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Old 09-06-11, 07:03 PM
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I stuck a 5mm allen key through the hole of a Royal Gran Compe 400 lever and cursed the handle bar bolt for being stuck.

Left just enough of a mark to remind me that I'm an idiot.


Silver version of these levers, take a 4mm allen key.

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Old 09-06-11, 07:06 PM
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Umm... Soaked a perfectly good (but very dirty) alloy headset in that nasty purple cleaner/degreaser, totally etched all of it..... The worst part was that I had promised the headset to another forum member, lucky for me he was very forgiving

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Old 09-06-11, 07:10 PM
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Took too much material out of the lugs on what I believe is a Rickert frame, when trying to replace the seat tube. Tube has been replaced, but the shorelines don't look good.

Pretty sure the seat stays or chainstays were replaced on it at one time or another though - no great loss.

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Old 09-06-11, 09:15 PM
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Trimmed the rear brake cable housing with the cable in it.

Don't tell me I'm alone in this.
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Old 09-06-11, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by sykerocker View Post
Of course, that was assuming you can get an instrument cluster for a Cagiva anything. I was parts manager for Ducati Richmond a decade ago, and had enough trouble coming up with replacement bits for my (then) 11 year old 906 Paso. Cagiva? I'd just laugh, and then commiserate with the customer.
After about 3 years I found a shop that stocked most parts I needed...It was located in England.
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Old 09-06-11, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Trimmed the rear brake cable housing with the cable in it.

Don't tell me I'm alone in this.

u are alone for now...lol... i usually remember to back the cable out..... so far...
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Old 09-06-11, 11:10 PM
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Snapped several plastic tire levers in half while attempting to install, then remove, too-small tires on Schwinn rims. Tires which I myself bought online, and which I knew were not the proprietary Schwinn-sized tires, yet tried to make them fit anyway. What's seven millimeters? Enough, apparently.
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Old 09-06-11, 11:39 PM
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A number of years ago, went to pull the Campy NR crankset... forgot to remove the bolt on the non-drive side first. Thought it odd that aluminum shavings were coming up as I screwed the extractor bolt down

Didn't strip all the threads and it is still usable, just a constant reminder to think a bit before acting.
I just did this the other day on the same make of crankset. I thought the amount of force I was using to extract was odd only to remember that I forgot to take out the bolt.
It looks like this is a common bonehead move. Now i'll be sure to double-check the crank bolts when removing.

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Old 09-06-11, 11:43 PM
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on my first ever c and v bike (a uo-8!) I couldn't get the cotters out so I took an angle grinder to the spindle. the debris coming off the wheel put quite the hole in one of the stays.
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Old 09-06-11, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Trimmed the rear brake cable housing with the cable in it.

Don't tell me I'm alone in this.

Lol, that would be frustrating. that sounds like a mistake I would make.
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Old 09-06-11, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Most of my blunders have been bikes I bought that I should not have bought. The last one was a Trek 510. Sure, I inspected it carefully, and the seat post was stuck. But I was ten for ten at freeing up stuck posts!! No problem!! Well, now I am ten out of eleven.....

I've bought and sold enough bikes that buying mistakes are par for the course. My goal is to reduce my number of mistakes. I figure if I not make any mistakes, then I am not taking enough chances on deals, so I miss out.
My recent Bianchi Strada purchase yielded a broken brake lever and shot freewheel. I probably should have test rode it but the price was so good.
And 10 for 11 is a good record. Care to share some wisdom to help get my campy post out? It currently turns slowly and with great force.

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Old 09-06-11, 11:58 PM
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It was the end of winter quarter and I needed my dying gas pipe bike to get to just one last final. I just finished replacing the second replacement front wheel after the first was stolen and its replacement bent in an accident with a mountain bike when my rear brake cable snaps. Being a lazy college student, I decided the best thing to do was to Scotch tape the snapped cable. It held up as well as you can imagine, but fortunately it was 9 in the morning so I didn't have much to crash into.

Should've tried duct tape...
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Old 09-07-11, 02:48 AM
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I once bought a slightly rusty Firenze.

But maybe worse. I was slowly riding my Raleigh Record and decided I wanted to slow down a bit by dragging my foot on the front tire. That was the first mistake. Somehow I ended up losing my grip on the handlebars and fell but successfully jumped over the bike and landing feet-first without killing myself. However I bent the front rim and the drop handlebars with my body weight while stepping on the bike. I think. It was all a blur. A stupid, stupid blur.
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Old 09-07-11, 03:03 AM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Trimmed the rear brake cable housing with the cable in it.

