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    Grumpy Old Bugga europa's Avatar
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    Oops (this could make a fun thread if we all share)

    I recently changed the wheels on my Hillbrick (back to the originals as it happens) ... and hadn't used her since.

    When carrying the bike on the bike carrier on my car, I use an old toe strap to stop the front wheel from flapping about.

    I drove part way to work today. When I loosened that strap, the front wheel fell out the frame
    It appears that when I put the front wheel in, I only did the nuts up finger tight and forget to assault them with a spanner
    Good thing I use that strap.

    The sad part is, maybe them danged 'lawyer lips' actually do serve a useful purpose. The Hillbrick is a custom frame with Italian forks, she didn't come with them.
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

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    any chance i could get some pictures of your bikes without wading through the picture thread?
    http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/pake-rum-runner-14226

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    A couple of years ago, I bought a Windsor Hour, but I ordered the wrong size (too big). I didn't want to futz with sending the bike back so I rode it for a while and then ordered a Kilo frame from Bike Island in the correct size. When I assembled the bike, I got down to the fork/steer tube assembly part. I assembled the crown race and headset stuff and put the steer tube through the head tube. I measured right to the top of the head tube and lopped off the excess with a nice pipe cutter.

    Yes... I cut my steer tube flush with the top of my head tube. That was a $90 lesson that I won't ever forget. Live and learn, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by heymatthew View Post
    I measured right to the top of the head tube and lopped off the excess with a nice pipe cutter.

    Yes... I cut my steer tube flush with the top of my head tube. That was a $90 lesson that I won't ever forget. Live and learn, right?

    LOL!

    That's awful man

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmontgomery87 View Post
    LOL!

    That's awful man
    I know... But I just have to laugh when thinking about it now. I think at the time, I immediately realized what I did and I was like, "FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU...." LOL!
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    Taking slam that stem to a whole new level.

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    mi gusta quill stems porque muy sexy/bonita...adjustable
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    Yesterday I flipped my stem around and swapped bars, I tightened the top tube screw for the headset then put the handle bars on to line it up but one I put the handlebars on I tried to ride it without tightening the stem. I luckily didn't crash but scared the hell out of me.

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    I recently did a cosmetic overhaul on an old Schwinn beach cruiser that I've owned forever. I spent a zillion hours using really harsh chemicals (methylene chloride) to strip the old powder coat off the frame and fork. Then I had them powder coated the new color.

    OH boy, assembly time. Built her back up with some new pedals, tires, and a B17 saddle. She looks great.

    OK, now, before the over eager test ride it's time to double check all fasteners to make sure I didn't miss something. Stem, check, handlebars, check, axles, check, you know the drill.

    I rode to the end of the driveway and it felt great. I started down the street and began carving some deep lean "Slalom" turns and WTF????? The bike was flexing like mad. Right in the middle. I could totally feel the bending. Was the chemical so harsh that it ruined the frame? Did the powder coater over bake it and ruin it? I rode on and looked down to see if the bottom bracket was twisting or if the stays were tweaking or whatever I could find. Oooooooops. The seat post was freely rotating in the seat tube.

    I failed miserably on my double check list. Duh.

    At least my bike wasn't ruined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huffandstuff View Post
    Yesterday I flipped my stem around and swapped bars, I tightened the top tube screw for the headset then put the handle bars on to line it up but one I put the handlebars on I tried to ride it without tightening the stem. I luckily didn't crash but scared the hell out of me.
    That coulda ended ugly.

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    I'm so glad I started this.

    Much more fun cocking up something on a bike than on a car, especially if the only damage is to your dignity (or lack thereof in my case)
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

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    Once when I was installing a new chain I forgot to secure the clip on my master link. I threw the chain on, adjusted the tension, thought "Perfect! I did such a good job this time," and took the bike for a spin around the block. I heard a little *clink* down the alley as though a tiny little piece of metal had come off my bike. "Curious," I thought, "wonder what that could have been." Walked the bike back to my garage, did a top-to-bottom check of every nut and bolt to make sure they were all present and secure...and then I saw the chain. And then I saw the master link clip sitting on my work bench. Luckily I had slipped the plate on over the link, so I got to spend 45 minutes looking for it in the alley with my phone as a flashlight in the quickly setting sun.

