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I bit it today. . . .

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That's right I wrecked my brand new Reno today.

So I was cruising at about 23mph when I noticed a truck was behind me, so I decided to be a good cyclist and share the road. I sped up to 26mph and was going to let him pass. When I looked up I saw that I was nearing a corner in the road, this is where it the trouble began. I started to tap the brakes a little, but I was not slowing at a fast enough rate, then I looked up and saw all the loose gravel on the side of the road next to the curb. At this point the truck was getting ready to pass me and I was going to fast to slam on the breaks, I would of lost control of the bike for sure. I decided to chance it and come as close to the curb as possible without crushing down on the breaks so I would not loose the rear. Well, I lost the rear and my front hit the curb, causing me to fly off the bike into the grass. I am thankful that it was grass, not asphalt, and I was able to clip out of one pedal allowing me to fly off ummm "better." I think that I may of bent the rear wheel, but I am not sure. Is there a sure way that I can tell beside just looking at it? I am going to take the bike to the shop first thing tomorrow and have them look at it. Does anyone have a set of wheels that they want to donate to the "Mike" fund**********? I am ok just pissed about the bike.

DON'T GET CONFUSED, I AM NOT ASKING FOR A SET OF WHEELS, I AM BEING SARCASTIC.

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Dude, sorry to hear about the luck. Hope the bike made it out alright more or less and good to hear you had a relatively soft landing. Other than the wheel, any other damage?
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There was recently another post from someone who had her bike stolen asking for 'donations' for a new bike - she got shot down fast. Seriously - I sympathize with your plight and am glad you're OK, but panhandling on a forum for new stuff isn't going to enamor you with many people here.
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Looks like I scrapped up the front screw thing that holds the rim in (I have NO idea what that is called). I am an IDIOT!
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I think he was more looking for someone local with a spare set to loan him while his wheels were repaired. (I hope)


/ still laughing about that other lady.

That would be your quick release - and if that's the worse thing that got scraped, I think you came out alright!
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Sorry to hear about your bike.....check out some online places that are having closeout deals on wheelsets....or see if your LBS has any deals going on....
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If the wheel is bent, do I HAVE to replace it. It looks to be slightly off but I am not sure. If I do have to replace it how would this be and is there ANY way this would be under my warranty?


BTW: Of course I am not looking for free STUFF!

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Originally Posted by mike9903
Does anyone have a set of wheels that they want to donate to the "Mike" fund**********?
Originally Posted by mike9903
Of course I am not looking for free STUFF!
???
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Originally Posted by mike9903
Of course I am not looking for free STUFF!
Oh, sorry about that. When you said "does anyone have a set of wheels that they want to donate to the 'Mike' fund" I guess you meant to say "does anyone have a set of wheels they want to SELL"?
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I was more joking than anything, I was not aware of the bikeforums.net's bylaws that state no joking is allowed in any post. I will refrain in the future from typing/thinking any joke while I am logged onto bikeforums.net, please do not revoke my membership.
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Very suspicious- a few weeks ago you were asking if you should get a Trek 1000, 1200, or Lemond Reno, so I assume you're a relatively new rider.

You were cruising along at 23mph, and then dial it up to 26 mph on while riding a bike with a 10+ degree stem rise? Dude, if you're going that fast solo after a few weeks, join a team, you'll go places!


Sorry if I seem condescending, but you really shouldn't be ASKING for donations. At best, HOPE that someone will offer you to borrow their wheel for a bit.

Besides, a rear wheel is only like $100 for an Open Pro/Ultegra setup. C'est la vie!
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Luckily, no severe injuries.
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Originally Posted by mike9903
I was more joking than anything, I was not aware of the bikeforums.net's bylaws that state no joking is allowed in any post. I will refrain in the future from typing/thinking any joke while I am logged onto bikeforums.net, please do not revoke my membership.
Geez, calm down a bit. Nobody's trying to hound you off the forum.

If you really were joking, then I apologize - but you didn't give any indication that your request for 'donations' was a joke (not even a smiley), and there have been other people who have posted here before who weren't joking when they asked for handouts.

No need to get so pissy about it. It's not like anyone here started flaming you.
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I hate when I bite my tongue

Glad you made it out okay... I hope you kissed that grass and gave it all the praise.
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Originally Posted by pelotonracer
Very suspicious- a few weeks ago you were asking if you should get a Trek 1000, 1200, or Lemond Reno, so I assume you're a relatively new rider.