Don't tell me I'm alone in this.
'Fraid not. I've only done it once though
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Old 09-07-11, 04:05 AM
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Dumbest move: getting involved with French vintage bikes.

Paradixically, this may also have been the most rewarding. Go figure.

I do this for (not much of) a living, so I'm guilty of everything mentioned so far. Except the crank fixing bolt thing, oddly. I think it's that I know I'm going to have a hard enough time without trying to pull the spider over the bolt head.
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Old 09-07-11, 06:23 AM
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I cut the spokes out of a damaged wheel to save the hub, only to notice that the FW was still installed. I remember hearing about someone else having done this same move, and thinking "yeah, I'll never do that". I did manage to partially build the wheel back up again to get the FW off.
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Old 09-07-11, 06:49 AM
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Yesterday I decided to swap inner chainrings from one 600 crankset to another, then logically decided to just swap cranksets. Swap went perfectly until I removed the pedal from the drive side crankarm after it was removed, I now will have two scars from the outer chainring on my left middle finger to remind me what the correct pitch is. I'm not sure how I cut myself as nothing unexpected happened, lack of attention I suppose.

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Old 09-07-11, 07:24 AM
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The front wheel on a Raleigh Limited was stuck on because the forks were too close together so I put the wheel between my feet and pulled real hard. Darn if I shouldn't have gotten my face out of the way of the handlebar. Ended up with small chip in my tooth. I still can not look at 3 speed without running my tongue over the chip.
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Old 09-07-11, 07:33 AM
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Traded for a beautiful set of wheels (tubulars) and tires. Previous owner "just couldn't get them to work."
Hope Tech hubs laced to Ambrosio Crono rims, unmounted Tufo tires, Campy 8-sp for my Italian all-Chorus setup. I bought the Tufo tape and carefully mounted the tires, with the usual "centering" issues.

A couple of rides, and I was a little disappointed in the lack of "precision" and a little drift of the front tire off-center. I mean, really, these were pretty high-end hubs and wheels, custom made.

After two re-mounts, I remained bummed. The wheels were so light, the hubs so smooth, something had to be wrong.

I headed to see Norm, who used to build wheels for Sheldon.

He didn't laugh, at least in my face. The tires were tubular clinchers.
It's amazing they even stayed on the rims (on a century ride), and a tribute to the tape's grip.


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Old 09-07-11, 07:55 AM
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Got married and bought her an old Peugeot mixte to fix up.

Pick one.
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This could be a long list, but fortunately I am able to forget about these little incidents and get on with my life. Still, a couple items stick in my mind....

To remove Suntour bar end shifters, you put the 6 mm allen wrench in the bolt and turn clockwise, as if to tighten it. If you turn it the other way, you will actually tighten it, until it breaks. I knew this back in the early 80's, but by 2008 I had managed to forget it long enough to break one.

I tore a Brooks Professional saddle by tightening the tension nut. The tear developed several years after I messed with the tension nut, but I'm sure of the causal relationship.
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Old 09-07-11, 08:45 AM
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on the tightening side of things...
- tightened a Sugino seatpost binder bolt too much and it snapped.
- tightened a Campy seatpost binder bolt too much and it snapped.
- tightened a sealed BB plastic cup (didn't know that was the wrong side to do it on...) too much and it snapped.
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Old 09-07-11, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by dashuaigeh View Post
on the tightening side of things...
- tightened a Sugino seatpost binder bolt too much and it snapped.
- tightened a Campy seatpost binder bolt too much and it snapped.
- tightened a sealed BB plastic cup (didn't know that was the wrong side to do it on...) too much and it snapped.
Don't ever blame yourself for snapping a Campagnolo binder; they're junk. I even heard someone say this at the LBS before I could say it myself.

On the other hand, Sugino binders are never supposed to break. Bad mechanic, bad!

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Don't ever blame yourself for snapping a Campagnolo binder; they're junk. I even heard someone say this at the LBS before I could say it myself.
That's the most expensive "junk" I've ever heard of.
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Old 09-07-11, 10:35 AM
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was testing the rd on a bike without installing the brakes first, thought it would be a good idea to stop the rapidly moving rear tire with my hand, ouch.
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