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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-22-09, 12:42 AM   #1
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has anyone

gotten a finger in the cog and chain? stories and pictures would be appreciated if available. it happened to my friend a few days ago..

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Old 09-22-09, 12:47 AM   #2
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http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed.html#fing
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Old 09-22-09, 12:48 AM   #3
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careful what you ask for, there are some pretty gross pictures of this on here.
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Old 09-22-09, 12:58 AM   #4
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I have seen this happen far too many times.

My hand steers clear of the chain when I am operating upon my bike.
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Old 09-22-09, 01:25 AM   #5
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A friend got a few fingers caught in what was a pretty slack chain... he cut his fingers to the bone and actually chipped them.

Had the chain been tight and things been spinning a little faster we'd be calling him lefty.
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Old 09-22-09, 02:09 AM   #6
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how bout no.jpg @ pictures
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I haven't seen it with a fixed gear but, working in bike shops, I've had bunches of little kids get a finger caught between coaster brake chains and sprockets. In every case that I've been personally the kid has stopped before they got too seriously hurt but they couldn't get their finger out because the coaster brake won't let it turn backward. It usually requires a 15 mm wrench to loosen the chain tension while mom looks on in horror.

If you can still make the sale after that happens, you're good.
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Old 09-22-09, 07:36 AM   #8
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**** this.
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it'll grow back!

Don't worry, as long as it's the fingertips down to as far as your nails it'll grow back. I have heard of similar things happening with disk brakes too.
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Old 09-22-09, 09:35 AM   #10
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just happened this weekend...pretty much the same as the top pic except deeper.
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My baby brother did last week! I had my bike upside down because I doing some stuff and I walked away for a few minutes to get some things. Soon after I left we hear him scream. He played with the pedal and turned the wheel a little while his hand was on the chainring right near the chain. Lucky the wheel didn't turn very much or else he would have had more than just a cut and pinched finger.
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Somewhere back in the archives is a nice photo set of a guy who actually took the end of his finger clean off.
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Old 10-02-09, 09:58 PM   #13
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Just did my left index finger tonight...
Slack chain, spinning to investigate..
Into number 47t she went.
Just got the tip on the side as I was pulling my finger back, but she still got a small chunk.
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