You were cruising along at 23mph, and then dial it up to 26 mph on while riding a bike with a 10+ degree stem rise? Dude, if you're going that fast solo after a few weeks, join a team, you'll go places!


Sorry if I seem condescending, but you really shouldn't be ASKING for donations. At best, HOPE that someone will offer you to borrow their wheel for a bit.

Besides, a rear wheel is only like $100 for an Open Pro/Ultegra setup. C'est la vie!

WOW! Now I am lying about how fast I was going.


For the last freaking time I am not asking for anything!
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Alright, I think mike's had a hard day, let's all take a step back and a deep breath. Mike - take the wheel to the shop and see what they say about it. If it's just knocked out of true a bit then they may be able to fix it up for you with not much $ out of pocket. If you do need a new wheel, then at least consider yourself luck you don't need anything more and/or in a body cast after the fall.

As far as making sure people under stand you're joking with a comment (as we can't hear any inflections in your voice via the written word) a few or goes a long way. (see)
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See OP and tell me if that works!
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Originally Posted by pelotonracer
Very suspicious- a few weeks ago you were asking if you should get a Trek 1000, 1200, or Lemond Reno, so I assume you're a relatively new rider.

You were cruising along at 23mph, and then dial it up to 26 mph on while riding a bike with a 10+ degree stem rise? Dude, if you're going that fast solo after a few weeks, join a team, you'll go places!


Sorry if I seem condescending, but you really shouldn't be ASKING for donations. At best, HOPE that someone will offer you to borrow their wheel for a bit.

Besides, a rear wheel is only like $100 for an Open Pro/Ultegra setup. C'est la vie!
What is "suspicious"? Are you the internet police?

If he's a "new rider" and going 23 mph, who's to say it wasn't on a slight downhill grade.....even new riders can easily maintain 20+ mph speeds going down a slight hill. Furthermore, does it even really matter how fast he was going.....
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Originally Posted by mike9903
See OP and tell me if that works!
Works for me Glad you weren't too banged up.
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Originally Posted by mike9903
Does anyone have a set of wheels that they want to donate to the "Mike" fund**********? I am ok just pissed about the bike.

DON'T GET CONFUSED, I AM NOT ASKING FOR A SET OF WHEELS, I AM BEING SARCASTIC.
- glad you're OK... i do have some spare wheels, but don't think you could use 'em (6spd freewheel rear)...

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- just keep traveling safely - stay alive!
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Originally Posted by mike9903
See OP and tell me if that works!
Have you ever had one of those moments where you missed the REALLY BIG RED WORDS while trying to find a change in the normal print because you were just that tired.


Yeah, me too.


but yes, now that I see the REALLY BIG RED WORDS I think that works just fine.

Hope your wheel is fixable dude.
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Originally Posted by mike9903
See OP and tell me if that works!
Well, now you've just made it way too obvious it was a joke and....just kidding

Works for me. Again, glad to hear you're OK.
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Glad your ok man, if a wheel and a skewer is all you busted you are one lucky s.o.b. most noobie's totally splatter in the first wreck. I know I sure did, road rash city.

The wheel should be fixable from the way you described it. You have now been officially christened.
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Originally Posted by mike9903
If the wheel is bent, do I HAVE to replace it. It looks to be slightly off but I am not sure. If I do have to replace it how would this be and is there ANY way this would be under my warranty?


BTW: Of course I am not looking for free STUFF!
Just take it to your LBS and see if they can true it. If they can it'll be as good as new.

BTW-I have a set of Alex ALX-220 wheels if you want them. I'd take $75 for the pair includng skewers. They came off a Felt F65 after about 250 miles. They are perfectly true and don't have a scratch on them.

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Originally Posted by mike9903
If the wheel is bent, do I HAVE to replace it. It looks to be slightly off but I am not sure. If I do have to replace it how would this be and is there ANY way this would be under my warranty?
It depends on how far out of true the wheel might be. It may be a matter of just adjusting the spoke tension. However, if the rim is severely bent, you might need to replace the wheel. Depending on the wheel, it may be more cost-effective to replace it with something prebuilt, rather than building a new one around the same hub... but hopefully it won't come to that. Unfortunately, I've never heard of a manufacturer replacing something under warranty if it was crashed. Typically warranties cover defects in materials or workmanship.

More importantly, it's good that you weren't hurt. I've had crashes where my body took the brunt of the impact, and I've got the scars to prove it. If given a choice, I'd sacrifice the bike ahead of my body any time. Think of it as an opportunity to upgrade, rather than going through physical therapy! Good luck with getting back on the road soon!
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