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Old 06-10-06, 10:28 PM   #1
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How to scratch up your bike.

So, yesterday I decided I was going to put clipless pedals on my bike. Then tody I decided I was going to try and learn to trackstand while seated.

Yeah, that's hard. And clipping out before you fall over is hard too. I Scratched up my brake lever, bar tape, and the end of my pedal.

Oh well, live and learn, I'll get better eventually.

Also, I really think I need to get a flip-flop rear wheel. Trackstanding on a freewheel bike is way too hard. Especially while seated.
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Old 06-10-06, 10:33 PM   #2
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holy **** people care about these things!?
If your that scared about scratches, then just don't ride it.

but seriously, you'll get over it.
... and I came to this thread expecting some awesome story of how some guy in a car drove up to you and keyed your bike while you were riding on it.
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Old 06-10-06, 11:56 PM   #3
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beats my first attempt with clipless. 0kmph-how-the-hell-do-i-unclip-fall-over

You get over it.
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Ha. To be 14 again...

(I don't think I cared then ,either)
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ok so your next job is to get the **** out of Davis.
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try doing an endo while skidding drunk and landing on your face. and killing your headlight. and bending your bullhorns. and cutting up your knee, hand and shoulder.

last thing I cared about was scratches.
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FWIW, today I think I may have f*cked up my ACL at a stoplight on my singlespeed because I'm too used to clipless and couldn't get out of my clips 'n' straps and fell over and wrenched my knee...

I would have been glad to put some scratches on the Basso instead.
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It's not so much that I care that the bike is scratched. It's just a stupidly lame way to scratch it. Stop, fall over sideways. I'm glad no one was looking.
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So, yesterday I decided I was going to put clipless pedals on my bike. Then tody I decided I was going to try and learn to trackstand while seated.

Yeah, that's hard. And clipping out before you fall over is hard too. I Scratched up my brake lever, bar tape, and the end of my pedal.

Oh well, live and learn, I'll get better eventually.

Also, I really think I need to get a flip-flop rear wheel. Trackstanding on a freewheel bike is way too hard. Especially while seated.
how do you trackstand with a freewheel??
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use the brake. I know a guy that can trackstand all day on his Cannondale cross bike. Uphill. In traffic.

There's a fancy diagram on the net showing the physics of it all...
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how do you trackstand with a freewheel??
Practice. I learned to do it on a mountain bike. It's a lot easier if the bike faces slightly uphill. Instead of putting pressure on the back pedal, you take pressure off the front pedal and just kinda let the bike roll backwards.
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Dont feel bad.
I fell over trackstanding in clips
A gust of wind knocked me over. Really.
Of course it was in a busy area so a lot of people
saw it. . .
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I kinda feel about bikes like I do about guitars.

The first thing you do when you buy a new guitar and are ready to string it up with your favorite strings is the following. Loosen up all the tuners so the strings are a little slack. Take your keys out of your pocket. Place the guitar face up on your lap while seated. Hold your keys about 18 inches about the face of the guitar and drop them. Now you can enjoy the guitar without worrying about scratching it.

Same thing with your bike. Be happy the first scratch you get, it'll get more and at least once the first is done you can get busy riding it and not babying it only.
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Old 06-11-06, 07:29 AM   #15
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I kinda feel about bikes like I do about guitars.

The first thing you do when you buy a new guitar and are ready to string it up with your favorite strings is the following. Loosen up all the tuners so the strings are a little slack. Take your keys out of your pocket. Place the guitar face up on your lap while seated. Hold your keys about 18 inches about the face of the guitar and drop them. Now you can enjoy the guitar without worrying about scratching it.

Same thing with your bike. Be happy the first scratch you get, it'll get more and at least once the first is done you can get busy riding it and not babying it only.
So true. When I scratched the downtube of my latest bike while building it up the initial "Oh ****!" was followed immediately by a sigh of relief. Don't sweat the small stuff.
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I kinda feel about bikes like I do about guitars.

The first thing you do when you buy a new guitar and are ready to string it up with your favorite strings is the following. Loosen up all the tuners so the strings are a little slack. Take your keys out of your pocket. Place the guitar face up on your lap while seated. Hold your keys about 18 inches about the face of the guitar and drop them. Now you can enjoy the guitar without worrying about scratching it.

Same thing with your bike. Be happy the first scratch you get, it'll get more and at least once the first is done you can get busy riding it and not babying it only.
HA ha ,yeah. I actually took a pad of steel wool to my Les Paul, since it was too new and glossy -like plastic.

Looks good now!
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^^^^ Wow !! Steel wool to LP
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My Mercier came dented courtesy of UPS ...
I dunno, I think I would have had to raise some hell with UPS for that. All of my bikes came prescratched, but a dented new frame ...
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HA ha ,yeah. I actually took a pad of steel wool to my Les Paul, since it was too new and glossy -like plastic.

Looks good now!
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I rode through a sewer grate the other day and ate ****. I thought I got away with only scratching up my bar tape and knees, but I kept feeling some type of give in my drivetrain on the ride home.
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try doing an endo while skidding drunk and landing on your face. and killing your headlight. and bending your bullhorns. and cutting up your knee, hand and shoulder.

last thing I cared about was scratches.

that happened to a friend of mine a few weeks back.
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At least you didn't punch a hole through your thumbnail cleaning your chain like I did last night. I am so embarrassed. Yes, I put photos on flickr, so you can all mock me publicly.
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woohoo, public humiliation!
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mareesha - saw that when you posted it on flickr. ouch!
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