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    So I learned something today

    So, yeah, I learned something today.

    I learned that its possible to hit your hand on your chainring so hard, that the individual sprockets will pierce your fingernails and make your fingers bleed. I did not know that was possible, until I did it.

    I was taking the pedals off my second bike and didn't feel like putting it on the workstand. The DS pedal was on pretty tight and as I worked to get it off, the pedal finally let loose and I slammed my hand into the crankset. I now have three black cuts on my fingers - two through the fingernails.

    It was not a good feeling.

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    Thanks for reminding me, I have to put my pedals back on my road bike before I try to go on my next ride. I've whacked my knuckles on the chainring while removing pedals before, but never pierced the fingernails. Nice job.
    "Well, I guess you can cut the arts as much as you want... Sooner or later, these kids aren't going to have anything to read or write about." (Richard Dreyfus as Glenn Holland)

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    OUCH!!!!!




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    one of the biggest things that separates humans from other animals is the ability to use tools...

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    and that's why you put the chain on the big chainring up front when switching out your pedals

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    i have opposable thumbs. they are really useful
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    mechanics gloves are your friend

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    Only takes a few light taps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck G View Post
    mechanics gloves are your friend
    this.

    I work construction on the side, and I learned the hard way (several times I might add) that gloves pay off in the long run.
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    So Nair will melt my fingernails off so I don't have to cut 'em? Sweet!

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    leverage is your friend.
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    I did that before. Two months later it still hasn't healed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notwist View Post
    and that's why you put the chain on the big chainring up front when switching out your pedals
    rule #1.

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    And now I've learned something (actually several.) Thanks OP for teaching me through your pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cycho View Post
    and now i've learned something (actually several.) thanks op for teaching me through your pain.
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    3/8" impact makes quick work of pedal removal with no busted knuckles. Just make sure to remember which side is righty-loosey.

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    I pull the pedal wrench by wrapping my palm around the wrench, grabbing the crank spider in my fingers, then squeezing my grip closed to crack the pedal loose...
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    Quote Originally Posted by saratoga View Post
    3/8" impact makes quick work of pedal removal with no busted knuckles. Just make sure to remember which side is righty-loosey.
    Trying to picture that, but I just can't.
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    8mm allen bit in the impact wrench hitting the pedal spindle from the back side?
    I don't even use the offensive term "Fred." -- Sheldon "All Cyclists Are My Friends" Brown (1944-2008)

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    power tools and bicycles don't mix.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    power tools and bicycles don't mix.
    +1
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    My wife has treated a guy - local shop wrench - who came in with a ring tatoo in his hand. Required a lot of stitches she said.

    He now says, "Your wife is a great nurse - tell her thanks again." everytime I see him.

    Starting to wonder what he means by that.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by notwist View Post
    and that's why you put the chain on the big chainring up front when switching out your pedals
    I learned this the hard way. They say that experience is the best teacher, but I would have been preferred to just read about it on the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    My wife has treated a guy - local shop wrench - who came in with a ring tatoo in his hand. Required a lot of stitches she said.

    He now says, "Your wife is a great nurse - tell her thanks again." everytime I see him.

    Starting to wonder what he means by that.....
    it means you need to hurt yourself more

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    thats sucks, always use heat! get a torch and hit it for a few seconds with some sort of lubricant(wd-40) than hit wrench with a mallet. works almost every time all the time

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    I think I started a thread like this last year.

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