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Did My Good Deed for the Day

Old 02-07-21, 11:26 PM
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Did My Good Deed for the Day

I stopped at a park today to refill my bottles. I did pull out an allen wrench to turn my saddle tilt down a hair. Only a 16th of a turn, not even if I should but just to see if it would be even better.

As I am about to put the wrenches away, some dude rides up with a bloody leg and asks if I have a big tool he might use. Uhhh, OK, what do you mean by that?

He says he wants to pry his front derailleur back into place. He had just crashed on his new bike, just bought it yesterday. He wanted a large screwdriver type tool to pry it back into place thinking it was bent and twisted from the crash. He started trying to bend it back into place by hand. Sorry man, all I have is the larger allen wrench but it's not that big. He says he can't even spin the cranks as the thing is so crooked. He continues to try to bend it by hand. So curious, I ask if I can look at it. I look and the pins, cage, structure actually looks square, nothing bent so I tell him it looks good, let me try something. He says sure as he is wanting to get it good enough so that he can ride down to a bike shop about 2 miles away to see if they can help him.

So I loosen the clamp, turn the derailleur cage perpendicular to the chain. Looks good to me, I tighten it and test it pedaling by hand and shifting while he holds it like a bike stand. Everything looked good on the structure so I figured it just got turned as he hit the ground.

Tested it and he was amazed. I asked him if he had any experience with bikes or was he a newbie. He said he had been riding for 10 years but wasn't mechanically inclined at all so he knew nothing about the mechanics.

Actually an easy fix but I think the guy was so shook up crashing his new bike that he could not think rationally while thinking the worst case. I was like a third party guy I guess, easy to look in from the outside. Though it was an easy fix, he was amazed and so happy. He got on it to test it and was so happy it was like new ha ha ha! He got on, spinning the pedals around a few times, shifting and riding circles smiling. Then he just rode off while saying thanks, I don't know how to thank you!

Nice turning a frown into a smile when you can. Especially when it's that easy. Guy said it was like new and he didn't need to hit the shop. Sure saved him a few bucks too as he was worried about how he would get home with this chain like it was.

Then the rest of my ride was so comfortable and smooth. Maybe the cycling mechanic gods were smiling down on me ha ha ha!
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Old 02-08-21, 07:18 AM
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Excellent. Good job.
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I was like a third party guy I guess, easy to look in from the outside.
Amazing how often it is the viewpoint of the unattached observer that spots the solution to the problem clear as day. I have been on both sides of that equation a few times.
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Awesome!
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Good work, sir!
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that rider is lucky.

10 years of riding & never picked up any tools & skills over that time to make certain fixes? Wow.
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My good deed occurred while resting at the end of my ride a guy nearby pulled an almost brand new S-Works gravel bike out of the back of his minivan. After futzing around for 5-10 minutes he came over and asked for help airing up his tires. He, of course, had a brand new pump he got with the bike, but had no idea how to deal with the presta valve. Had him educated and aired up in no time.
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My good deed occurred while resting at the end of my ride a guy nearby pulled an almost brand new S-Works gravel bike out of the back of his minivan. After futzing around for 5-10 minutes he came over and asked for help airing up his tires. He, of course, had a brand new pump he got with the bike, but had no idea how to deal with the presta valve. Had him educated and aired up in no time.
"And presto! You're aired up!"
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My good deed occurred while resting at the end of my ride a guy nearby pulled an almost brand new S-Works gravel bike out of the back of his minivan. After futzing around for 5-10 minutes he came over and asked for help airing up his tires. He, of course, had a brand new pump he got with the bike, but had no idea how to deal with the presta valve. Had him educated and aired up in no time.

Sure hope you told him about aluminum colored caps. This is a true statement: One of my ride partners got brand new carbon fiber rims, deep and light. He installed them on his bike, I installed the blue caps on my blue bike. We rode together this weekend. I got faster and he didn't.


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Thought the story was going to turn out differently when it started with the guy asking if you had a big tool.
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Old 02-08-21, 10:11 PM
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Thought the story was going to turn out differently when it started with the guy asking if you had a big tool.

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Thought the story was going to turn out differently when it started with the guy asking if you had a big tool.
Like your sense of humor!!
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Good job on helping the person out! I would say about 50-60% of the time when I stop to stretch or just have a drink from my water bottle a cyclist going by will ask if everything is OK. THIS is what cycling is about. Joe
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As I am about to put the wrenches away, some dude rides up with a bloody leg and asks if I have a big tool he might use. Uhhh, OK, what do you mean by that?
"Were you happy to see me?"

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When I see someone stopped, I always ask if they need help.
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Nice to read stories like this. Good job!
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