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Old 08-28-12, 03:39 PM
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Driving my car today and came across two strangers wearing "kits" fixing a flat tire on one of their road bikes. I pulled up close - said "Hey, you guys need any help?" One politely told me that they didn't. I said "But you don't understand - I have a floor pump with presta right here in my car". 20 minutes later, two new friends.
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Old 08-28-12, 03:53 PM
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That was very nice, good job.
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Hope those guys "pay it forward". Kudos. Maybe I should just keep my floor pump in my vehicle so I might be able to do same for fellow riders

Kudos TractorLegs!
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I did something similar once, a father with is young son were stuck with a flat on the kid's bike and no tools, I was on my bike with all you need so I was able to patch the tube for them and I also made 2 friends. It's fun for the one who's been helped but I can tell you that seeing the smile on that kid's face was very very rewarding.
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
I did something similar once, a father with is young son were stuck with a flat on the kid's bike and no tools, I was on my bike with all you need so I was able to patch the tube for them and I also made 2 friends. It's fun for the one who's been helped but I can tell you that seeing the smile on that kid's face was very very rewarding.
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I've given a ride to a fellow biker that had a flat about 3 miles from anywhere that might be able to call for help (this was back before everyone had a cell phone out of the womb....). She was surprised that 1) anyone would stop to help, and 2) that anyone who might, would have room to throw the bike in the back. I wound up giving her a ride back to her home, since I didn't carry a bike patch kit in my truck.

I used to ride that stretch of road a lot, but just happened to be driving that day to work.
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Old 08-29-12, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
I did something similar once, a father with is young son were stuck with a flat on the kid's bike and no tools, I was on my bike with all you need so I was able to patch the tube for them and I also made 2 friends. It's fun for the one who's been helped but I can tell you that seeing the smile on that kid's face was very very rewarding.
I've done the same thing for father & daughter whose chain (the daughters) fell off and got stuck. As well as I'm always stopping to offer to help a fellow cyclist I see either stopped on the side of the road or pushing their bike.

To that end I carry a frame pump, CO2, patches and extra tubes. As well as a pair of latex exam gloves, tire levers, and a multi-tool. The frame pump does both presta and schrader valve.
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Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
20 minutes later, two new friends.
They're not your friends. They're just using you for your blow.
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I've stopped when I saw someone pushing his bike up a steep hill, and gave him a ride to the top, a mile down the road.
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great job!

I too also like to stop and help when needed but I should keep a stash of stuff in my car to help others. Love the idea of the pump, patches, pumps, and co2.
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20 minutes later, two new friends.
20 minutes to change a flat?
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20 minutes to change a flat?
20 minutes of conversation. Did not time the puncture repair.
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Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
I've given a ride to a fellow biker that had a flat about 3 miles from anywhere that might be able to call for help (this was back before everyone had a cell phone out of the womb....). She was surprised that 1) anyone would stop to help, and 2) that anyone who might, would have room to throw the bike in the back. I wound up giving her a ride back to her home, since I didn't carry a bike patch kit in my truck.

I used to ride that stretch of road a lot, but just happened to be driving that day to work.
Good job! I did notice it was a "her"
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I saw a bike today that had a full size floor pump bungee corded to the top tube. The pump hose was hanging down and flopping around. ********************????
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20 minutes to change a flat?
My slowest flat fix was nearly an hour. Winter night with thick fog and temps below freezing, no lights except my headlamp. Trying to work a stiff tire bead back over the rim with numb fingers was no fun at all.

Like many here, I've stopped to help newbie cyclists with flat tires and thrown chains. My strangest rescue while out on a bike ride was a radio controlled kit plane that was caught about 30 feet up in an alder tree; stopped to help the group of teenagers and adults who were hopelessly gawking up at it. Years ago, any of the kids would have been up that tree without a second thought, but I guess kids don't climb trees anymore. I had it down in a few minutes.

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My slowest flat fix was nearly an hour. Winter night with thick fog and temps below freezing, no lights except my headlamp. Trying to work a stiff tire bead back over the rim with numb fingers was no fun at all.

Like many here, I've stopped to help newbie cyclists with flat tires and thrown chains. My strangest rescue while out on a bike ride was a radio controlled kit plane that was caught about 30 feet up in an alder tree; stopped to help the group of teenagers and adults who were hopelessly gawking up at it. Years ago, any of the kids would have been up that tree without a second thought, but I guess kids don't climb trees anymore. I had it down in a few minutes.
Lol, your right! I haven't seen a kid in a tree in 30 years. When I was a kid we lived for climbing trees and riding our bikes EVERYWHERE without helmets or cell phones so our parents never knew where we were. How in the world did we all survive??
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Lol, your right! I haven't seen a kid in a tree in 30 years. When I was a kid we lived for climbing trees and riding our bikes EVERYWHERE without helmets or cell phones so our parents never knew where we were. How in the world did we all survive??
Are you sure we ​did survive?
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My slowest flat fix was nearly an hour. Winter night with thick fog and temps below freezing, no lights except my headlamp. Trying to work a stiff tire bead back over the rim with numb fingers was no fun at all.

Like many here, I've stopped to help newbie cyclists with flat tires and thrown chains. My strangest rescue while out on a bike ride was a radio controlled kit plane that was caught about 30 feet up in an alder tree; stopped to help the group of teenagers and adults who were hopelessly gawking up at it. Years ago, any of the kids would have been up that tree without a second thought, but I guess kids don't climb trees anymore. I had it down in a few minutes.

I was just jk about the 20 minutes. Funny - my two girls (12 and 13.5) climb trees all the time....have been doing it since they could put their arms up in the air to show they wanted me to lift them up
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I was just jk about the 20 minutes. Funny - my two girls (12 and 13.5) climb trees all the time....have been doing it since they could put their arms up in the air to show they wanted me to lift them up
It's funny: My kids climb trees, too. But I can't tell you how many neighbors have complained when they've climbed trees on 'common' areas, and how many parks in our area have 'no climbing trees' signs.
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