    Then I drank an appropriate amount of beer.
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    "I made love to your mother dozens of times last week, and she doesnt know what a worn chain ring looks like"

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    Quote Originally Posted by GENESTARWIND View Post
    any chance i could get some pictures of your bikes without wading through the picture thread?
    Here you go mate, I just added a couple of posts in the appropriate threads - these links should take you to the right place

    2014 Post Your SS or FG megathread!

    Let's see some of your geared bikes (2014+)
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

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    ive forgotten to tighten the stem a time or two, but the way i test ride i account for me forgetting something and start out real slow then gradually picking it up hoping ive caught everything by that time.

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    I was installing my Soma Port Rack on one of my geared bikes but the angles didnt match with my Braze ons. I wound up using an adapter to run the rack onto my quick release axle/hub, which generally works out fine....UNTIL ONE FATEFUL AFTERNOON. I had my rack loaded up pretty heavy and had just replaced a flat. I was a bit of a sissy tightening my QR and the first pothole launched my rack off the axle and everything went flying everywhere. Luckily my wheel stayed on but it was a very embarasing day. I would equate it to that of a yard sale on skis.


    Edit: Anytime my pizza falls off previously mentioned rack do to lack of an understanding of bunji chord physics.

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    I tried to pound an ISO crown race onto a JIS fork. I didn't know the difference back then and I cracked the crown race for my expensive headset.

    WAY early on I was installing a new crank for the first time after having added a new BB. I kept cranking on the 8mm bolt until the head sheered right off! That was no fun.

    I think my best moment came after installing a new cog/lockring. I decided to go and ride around the neighborhood to get a feel for the new gear ratio and practice brakeless-style stops. Coming down a small hill to a stop sign, doing all that silly leg stuff to slow down until the I feel the cog unscrew and push the lockring right off the hub. I still have some speed so I go for my front brake but the QR is open and the lever is bottomed out! oh ****. There are some cars at the intersection I'm still a newb so I panic because. I didn't know what to do and I ended up rolling through the stop sign. Unharmed, I steer toward the sidewalk, put a foot down, and dismount. I felt so stupid after that but at least I the only damage was a stripped hub.
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    On my very first bike conversion, I had no idea what a crank puller was and I sawed through a nice Stronglight TS drive side crank. It's been almost 10 years and I'm still disappointed in myself.

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    Wait till after late dinner to install new chainring with old chain, quick spin up the road seemed fine. In the morning crunch crunch crunch from mile five to fifteen to campus, and crunching all of the way home. Luckily it was only a $12 origin8 lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregLast View Post
    On my very first bike conversion, I had no idea what a crank puller was and I sawed through a nice Stronglight TS drive side crank. It's been almost 10 years and I'm still disappointed in myself.
    Ouch. I stripped the extractor threads out of a Campy Record crank arm because I forgot to remove the washer from under the bolt head. Fortunately there were enough threads to pull the crank off after I realized my mistake.

    Also, at one point I was switching parts between two bikes and decided I would put the needle bearings from one headset into the loose ball headset of the second bike because they looked cooler. Wasn't sure why my headset wouldn't adjust properly for a little while. I was so foolish at 18.

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    I had my bike upside-down trying to clean the chain with a piece of cloth. As I was turning the crank, part of the cloth and my finger got caught in the chainring. If it wasn't for the cloth to buffer the initial blow, I probably would have done some serious damage to my finger. Rookie mistake, opps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyteeth View Post
    Ouch. I stripped the extractor threads out of a Campy Record crank arm because I forgot to remove the washer from under the bolt head. Fortunately there were enough threads to pull the crank off after I realized my mistake.
    I did the same with my non-drive side Miche Advanced Primato cranks. Had a couple friends over in the garage and was distracted and forgot to take out the crank bolt. Was wondering why it was so tough to remove the crank arm, then it finally started going. I stripped every thread out of the crank arm, so I just left it on for another year. LBS got it off with some big fork later on.

    I had a friend fix a flat or something, and after he put the rear tire back on, he was spinning his cranks and at the same time wanted to check his chain tension. He cut off the tip of his pointer finger right through the middle of the nail. They reattached it, but it's still a bit shorter and less sensitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregLast View Post
    On my very first bike conversion, I had no idea what a crank puller was and I sawed through a nice Stronglight TS drive side crank. It's been almost 10 years and I'm still disappointed in myself.
    You work for Brick Lane Bikes and I claim my five pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cute Boy Horse View Post
    You work for Brick Lane Bikes and I claim my five pounds.
    Nope. Try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregLast View Post
    Nope. Try again.
    You are Spock and I claim my five pounds.

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