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Old 09-30-03, 06:26 AM   #1
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Broken Spoke

I had a new experience yesterday. I had to replace a broken spoke on my wife's bike. I had actually put about 1500 miles on the wheel so it was really my wheel. As you could expect, it was freewheel side.

I am not a little guy and there are some pretty good hills around here, so you can imagine that the freewheel was torqued down pretty tight. I was surprised at the amount of force it took to break it loose. I didn't expect to have to use a 2 foot extension on the freewheel remover. I had to use the first law of Puerto Rican mechanics, "If it doesn't move, get a bigger hammer!" Figuratively speaking, anyway. And the price was right, 85 cents for a new spoke.

But all is well, the wheel trued up nicely, and it gave me the excuse to regrease the rear wheel.

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I had to take my rear wheel to a mechanic and ask him to use the bigger hammer. This was after I had bent one (admittedly el cheapo) chain whip pretty well with no other visible results. This mechanic had a homemade chain whip based on a huge adjustable wrench. He got the freewheel loose with one good turn. Why, oh why aren't hypercrackers sold anymore?

To err is human. To moo is bovine.

Who is this General Failure anyway, and why is he reading my drive?

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