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Rant: Leaving your wheel(s) at a race

Old 05-05-08, 10:41 AM
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Rant: Leaving your wheel(s) at a race

I'm really getting sick of emails over my district listserv about people who left their (presumably) spare wheel(s) at the race course. Unless you crashed and left the race via the escort of an emergency vehicle, I really can fathom no excuse for leaving your wheels at a race.

And these aren't cheapo wheels people are leaving, too. Ksyriums mostly, but I've even seen an email where someone had left a set of 303's at the race. Seriously, what gives? Is it too difficult to perform a quick inventory before you pull out of the parking lot?
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van full of guys and gear, race runs late, wife is *****ing you're late...it isn't really all that difficult to leave something behind.
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Old 05-05-08, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
van full of guys and gear, race runs late, wife is *****ing you're late...it isn't really all that difficult to leave something behind.
I wonder how many people have driven over their own wheels when distracted.
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Old 05-05-08, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
Unless you crashed and left the race via the escort of an emergency vehicle, I really can fathom no excuse for leaving your wheels at a race.
Have you never made a mistake? Is this how you think you motivate people? I sincerely hope you don't have kids. If you do, I hope you think of different things that this macho crapola.
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Old 05-05-08, 11:17 AM
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Ever hear of the absent-minded professor? That is me. You wouldn't believe the stuff I've forgotten that would cause people to say, "how could anyone forget that!" In other words, I am sympathetic.
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Old 05-05-08, 11:31 AM
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I wonder how many people have driven over their own wheels when distracted.
Slowly raises hand...

Thank the Madonna del Ghisallo that Ks are tough...
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Old 05-05-08, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by ri_us View Post
Have you never made a mistake? Is this how you think you motivate people? I sincerely hope you don't have kids. If you do, I hope you think of different things that this macho crapola.
I'm not trying to motivate anyone. Nor would I ever rant to my kids. This isn't macho crapola, it's me ranting about the apparent mindlessness of some racers in my district.
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Old 05-05-08, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by damocles1 View Post
Slowly raises hand...

Thank the Madonna del Ghisallo that Ks are tough...

I'm glad I'm not the only one.
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Old 05-05-08, 12:03 PM
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It happens everywhere, and yes, it's easy to do.

When you're in a hurry to get to/leave from a race, things get forgotten. Just this past weekend, I missed a race because I pulled the wrong directions off of the Interweb. Winona, IN is not the same as Winona Lake, IN, apparently.

I've showed up to a race without my shoes, which were sitting in a bag by the front door of my apartment. I've forgotten my helmet before, but that's pretty common, too. Both times I was lucky to find a fellow racer who was able to bail me out. Believe me, their generosity was rewarded.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
I'm really getting sick of emails over my district listserv about people who left their (presumably) spare wheel(s) at the race course. Unless you crashed and left the race via the escort of an emergency vehicle, I really can fathom no excuse for leaving your wheels at a race.

And these aren't cheapo wheels people are leaving, too. Ksyriums mostly, but I've even seen an email where someone had left a set of 303's at the race. Seriously, what gives? Is it too difficult to perform a quick inventory before you pull out of the parking lot?
Are those emails really such a problem? I would bet that they can be deleted in less time than it took you to start this thread.
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Old 05-05-08, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Coyote2 View Post
Are those emails really such a problem? I would bet that they can be deleted in less time than it took you to start this thread.

Yes, but the photons used to display the message on the screen will never be recovered.

Won't somebody PLEASE think of the photons!!!!!
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
I'm really getting sick of emails over my district listserv about people who left their (presumably) spare wheel(s) at the race course. Unless you crashed and left the race via the escort of an emergency vehicle, I really can fathom no excuse for leaving your wheels at a race.

