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Old 01-19-06, 11:39 AM   #1
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missing finger

how many of you guys have actually mashed your finger in a chain, resulting in pretty serious damage/stitches?

(i'm prompted to ask having seen the photo story of bostontrevors flying fingertip and
then mlprojects pic and advice to the upsidedown maintenance q)
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Old 01-19-06, 11:58 AM   #2
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it happened to me with the chain going slowly.
hurt like ****, but no lasting damage.
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Old 01-19-06, 01:58 PM   #3
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talk to suntour who posts occasionally. I witnessed his crash at kissena... not pretty but pretty permenent.
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Sheldon Brown issues a warning on his Fixed Gear Bicycles for the Road page, about the danger of wrenching on fixed-gear bicycles where the chain and gears will turn if the rear wheel turns. He's got a couple of gruesome pictures:

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Old 01-19-06, 03:14 PM   #5
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paging bostontrevor...

EDIT: oh NOWW I read the OP
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Old 01-19-06, 03:47 PM   #6
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i think i found one:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercu...s/13660739.htm
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Old 01-19-06, 03:51 PM   #7
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i was really worried that when i backed it out of my chain that the tip would fall off...

i had some scar tissue, numbness and limited movement for awhile, but its back to normal
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Old 01-19-06, 05:36 PM   #8
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i've had my fingernail chewed through before, but i guess it wasn't spinning fast enough for worse.

scared the crap out of me though. and its not as though i wasn't aware of the potential risk, it's just something that needs to happen before you REALLY appreciate the danger.
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I've got a nice little gash on my middle finger, right hand right now. I was cleaning the chain and talking to someone and got a little careless, but thankfully the wheel was spinning pretty slow. It was painful cleaning the grease out of the wound, but I heal pretty fast.
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Old 01-19-06, 05:55 PM   #10
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jonb got his fingernail pretty well stabbed while building his keirin.
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this thread is so Burrito Incompatible.
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good friend of mine just punched a hole into the top of his thumb last night cleaning his hub... towel got drawn in by the chain/cog and pow, insta-thumb-blood-faucet
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It's a good thing we can't use our dicks as a third hand.
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Got a nice gash but nothing serious...
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I punched a hole in the middle of my fingernail from my bmx bike several years ago, no lasting damage.
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Originally Posted by timcupery
Sheldon Brown issues a warning on his Fixed Gear Bicycles for the Road page, about the danger of wrenching on fixed-gear bicycles where the chain and gears will turn if the rear wheel turns. He's got a couple of gruesome pictures:

I believ the bottom pics are bostontrevor....I could be wrong, but I know its just about that bad
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Old 01-20-06, 01:02 AM   #17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by timcupery
Sheldon Brown issues a warning on his Fixed Gear Bicycles for the Road page, about the danger of wrenching on fixed-gear bicycles where the chain and gears will turn if the rear wheel turns. He's got a couple of gruesome pictures:

I am a goddamn poster-boy! That's me in the bottom photos.
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Old 01-20-06, 01:03 AM   #18
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did you use the chunk to score a free meal at a nice restaurant? Thats the smart thing to do.
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Sure woulda been the smart thing to do, no?

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"uh sir? There seems to be a finger chunk in my keg. So I guess that makes this on the house right? I think I saw a fingernail in the co2 pump too"
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