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Old 10-19-15, 01:41 AM
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Commuting Disaster

Last Friday I came to get changed for the ride home, only to find that I must have left the cap on my shower gel open. The entire bottle had emptied all over my shorts - mostly into the chamois.

I tried in vein to wash the shower gel out in the sink, but this just made tons of bubbles. The more water I added, the worse it got.
So I cycled home with wet, slimy bubbly derriere

Shower gel is now kept inside its own plastic bag at all times!

What's your worst commuting disaster?
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Old 10-19-15, 05:34 AM
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Having my bike stolen.
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I've had shampoo come open much like your gel. I keep things like that in a ziplock now as I figure it will happen again.
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As far as disasters go, that's not really much of a disaster. If we were to rate it on a scale of 0-10, where 10 is the worst disaster short of death, then I'd rate yours a 1.5. Stolen bike 6. You don't get more than a 7 unless you crash.

Personally I've been lucky as I've only had a broken chain (4), and numerous flat tires (3). All subjective, of course.
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Old 10-19-15, 06:22 AM
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From backpacking (and travelling) one quickly learns to get stuff with good screw tops rather than various quick tops. And double bagging helps.

I also made up a rule for boating. No liquids inside of the dry bag. I don't remember a specific incident, but I think there may have been a reason for that rule
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Old 10-19-15, 06:36 AM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I also made up a rule for boating. No liquids inside of the dry bag. I don't remember a specific incident, but I think there may have been a reason for that rule
Well, it is a dry bag...
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Ok, bad choice of language on my part with "disaster". Squidgy though my cycle home was, I at least did still have something to cycle on.

In my mind I was thinking more of mishaps - more light hearted. So let me rephrase: Have you had a cycling mishap that you can look back and laugh at?

My soapy chamios certainly got a few giggles.
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Old 10-19-15, 07:17 AM
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Disaster: Accident resulting in a hospital stay or worse.

Inconvenience: a wet ass.

My worst disaster was snapping off the head of my femur when I took a tumble and could not get my foot out of the clipless pedal. My thigh landed directly on a train rail. Broke that puppy clean off and into three pieces. Doc said it was a miracle that it healed without needed a complete replacement.

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Old 10-19-15, 07:48 AM
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Nothing too bad for me during the last 1.5 years of commuting. Numerous flat tires, a couple of broken shifter cables, a few broken spokes, and probably the worst was when my quill-style bike stem snapped off. Luckily I was stopped.
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Old 10-19-15, 07:55 AM
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Sounds unpleasant; I leave my showering stuff at work. Worst thing that happened to me was dropping my chain over my cassette and it got wedged between the cassette and spoke protector. Couldn't get it out. Ended my ride that day, had to call for a friend at the office to pick me up and catch a ride home. It was so stuck I had to take the cassette off to get the chain unstuck. Greasy, grimy hands all day.
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Old 10-19-15, 10:13 AM
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In 4 years of riding year round I have not had much in the way of disasters... a few ... inconveniences..
*forgetting my work shoes and having to go to a meeting in ratty bike shoes
*6 flats in one week during Carnival (I don't understand why Germans love to break bottles on the street)
*forgotten rain gear and heavy rain
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Old 10-19-15, 10:52 AM
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OP, just leave all your wash up stuff at the office, no reason to keep biking it back and forth.
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Old 10-19-15, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by nightshade18 View Post
Last Friday I came to get changed for the ride home, only to find that I must have left the cap on my shower gel open. The entire bottle had emptied all over my shorts - mostly into the chamois.
Couldn't you have ridden home in the clothes that you wore while at work that day and avoid this "disaster"?
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I'd had some inconveniences and annoyances but fortunately no disasters.
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Originally Posted by nightshade18 View Post
What's your worst commuting disaster?
Not "real" disaters, but still annoying:

- Three flats in a row using up my two spare tubes. Had to call the wife to bring the sag wagon. First was from a tiny sharp stone in the tire, second was from not removing the sharp stone, and third was letting the rear tire wear down to the casing in some parts. It developed a hop and then flatted again. Will never let a tire wear down that far again.
- Broken front spoke. Released the caliper as far as it would go but the wheel still rubbed (only had 24 spokes). Rode about ~18 miles home like that. But would rather have some front brake than no brake at all (by loosening the cable clamp). Will prevent this by buying a cheap set of wheels with 32 hole hubs (front and back).
- Broken chain in morning with a few miles still to go around 162nd St Manhattan. No LBS open and had to flag down a cab to get to work. Got it replaced at LBS uptown during lunch. Maybe should carry a chaintool in my bag?

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So far, just bruises from a fall on the way to work. Missed the MUP making a right turn and rolled onto grass, tried to roll from the grass onto the MUP - didn't realize the MUP was a couple of inches higher than the grassy ground. Took off a good chunk of skin off a knee, plus road rash on both leg and elbow.

Hopefully the luck holds up - I'm doing well as long as that's the worst I'll face in a while.
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The worst that's ever happened to me has been something that makes me turn around and go back home. One time it was a spate of flat tires. The tube was too small for the tire and was getting irritated by the rim strip.... After I used up my whole patch kit, I walked home. Another time a got a stick in my front spokes/fender, went over the handlebar, rode home with torn pants and a bleeding knee. Not a disaster, but I didn't enjoy it. Another minor crash, also with torn pants and bleeding knee, sent me home a couple months ago. If that's the worst I've experienced in 15+ years of bike commuting, I think I'm doing pretty well.
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Had to fart on my way to work. The problem was it wasn't merely gas.. Wound up having to wash my shorts while at work and they weren't dry by quitting time..
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
OP, just leave all your wash up stuff at the office, no reason to keep biking it back and forth.
I do leave all my wash stuff at work, it's just after a shower it goes into a bag along with my kit to be hung up in the drying room.
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My worst to date was a MTB wreck with significant road rash and bruising. I borrowed my boss's truck to go buy more bandages.
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Almost dying and losing my leg. Luckily neither happened. Yay first responders and vascular surgeons, and many other docs and nurses.

Everything else that has happened to me I don't classify as a disaster.
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it is all about perspective.. Glad you are on the mend @joeyduck

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Almost dying and losing my leg. Luckily neither happened. Yay first responders and vascular surgeons, and many other docs and nurses. Everything else that has happened to me I don't classify as a disaster.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
From backpacking (and travelling) one quickly learns to get stuff with good screw tops rather than various quick tops. And double bagging helps.

I also made up a rule for boating. No liquids inside of the dry bag. I don't remember a specific incident, but I think there may have been a reason for that rule
Kinda commuting (flying to Bahamas so I could sail for a few weeks), but do not carry trail mix with chocolate chips in your one bag that has your clothes in it - in a container that the lids comes off easily - through luggage handling - in warm weather. Just sayin'.
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
Had to fart on my way to work. The problem was it wasn't merely gas.. Wound up having to wash my shorts while at work and they weren't dry by quitting time..
Should have matched you up with the leaky shower gel guy.
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I keep a plastic bag in my desk drawer with deodorant, wash gel and shampoo bottles. They always stay in that bag, and I stick the bag in the OUTSIDE pocket of my duffel bag when I head to the shower.

Probably the worst mishap for me was forgetting to charge my lights at work one day last winter, after my front light's low battery indicator had been blinking on the way in to work that morning. I had to ride home 15 miles with a very dim light, and after about halfway I had to switch to the Daytime Flash mode to help conserve battery power, and rely mostly on the lights from cars. It was very, very bad.
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