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Old 08-06-03, 07:53 AM   #1
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Bad luck!!

Sunday's bad luck:
I went out for a longer than usual ride. Great weather, warm sun, nice temperature, and low humidity. On my way home (about 5 miles from home) I had a flat. First flat on my Conti Grand Prix 3000s in over 2000 miles.
Anyway, I pulled the tube out of the tire and found the hole. I got out the patch kit (I save the spare for blowouts, multiple puncture flats, etc.) only to find the glue had dried up.
Ok, no problem. I got out the spare tube, put it inside the tire, and mounted the tire on the rim. Started pumping up the tire. After the tire was about 70-80 psi (guessing) POW!!. The tube had a weak spot around the valve stem.
Ok now what. :confused:
I've heard and read that you can tie the tube in a knot at the puncture. Nothing to lose at this point so I gave it a shot. Tied a knot in the original tube, remounted the tire and started pumping. To my amazement it worked. Rode home (a little slower than usual) with no problems. The tire was still firm the next morning.

Monday's bad luck story:
Got up and checked my email messages. One was from the HR manager at a company I interviewed with the previous Friday. It read, "We are sorry to inform you that we have selected another candidate for the position..." :irritated

Tuesday's badluck story:
I did my usual ride out to Stone Mountain. While climbing one of the hills I heard a "plunk" kind of sound and then it was VERY hard to pedal. I stopped and got off the bike and saw that my back rim was way out of true. Hmmm! You guessed it - a broken spoke. I got out the multitool and got the rim somewhat closer to true and headed home - slowly. I made to home ok (~12 miles).

I've heard that bad luck comes in threes. Does this mean I'll start having some good luck? I hope so. I need it.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - Psalm 103:8
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Old 08-06-03, 08:13 AM   #2
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sorry to hear about all that. if you get all the bad luck out of the way now there will be none for a while... right??? I also received an "I'm sorry but at this time we cannot make you an offer..." email for a job. I know how it feels, i would say go out and ride to clear your head... but i would feel bad if you bike just fell to pieces because of it. You might want to check over your bike, just in case there is actually anything lose, because you never know.

i hope the rest of your weeks are better!
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Sorry to hear Ron I know all about hearing that Plunk I finally got new rims becuase I was busting spokes every other ride. And just this past Sunday I had my first flat, I'm new to biking, I was prepared I thought had a spare tube so I went to change it, it had a hole in it and I wasn't prepared enough to have a patch kit so I figured I was screwed all my friends were out of town so I started the long walk back home... in the cold rain I was pretty pist thinking the day was just going to get worse. But about a half mile into my journey home a cute girl pulled over and asked if I wanted a ride, she was cute and I was desprate so I jumped in, and now were hanging out all the time it's weird how things work out in the end. Hope your bad luck turns around like mine did.
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Old 08-06-03, 10:44 AM   #4
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I'm sure if you hang in there, you'll find a satisfactory situation.

I still haven't been able to get free Saturday mornings to head over to the Rock and see if I can spot you. If I had, at least there would have been someone else around to complain with.

Keep On Riding
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Old 08-07-03, 03:56 PM   #5
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My bike breaks all the time... its not the most reliable bike in the world which is why im buying a new one.. i have a shogun gatecrasher1 but im hoping to get a dawes Tamarak DX
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