapers (big hill, was going 30+ at the bottom and a car bumper caught myrear rack and I went shooting off the front of my bike like Dark Helmet did in Spaceballs when the ship stopped suddenly). I have had Crappy parts of rides. On January second I had a ride take a crappy turn as I started to flat a lot in the heavy rain on a solo double century fromt the late afternoon until Midnight. I had 14 flats in all and had to pump up my tire many more times than that. Rain is not bad, flats in themselves are not bad, mud is not bad. Changing 10+ flats in the rain and mud is crappy. There were good zenlike moments between some of those flats so I can't call the ride crappy though. It was my first double century. Great to have an epic ride on the first go round huh?

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Old 12-30-05, 03:24 PM   #6
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I consider the words "Crappy ride" a contradiction in terms.
I agree. The imperfections are what makes the ride. It's winter now so we tend to ride less and talk about it more. The best bike riding stories always center on some ride's imperfections.
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I agree. The imperfections are what makes the ride. It's winter now so we tend to ride less and talk about it more. The best bike riding stories always center on some ride's imperfections.
Many of my favorite all time ridesor races were in truly adverse conditions, experienced when I did not feel well, or the mechanicals just were over the top. Overcoming adversity always brings with it a level of satisfaction for me.
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Old 12-30-05, 04:13 PM   #8
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I was doing a 30-mile loop fitness ride when my rear tire blows at mile 7. The tire is shot to hell so I can't even repair it. That sucked. Had to call my old man to come pick me up.
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I guess what really counts is if you had a GLORIOUS crappy ride.
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A friend and I were passing a parked car. It took off all of a sudden. He slammed on his brakes and I hit his back wheel and went down on the pavement. That was my only crappy ride. ..................................That was in 1966.
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Glorious crappy ride in denver?
I smell jealousy

Anyhow, I've never had a crappy ride (yet).
Even my last ride in a 30mph average winds with 50-60mph gusts was not crappy. Just exhausting.
I had another ride in sleet with winds of 50mph. That was amusing also. Not crappy. Only annoying.
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I rode to the university to drop off some work. As I began to head back, my wheel shifted in the dropouts and seized against the chainstay. Had failed to tighten the axle bolts properly. Time to walk back in the 33 degree rain! yay
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well i've had a wicked cold and hadn't ridden till yesterday. did an easy 15 miles and now i'm coughing up a lung. crappy for sure. i work with kids so it's a bit of an occupational hazard. i still manage to only get sick once or twice a year but damn it's hell.
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Made the mistake of vacationing in Myrtle Beach, SC this past summer. Made the further mistake of bringing my road bike with me. Someone in these forums said Myrtle Beach was a great place to ride, but they must have been talking about a different Myrtle Beach, perhaps one in a parallel universe somewhere. Between the drunks, teenagers, obliviots, and various combinations thereof, I was lucky to get out of there alive.

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I rode to the university to drop off some work. As I began to head back, my wheel shifted in the dropouts and seized against the chainstay. Had failed to tighten the axle bolts properly. Time to walk back in the 33 degree rain! yay
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Old 12-31-05, 12:22 PM   #16
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The only crappy ride I have had in a while was a little 8 mile ride I took with my daughter.It was about 50 degrees out when we left and when we reached our destination it was getting dark.we went farther than we had actually planned.well after the sun went down it dropped to around 30.she hadn't zipped up her jacket and just about froze.we ended up walking the last mile or so.Poor girl was just so cold she couldn't pedal any more.
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I did 18 miles in some serious rain yesterday. Everything is flooded where I live right now so I got drenched buy all the punk kids who drive as close to mudpuddles next to me as possible. Some of the roads I went down had as much as 5 or 6 inches of water that soaked my shoes, anything more than that and I chicken out.
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I had a crappy ride last night but I don't want to talk about it. I'll just say it involves a leaky tupperware, a couple dogs and a patch of ice.
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