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so I thought I fixed my bike...then BOOM

Old 08-29-05, 07:25 PM
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Hi guys,

I'm a little deaf as I write this, and I'm not saying that to be joking, my ears really really hurt...this is what happened:

So I'm new to biking, got a Specialized Crossroads, moved to DC, and my warranty/adjustment isn't being honored, so I decided to fix my bike...With your help, I learned that I needed to true my wheel, so the other day I bought a spoke wrench, and worked on the wheel. I never took my rear wheel off before this, so putting the chain on and off was tough. Then I even fixed the brakes...

I haven't used the bike since I trued the wheel, and now I pumped up the wheels to see how it's going. Seemed OK, then I sat on it, changed the gears, and then noticed the chain fell off, so I guess that I didn't put that on correctly. So then, I'm walking out my door and BOOM. I couldn't hear, then I saw that my wheel was flat. The sound was so loud the neighbors opened their doors (this is DC).

So what do I do now? I'm guessing a spoke hit the tube and that's why this happened. I guess I have to take it to a bike shop and hope that they will not rip me off for this. I guess I will at least take my extra tube with me so they can fix my bike...
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Old 08-29-05, 07:49 PM
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Take it to the bike shop if you are tired of bike fixing for now, but I think this is a good opportunity to practice taking off the tire and installingh a new tube. Its a lot easier to do in the comfort of your home than by the side of the road in the rain with passing traffic splashing muck all over you. You also need to look for the cause of the flat - maybe a spoke or possibly the tube was pinched between the tire bead and the rim. Whatever you are doing to fix your bike first print the instructions found in:

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Old 08-29-05, 08:33 PM
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Your neighbors must be transplants too, why would any boom short of a nuke alert anyone? last week, there were 7 .45 castings (an entire clip) on the sidewalk outside my door....did i care? slept right thru it. but then I grew up in NYC.

But about the bike, take it to Citibikes (adams morgan and open til 9 on thursdays), Cap Hill bikes ( SE 8th and g?), the hardware store & bike shop off dupont circle or revolution in geotown for hassle free, worry free assistance.

BTW: chain grease is best removed from your hands w "fast orange" or dish soap. DO NOT WET YOUR HANDS scrub your hands w the dish soap sans water and the grease will lift off, THEN rinse.

PS: your tube is gone, you'll need another spare tube...might as well buy a tube while you are at the shop. Don't diss the guy who may perform some freebee adjustments for you.
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