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Old 04-19-13, 12:03 PM
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The funny bike story thread

Post any funny bike story or funny situations that happened to you. Try to not turn it into a novel.

I'll start. A few years ago i went to this house to buy a Gios Torino super record with full pantographing in mint condition. At the time i was only into road and didn't know much about vintage moutain bikes. After i purchased the bike the owner said he also had a mountain bike for sale. I never cared for vintage mtn bikes, but to be polite i said i'd check it out. The bike said Ritchey and had deore components which is what i remember. He only wanted $60 bucks for it. I ended up passing on it, only to figure out about 3 years later that it was worth quite a bit of coin.



A friend of mine told me a story about when he started getting into vintage bikes. He was the first one to reply to an ad on craigslist that said "Rossin bike". After speaking to the person on the phone he told him that it had no brakes but a full vintage campy pista group on it. He then said "no brakes?!, and you want $300 for it? thanks but i'll pass".


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Those are not funny, they are tragedy.

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I was walking down the alley in my neighborhood and there was guy cleaning out his garage and had an old blue bike leaning up again the garbage can. Me and my Wife love to do trash walks and we commented about the bike. He said it was a nice bike and we were welcome to take it. We carried it off and put it in the basement.

After some research, it turned out to be a 1968 Peugeot PX-10. It was missing a few bits but the frame was in very good shape.
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Old 04-19-13, 12:29 PM
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Mid way through a group ride, we stop at a Central American owned cafe (bodaga) for a quick lunch. On the return, Bryan steps into full race mode...20 miles, none stop....we raced down his driveway and into his garage! Yup....IBS...aka "da poops"
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A couple years ago, I was selling an Araya mixte on craigslist. Townie bars, steel wheels, hi-ten frame, but still a nice enough city bike.

A lady emailed and said she wanted to buy it. She shows up and then tries low-balling me on the price (I had it listed for $100, which seems reasonable for a mixte), saying she just recently bought a mountain bike for her son off craigslist for $50. The kicker is that she said she wanted to use it for a triathlon, and she tried using this reasoning as some sort of additional bargaining chip. I thanked for her time and said I was firm on the price.

The next girl that showed up bought it.
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Some years ago my wife and I were on a 50 mile club ride. Just a leisurely pedal east of Austin. I was a bit ahead and stopped at a gas station to get water and wait for her. She soon came rolling up and I could swear she had grown a third breast! And it was moving. Turned out to be a kitten she rescued on the side of the road. We found someone at the gas station to take it.
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We went riding this past weekend with other BF members. We pedaled about 10 ft and one of the riders (who shall go unnamed for the purpose of this story) had a pedal fall off. No harm was done so it is laugh-at-able.
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I find today's ride funny but you guys might not...

Taken from a conversation with a friend:

I was out riding along and I was hearing strange rub noises from my rear end
(yes I'm going punomatic)
so I stopped for a sec, saw my FD needs to be readjusted a lil bit, it was rubbing in third gear
weird sound still.. but a quieter one, I figured I misalligned my brake caliper, sure enough I had
pop off, reallign pop on
all of a sudden my rear wheel starts locking up, feels like if you don't use washers on a rear axle and it starts to bind the bearings down as you pedal forward
that freaked me the **** out, since we're talking about the tempo
hopped off, saw my rear QR had come undone, closed it back up and rode about another 15' feet
same thing wheel locks up
this time though, I tighten up the QR a turn and press it in
snaps off in my hand!
lucky for me I was a 5 minute walk from my girlfriend's house
was just praying the axle wasn't bent
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I don't have anything as good as the moving kitten breast.

Nice kitties!? ........
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I was kinda disappointed it was a kitten
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When I was reading that kitten story I recall thinking about that scene in total recall.

I was gonna post a pic of what I was taking about but I've already gotten in crap for posting supposedly "inappropriate pics" .
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One day I found this at a yard sale:

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I'm trying to think of a funny story, but I can't.
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Originally Posted by David Newton
I'm trying to think of a funny story, but I can't.
I can't either...just crop dusting with egg farts maybe
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Originally Posted by afilado
Those are not funny, they are tragedy.

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This is true, but I would say its a funny tragedy
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A couple of friends and I founded a run/bike/eat event that , for some reason, we called a biathlon.
That was 27 years ago.

We've varied our life paths since, but suffice it to say, it's all about the side bets.
One year, the deal required yard sale bikes purchased the day before.
I ended up on a GT Timberline.

During that era, the race was produced by local triathletes.
This resulted in course certification, USTA sanctioning, and high entry fees.
A slight irritant, as the race was founded with the assistance of tequila, and was less fun.
Those who know the triathlon culture can relate to this.

Anyway, as an old runner, my legs know how to chug along, sheer memory, I suppose.
This put me in the top 10 after the 5k leg, mountain-bike mounted, 15mph max.

Then, of couse, the (illegal) drafting and subsequent passing began.
As two aero AR-types approached from behind, I heard one comment:
"They shouldn't let these people in this race."

They'd have been better served watching the road, not me.

I lifted my front wheel over the fresh, plump, possum road kill.
This maneuver is impossible when one is illegally drafting and using aero bars.

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Great story Robbie. Instant Karma got your drafters.
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A friend and I were riding along a country road when a small, white dog started to chase us. The owner ignored our requests to call the dog off and just laughed. My friend reached for his water bottle and gave the dog a good blast. An hour or so later we again passed the house on our return. The owner saw us and bombarded us with curses as he vigourously shampooed the dog in an attempt to remove the grape juice stains.
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haha good stories.

i hope that guy had a good serving of payment after that robbie.


a purple dog would be pretty funny to see tmar
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About a year ago there was an ad in the local want ads for an early 80's Colonago...I figured that must be the model with the REALLY narrow saddle.
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For ten days after listing a listing a good quality Schwinn on Craigslist for $185 I got emails offering $80 - $100. I bumped the price to $200 and sold it for the same within two days. Maybe that's ironic instead of funny but it did make me smile.
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