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I'm Not Having A Very Good "Bike" Day

Old 07-10-24, 08:06 PM
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I'm Not Having A Very Good "Bike" Day

My Trek 620 has some rubbing going on somewhere on the front wheel. I *thought* it was the brakes rubbing- and I'm pretty sure they were- but it turns out what I'm feeling and hearing seems to be the tire rubbing on the fender. I've been dinking with it for the past few days- and this afternoon I took the wheel off and I was looking for signs of the tire rubbing- either black marks or bright marks on the fender... and I'm not seeing anything. I put the bike in the stand and kind of flip up the front end- I drag it to the middle of the garage so I can get more light. I'm not seeing it- so I decide to go inside. I close the garage behind me and go into the house. A little later I need to go back out to the garage and the garage door doesn't open... WTF, over? I go to the back window of the garage and I see...

MY MOTHER******G BIKE HANGING UP AGAINST THE GARAGE DOOR WITH THE STAND DANGLING OFF IT.

The little handle that disengages the track caught the handlebars, dragged the bike and stand across the garage- and then the weight of that disengaged the garage door- so the opener wouldn't work.

Oh yeah, it also caught my Miyata 1000 and dragged it as well...

So I get the door open, it doesn't look like anything is dented or bent or anything terrible. So I basically stow the bikes and go inside and do some other stuff.

Until later when I decide I'm going to go for a short ride. I grab the Miyata- we get going, we're having a lovely time and then on the way home we come to these goofy oblique train tracks. I always make a huge effort to take them as perpendicular as possible. Because 10 years ago or so my front tire got sucked in and I wiped hard and it threw me into the street. So now I ALWAYS make a big goofy swing. Except today. My tire got sucked right in, I wiped HARD, threw me into the road, bent my brake lever inward and somehow my bell... I didn't see anything as far as real damage- except for the bell. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be pretty sore tomorrow. For whatever it's worth- the outrageously expensive Selle Eyelink mirror took the beating- apparently without a scratch. I'll have to check to see if the rim is bent and go over both bikes when I'm a little less flustered.


Here's the goofy oblique tracks:




For those of you sort of musically inclined- Les Paul's grave is a few hundred meters to the west.











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Old 07-10-24, 08:23 PM
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Ouch! Sounds like it could have been a lot worse tho, on both counts.
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Old 07-10-24, 08:58 PM
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Sorry to hear that. In my town there is a street with (now abandoned)
tracks at a similar angle and dozens of cyclists have fallen there, especially when wet. Luckily no one was seriously injured.
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A series of unfortunate events. I’ve had a fender chew through a tire. Don’t forget to solve that fender problem.
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Oh, sorry to hear that news. Those angled RR tracks are the worst. I hope you aren’t too sore and glad it wasn’t worse.

I have a low garage door and can get into trouble if I’m not careful with position of the bike in stand when opening/closing garage. Coincidentally, I accidentally closed the garage door on a bike yesterday. I rolled a bike out of the way of my workbench. Long story short, I close the door only to have it close halfway and go up again. “Oh, no! That bike I moved!” Fortunately, the door came down on top of the stem and not the top tube, and only left a tiny mark.
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Tracks are tough so I'm glad you're not hurt. I woke up to paramedics at this dreaded intersection in Toronto. All of the black lines are streetcar tracks so you can imagine negotiating them in rush hour traffic. Early morning dew left the tracks damp. X marks the spot where I hit my helmeted head hard and still suffer occasional vertigo 25 years later.





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What a bummer day!
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What BTinNYC said.

Glad to hear you weren't hurt badly, and your bikes all seem OK.
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Time will heal this and you will come out with a story about your garage door making off with your bikes....
Wet tree roots, railroad tracks, or anything you cross at a below 90 degree angle can getcha. I like to go back to my crash site and go through it a couple times afterwards to uplift my spirit/confidence
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Glad you're not hurt too bad and that the bikes are okay. A reminder that things can turn from everythings great to crap in a hurry.
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Thanks everyone!

When you're a kid, you get beat up- rub some dirt on it, sleep it off and you'll be fine.

Nowadays, you get beat up, you go to bed- it's just waiting to jump on you in the morning...


And you're right- I should be happy nothing got particularly wrecked.

FWIW- the most damage that was ever done to one of my bikes- I had some 2x6 boards stowed in the rafters... I guess after years of opening and closing the garage door, one of those fell out of the rafters and onto the top tube of my Columbus framed 1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP. I was literally sick to my stomach when I saw it and then realized I was responsible for it...
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ya that was a bad day. I'm glad you made it through it in ok condition - you and the bikes. Here's to better days coming.
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Oof! Glad you and the bike are OK!

I feel that this type "cascading of events" happens to me at times as well.

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Have you had a chance to check the 620 rubbing situation?
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I hit the "like" button but I don't like what happened to you. It was more of "I thought I was having a bad day, but that dude has got me beat".
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Have you had a chance to check the 620 rubbing situation?
I just got home and have to run some errands... but I'm going to look at things when I get home from that.
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Originally Posted by Reynolds
Sorry to hear that. In my town there is a street with (now abandoned)
tracks at a similar angle and dozens of cyclists have fallen there, especially when wet. Luckily no one was seriously injured.
Let me guess; the city's aware of it, but they don't have the time/money/personnel to fill the tracks with asphalt? They'll probably wait until someone files suit, or all the cyclists gang up on them. Good luck with that.
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Let me guess; the city's aware of it, but they don't have the time/money/personnel to fill the tracks with asphalt? They'll probably wait until someone files suit, or all the cyclists gang up on them. Good luck with that.
Unfortunately, cyclist are the lowest priority for most city governments.... Most beaurecrats see our bikes as mere toys that parents give their kids for Christmas, and we just get in their way, all the time when they are driving to work.....
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unfortunately, cyclist are the lowest priority for most city governments.... Most beaurecrats see our bikes as mere toys that parents give their kids for christmas, and we just get in their way, all the time when they are driving to work.....
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Sounds like you had a day of days. Been there a few times. Makes you question reality and your sanity. Hope you heal well and have a better bike day soon.
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Tracks suck anyway. But whoever laid out that rail and road combination needs to find a new occupation.
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