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Friendly cyclist in matching kit on nice bike

Old 10-03-16, 06:15 PM
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Friendly cyclist in matching kit on nice bike

On Saturday I was 25 miles into a 50 mile ride when I had a flat. I pulled over and started changing it. Several cyclists rolled by and asked if I needed anything. I told them I was good. Then I tried to blow a little air into the spare tube and saw it had a hole. Sigh. I started trying to figure out cross streets in the neighborhood so I could ask my wife to pick me up, when a guy on a nice bike in matching kit stopped and asked if I needed anything. I told him my spare tube had a hole. He reached not his bag and gave me one. Ride saved!

I don't know how much his bike cost, or what it was made of. I was too focused on my flat to notice.

Also, I've done the same for other cyclists.
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Old 10-03-16, 06:21 PM
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not sure what your point is...
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Old 10-03-16, 06:23 PM
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Did he wave as he left?
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How'd your spare develop a hole? Was it rubbing against tools and stuff?

I always powder mine, roll them up, and put them in ziplock bags before I pack them in my saddlebags. I tell myself that the ziplock bag will help prevent such issues.
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Old 10-03-16, 06:45 PM
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Pics or it didn't happen (to borrow someone's phrase). And more importantly what type of socks was he wearing?
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Old 10-03-16, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by FullGas View Post
not sure what your point is...
How about: wives and girl friends are secondary to the other riders when in need of help on the road.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
How'd your spare develop a hole? Was it rubbing against tools and stuff?

I always powder mine, roll them up, and put them in ziplock bags before I pack them in my saddlebags. I tell myself that the ziplock bag will help prevent such issues.
This and a patch kit just in case.
I always ask if a fellow cyclist is all good when rolling by.
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Old 10-03-16, 06:51 PM
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not sure what your point is...
The point is although the rider was wearing a kit, he wasn't sure what type of bike he was on and therefore can't determine if he was a jerk or not.
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Old 10-03-16, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by FullGas View Post
not sure what your point is...
It's kind of a man bites dog story. Or at least would be to those who believe that kitted cyclists are rude, snobbish, and just don't care about anyone.

Fact is that roadies are kinda like New Yorkers. They seem to be very in to their own lives and uncaring about others, that is until a crisis or when someone needs help. Then they give away what may be one of their best kept secrets.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
How'd your spare develop a hole? Was it rubbing against tools and stuff?

I always powder mine, roll them up, and put them in ziplock bags before I pack them in my saddlebags. I tell myself that the ziplock bag will help prevent such issues.
No idea. It had been in my bag for over a year. There was nothing sharp or abrasive in there with it.

What do you powder it with?
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Old 10-03-16, 07:13 PM
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My bike is crabon fibre. I was more than happy to help you out. Pay it back someday.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Pics or it didn't happen (to borrow someone's phrase). And more importantly what type of socks was he wearing?
socks can be any color you like, as long as they're black.
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Old 10-03-16, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by memebag View Post
What do you powder it with?
Cornstarch baby powder. Of all the options, it makes the tubes smell the fastest.
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The point is although the rider was wearing a kit, he wasn't sure what type of bike he was on and therefore can't determine if he was a jerk or not.
ha, touche
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
How'd your spare develop a hole? Was it rubbing against tools and stuff?

I always powder mine, roll them up, and put them in ziplock bags before I pack them in my saddlebags. I tell myself that the ziplock bag will help prevent such issues.
It works for me. All the other stuff is in bags too.
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My bike is crabon fibre. I was more than happy to help you out. Pay it back someday.
careful that crabon doesn't assplode

I garb all the crabon, but the assplosions are never fun . . . unless you're into that sort of thing
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He was suckering you in. Next time you ride by you will think he's friendly. Therefore you will wave more enthusiastically. This will make his snub more soul crushing and thus more satisfying.
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I hope the tube he gave you isn't crabon. Asplosions are no laughing matter.
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I hope the tube he gave you isn't crabon. Asplosions are no laughing matter.
Oh...

gee...

Thanks, now you spoil it.
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It's always nice when a fellow bicyclist stops to at least check on you when you are broke down.
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A couple of months ago, I picked up a stranded rider stopped on the side of the road. Red, white and black Cervelo. The rider had on black pants/bibs and a red shirt with a single white stripe. He didn't seem very enthused when I offered help. I then carried him about 15 miles to his house. He wasn't very enthused about the ride either. He was definitely on a higher rung in life than I was. I don't think the bike, kit, or higher station in life had anything to do with his lack of enthusiasm. I think he was just upset that he had broken down in the middle of a ride.

Yesterday I was coming back from my office when I passed a rider going the other way that looked to have a mechanical. Big, muscled up defensive end type of rider. He was on a Hybrid struggling to get up a hill. As I passed, he stopped and looked down at his bike. I turned around and headed back to see if he was ok. By the time I got back to him he was back under way. The hill had gotten the best of him. I pulled along side, rolled down the window and asked if he was alright. A huge grin comes across his face and he says, "I'm good!" The happiness showing on his face was priceless! I turned back around and drove off. That's what keeping you stopping and asking if they need help

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Originally Posted by memebag View Post
... a guy on a nice bike in matching kit stopped and asked if I needed anything.
That's it. He's out of the club!
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You think that's amazing: a guy on a tri-bike waved at me yesterday.
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Also, I've done the same for other cyclists.
I absolutely would do that, and have done that. It's simple human deceny to help out a "brother in arms".

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You think that's amazing: a guy on a tri-bike waved at me yesterday.
Yeah, I would do that, too. Not had the opportunity yet, only got my Tri bike end of August and been riding mostly late evening or early (4 am) morning. I like to actually tip the brim of my helmet to fellow riders.

So, a virtual tip of the brim to you.

I have observed that some roadies are pretty aloof. Perhaps they are just immersed in what they're doing. Perhaps they're snobs. Who knows?

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