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Most common roadside fix you have done lately..

Old 12-30-20, 09:28 PM
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Most common roadside fix you have done lately..

Over the past few months, I have put on at least three chains for stranded riders. Just wondering what types of repairs everyone else is encountering.
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Old 12-30-20, 09:45 PM
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Fortunately only flats and not that often. I once had a front derailleur cable jump the guide from a poor cable adjustment. I made it home after putting it back through the guide.
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Old 12-30-20, 09:50 PM
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Nothing common lately, or ever.
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After about 25 miles, I needed to adjust my saddle after changing to a new model and size.
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Clarification needed: are you asking about someone's most common roadside fix, or about what roadside fix they have done lately?
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Old 12-30-20, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Clarification needed: are you asking about someone's most common roadside fix, or about what roadside fix they have done lately?
Glad you asked. I am referring to repairs you have done for others. I stop if someone needs help. The chain can be pretty baffling for novices.
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Old 12-31-20, 10:40 AM
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Since converting my two most-ridden bikes to tubeless a couple years ago, I don't even have punctures very often. Maybe one in the past couple years on a different bike. That leaves me with no common roadside repairs.
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When I lived in Peoria IL, it was flats. The city used to use cinders from the power plant to spread on the roads in the winter, and unlike salt the stuff doesn't wash away in the rain. It was commonplace to get a flat in summertime and find the culprit was a razor-sharp piece of cinder that had been there since winter.
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Chain problems are common in your neck of the woods?
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I haven't had to make any roadside repairs lately. *knock on wood*
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Originally Posted by klasse View Post
Glad you asked. I am referring to repairs you have done for others. I stop if someone needs help. The chain can be pretty baffling for novices.
Helped out a stranded roadie who had three flats and was out of patches. Gave him a new patch kit and wished him a better trip home (about 20 miles).
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Since I went to tubeless two years ago I have not had a flat nor have I had to do any other repairs.
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Old 12-31-20, 12:31 PM
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See post #7.
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Four times in the past week I had to stop and help repair or replace threaded head sets.
Luckily for them I happen to be very handy and carry multiple tap and die sets.
Donít get me started on the frustrstions of changing a flat though...
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I haven't stopped for anyone is quite a few years. Most folks seem to travel in 'packs' and stop if someone has an issue (most appear to be flat tires). Personally I had a chain flip off while riding over a rough patch in the road about three months ago (street crew had done a 'quickie' fill job for the weekend until they got back to the site on Monday), but that was easy to put back on.
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Old 12-31-20, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by klasse View Post
Glad you asked. I am referring to repairs you have done for others. I stop if someone needs help. The chain can be pretty baffling for novices.
Oh man, speaking as a novice who has yet to need to do any repairs (I've been lucky so far!), I really hope someone like you is around when I am eventually stranded.
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....when I am eventually stranded.
A related thread could be "What is the farthest you've walked to get home with a broken bike?"
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Old 12-31-20, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Chain problems are common in your neck of the woods?
The 3 chain issues I've remedied recently all involved single speeds. Two were on beach cruisers, yesterday was an e-bike. We are not talking about simple chain slippage here, rather situations where the chain gets moved into a position that makes it difficult (for most people) to get the chain back on track.

I'm no expert mechanic, just have more experience than the average Joe.
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Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post
Four times in the past week I had to stop and help repair or replace threaded head sets.
Luckily for them I happen to be very handy and carry multiple tap and die sets..
You carry taps and dies! Well, they're small, I am lucky I can find mine in my tool chest. I had a screw that kept going in cockeyed last week, Had to clean the threads with a tap, Routine for me and I can't even recall what screw it was on my bike now,

In times of covid, I am loath to approach any stranded riders and I'm sure it's the case for others. Two walks of shame this year, and unlike prior times, no one stops. And if they did, I'd thank them and keep walking.
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Old 12-31-20, 09:34 PM
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Removing my windbreaker that got wound around my rear disk brake was my most recent "stop and fix or else" moment.
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Old 01-01-21, 03:31 PM
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Lately only a bend derailleur with my mountain bike (little stick went in...). However, in the Fall I had three rides with my road bike and each time a flat tire. Quite demotivating but I take mechanical damage over any injuries!
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Changed a tube on my Bianchi road bike which I haven't done in a long time. As I pulled the punctured tube I thought, "damn, this thing is a like a noodle" It was so thin. I've pretty much gone tubeless on my mountain bikes and roadie bikes with fatter tires on all. 23c tires and tubes are really tiny.
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For myself it is the occasional flat tire. But then most of the stops on the trail is for helping some one else with problems. Usually people that ride with not even a patch kit. Strangely enough the tool used the most it seems is the 6" crescent wrench I use fixing things on cheap old bikes.
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Didn't get a lot of riding in 2020, for various reasons. But the most common fixes have been thrown chains, minor derailleur adjustments, and seat adjustment-though I don't consider that a "fix", as it isn't "broken", just takes time to find what works.
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Old 01-03-21, 09:56 AM
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I don't live near many people. I haven't had occasion to stop for a broken rider in a few years.

I did pull over in my car and ask a rider if he needed help, said his wife was on the way.

For personal repairs, I gashed a sidewall less than a mile into a ride. I turned around and the sealant almost got me back with no walking. Other than that, I didn't have a single road/trail side anything all year. A running stroller got a flat once, does that count?

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