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Old 12-02-10, 10:40 AM
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Note to self...

... don't carry keys in your jersey pockets.

I crashed on the way home Tuesday on my single-speed. I was accelerating out of the saddle after a stop, going perhaps 10-15mph when the chain decided to hop off the rear cog or the chainring. I was toast. I didn't hit anything other than the pavement. Or so I thought.

I got the chain back on and limped home. When I pulled my keys from my pocket to open the door I noticed that the plastic fob on my Kryptonite key was broken. "Man, I guess I landed on my keys pretty hard." Yesterday (sick day because I was so sore) I scrounged around in our box of keys for the spare, found it and went to put it on my key ring. That's when I noticed that the ring was no longer round. That also explains why my left hip hurts so much. I was carrying my keys in my leftmost jersey pocket. Probably landed on it just so.



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Old 12-02-10, 10:55 AM
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Note to self...

Keep a well maintained drivetrain.

Glad you are fine.
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Old 12-02-10, 11:16 AM
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note to self: don't ride a single-speed.

only joking. glad you didn't get run over in the process!
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Old 12-02-10, 12:00 PM
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I keep my keys on an I-hook with the thumb retractable latch. I hook it to my brake cable in front of my handle bars. It's easily accessible when I park and easily latched when I depart. In 18 months of riding with it that way, I haven't lost it yet - even when that car hit me last June, or the time I went down on the wooden MUP bridge (slippery when wet!).
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Old 12-02-10, 12:09 PM
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Here's to a full and speedy recovery!
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Old 12-02-10, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by pharasz View Post
I keep my keys on an I-hook with the thumb retractable latch. I hook it to my brake cable in front of my handle bars. It's easily accessible when I park and easily latched when I depart. In 18 months of riding with it that way, I haven't lost it yet - even when that car hit me last June, or the time I went down on the wooden MUP bridge (slippery when wet!).
Does that jingle a ton?

Occasionally, if I know I'm going to be doing a ton of running around and locking up a lot, I'll clip my keys to my backpack strap (Chrome backback) and do the U-lock in the back pocket fakenger thing, but hey, it's convenient. Otherwise, keys go in the lock pocket with the lock in my backpack/saddlebag, since I can't use one without the other, and I can't go inside anywhere without locking up for the most part.

If I'm out for a road training ride, the key to my house or car goes in a jersey pocket. I don't carry my other keys because I'm probably lock-less and out for the sole purpose of riding my bike to/from the same place.
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I always have 3 to 4 keys attached to the straps of my panniers with carabiners. One is for my bike locker, one is for a small padlock I always have with a light cable for when I am running errands, one is for a heavier cable lock and a ulock for locking up one of my bikes at the train station, the 4th is for the fob that I use to get into my office.

I try to attach these keys directly to the biners without using the key ring things. I consider the rings to be the weak link. I have even drilled out the holes at the top of some of the keys to accomodate the biners. I rarely carry keys directly on my person.
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Old 12-06-10, 05:39 AM
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Keep a well maintained drivetrain.
Just had a tuneup a month ago. How tight should the chain be on a single-speed?

don't ride a single-speed.
I know you were just kidding, but I was thinking about that. It seems that on a bike with a derailleur, not only would there be more cogs for the chain to hop onto, but the tension of the spring in the idler would keep things snugged up.

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Old 12-06-10, 06:33 AM
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no keys for me, I just use the wireless keyless entry on side of my garage
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I'm glad that you weren't seriously injured. I can't imagine riding singlespeed, there is no flat and level around here.
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Hope you are back in the saddle by now and that you weren't hurt bad. No keys here. I have a garage door opener in my banjo brothers bar top bag.

Ride safe,

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Originally Posted by pharasz View Post
the time I went down on the wooden MUP bridge (slippery when wet!).
Tell me about it. Ask me about how I learned that, when riding over a slimy, slippery, leaf-covered wooden bridge, that if you must brake, only apply the rear one.
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Old 12-07-10, 03:13 PM
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I keep my keys in my trunk bags. When I go running, that's a different story.
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Old 12-08-10, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by FKMTB07 View Post
Does that jingle a ton?
I only have two keys on the ring: car key and U-lock key, and they both have plastic heads so they don't jingle at all.
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Old 12-08-10, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
Just had a tuneup a month ago. How tight should the chain be on a single-speed?
tight but loose enough so the chain doesn't bind.


I know you were just kidding, but I was thinking about that. It seems that on a bike with a derailleur, not only would there be more cogs for the chain to hop onto, but the tension of the spring in the idler would keep things snugged up.
There are chain tensioners available. I think most require derailer hangers to mount them. You can also buy emergency derailer hangers but I dont know anything about those.

just learn to tension the chain correctly.
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