And these aren't cheapo wheels people are leaving, too. Ksyriums mostly, but I've even seen an email where someone had left a set of 303's at the race. Seriously, what gives? Is it too difficult to perform a quick inventory before you pull out of the parking lot?
newsflash: kysriums are not cheap.

btw - what about the other angle, like my buddy who had his Zipp 404 laced PT wheel disappear from the wheel van, a couple of weeks ago?
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Old 05-05-08, 12:14 PM
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newsflash: kysriums are not cheap.
Never said they were. Re-read the original post.

As for your buddy, that just plain sucks.
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Old 05-05-08, 12:22 PM
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I guess you got your shoes dried out and had to find something else to whine about.

I'll just assume you were bored and were just trying to start a thread that would be mildly entertaining. You did OK.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
Never said they were. Re-read the original post.

As for your buddy, that just plain sucks.
gotcha.
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This seems like an appropriate time to plug ES's book once again, as well as keep things on topic:

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http://www.velogear.com/prodinfo.asp?number=VP+ROAD

Here's a short excerpt from "Roadie". This is a true story that I'm guessing you can relate to. If you have a similar story, let's hear it!

"After a long and very hard solo training ride at an area park, a friend, George, peeled himself off his bike and leaned it against the back of his car. He slumped in the driver’s seat and slowly changed out of his cycling shoes and into something better suited to driving a car. He was completely wiped out after spending three hours hammering around the park.

When he was done changing his clothes, he started the car, pulled away straight through the parking space, and drove the 28 miles to his house. He then went inside and fixed himself something to eat. About an hour later, he went outside to feed his dog, and he saw his bike leaning against the side of his house.

“That’s weird,” he thought, “I don’t remember putting my bike there.”

Indeed, he hadn’t put his bike there. In his post-ride funk, he had left his $4500 bike lying in the parking lot at the park. After his ride, he had leaned the bike against the back of his car while he sat in the driver’s seat to change his shoes. He forgot all about it, started the car, and drove off without it.

Quite some time after George had left the park, another friend, Dave, noticed the bike lying there in the middle of the parking lot and recognized it as George’s. Dave gathered it up and drove twenty miles out of his way to deliver it to George’s house. Then, not wanting to disturb George, he just leaned it against the house and left without making his presence known. Needless to say, George eventually came outside, saw his bike, and went through a period of great confusion as he tried to piece together the events. It wasn't until many weeks later that he got the full story from Dave.

This, I remind you, is a true story, and it shows a number of things about the cycling community. First, it shows that Roadies can identify each other simply by the bike. It also shows that Roadies will go out of their way to reunite a rider with their bike. Most importantly, this shows us that a rider can put himself into such debt that he can lose some brain cells.

Ask any Roadie. They probably have a similar story."
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Usually if I just show up back at home with my kid I consider it a job well done.
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^^Gary makes a good point. I have been exhausted enough in the parenting business that I really have to remind myself sometimes to make sure the kids are buckled (or unbuckled).

I have also managed to forget my shoes. I frequently forget my gloves. I also commute to work, carrying my clothes with me. Let's just say that on more than one occasion, I have had to go commando. Anytime I get out of my routine, (say my wife moves my keys or phone from their usual location), I am pretty much screwed.
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Old 05-05-08, 12:46 PM
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Anytime I get out of my routine, (say my wife moves my keys or phone from their usual location), I am pretty much screwed.
Yea, basically. I don't know what I would do without checklists for race day, commuting, etc.
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This is because you are young. When you're my age and I am dead, let me know if you've reconsidered.

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you get worked up over the weirdest stuff.

i always read these as a non accusing "did someone steal my wheelset?" post.
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Perhaps they were just so giddy from finishing 38th in C5 that they just had to get home to tell the wife and forgot their wheels?
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Perhaps they were just so giddy from finishing 38th in C5 that they just had to get home to tell the wife and forgot their wheels?
did you get your wheels back yet?
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i always read these as a non accusing "did someone steal my wheelset?" post.
same, but one of the ones just tripped something in my head.
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This is because you are young. When you're my age and I am dead, let me know if you've reconsidered.

If we're going that route, I'll raise you a:

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