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Saturday ride...GONE WRONG!

Old 01-12-08, 03:02 PM
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Saturday ride...GONE WRONG!

Ok, the title may have been a bit much. Anyway on the group ride today everything was going fine until we stopped in a parking lot to wait up for someone who had a flat. When he caught up and we took off, I noticed that my drive side crank arm was loose. This was weird since it had been fine the whole ride (20 miles or so) up to this point, but suddenly was really loose. So we stopped and tightened it, and as soon as I went to start going again it was instantly loose again. I called my girlfriend to come pick me up, not wanting to chance any damage. Bummer, because I really like our Saturday group ride. When I got back I took the bike to our shop that sponsors the team, we took off the crank arm and looked inside and found that it's totally stripped. What makes it even worse is that it was a new crank; I'd only ridden it for about 100 miles. Time for a new new crank
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Old 01-12-08, 03:22 PM
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bummer to have to drop drop more $$ on the same problem...happened to me last year. Now I am pretty good about checking the torque regularly even after a few rides.

Just be glad you were not pushing the pace when it would have surely come off.
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48 miles, two flats on the same ride. That hasn't happened in over 10 years. Pcad was prepared with two, count 'em, two, spare tubes. Pcad RULES.
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What exactly was stripped? Sounds like the bottom bracket spindle. If it's a traditional-style BB, just change it out. If you have a newer, external BB system with the spindle attached to one of the arms, then yeah guess your crank is screwed (oh wait, the problem is that it won't screw) or at least just the side attached to the spindle.
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Originally Posted by JiveTurkey View Post
What exactly was stripped? Sounds like the bottom bracket spindle. If it's a traditional-style BB, just change it out. If you have a newer, external BB system with the spindle attached to one of the arms, then yeah guess your crank is screwed (oh wait, the problem is that it won't screw) or at least just the side attached to the spindle.
The spindle on the bb is fine, it's the inside of the crank that's stripped. There are sort of notches on the bb and inside of the crank that line up (ultegra 6500) and since the crank is aluminum and the bb is steel, the crank stripped.

Pcad: Nice job having 2 spare tires. Maybe I'd better start carrying another one
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We had 4 flats, one wrong turn (went down a gravel road for a mile), a broken rim, and dogs from hell today.


Planets must have been lined up or something.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
48 miles, two flats on the same ride. That hasn't happened in over 10 years. Pcad was prepared with two, count 'em, two, spare tubes. Pcad RULES.
I always carry 2 tubes, cause I had an issue once where I needed more than the one. Never again will I be in that position.
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Front derailer slid down the seat post tube today and I got to ride the last 10-15 miles back in the small ring.
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
I always carry 2 tubes, cause I had an issue once where I needed more than the one. Never again will I be in that position.
I carry one tube and a little pack of patches. The way I figure, if fate is that pissed off to give me two flats in one ride, I might as well suffer a bit more and have to start patching.
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This thread made me feel better about all the problems I avoided by riding zero miles today.
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Originally Posted by palesaint View Post
I carry one tube and a little pack of patches. The way I figure, if fate is that pissed off to give me two flats in one ride, I might as well suffer a bit more and have to start patching.
+1

2 tubes and an instant patch kit will almost never fail you.
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Not exactly road biking, but I went out on the MTB today and managed to have my first tree collision. That wouldn't have been so bad, but the first collision sent me head first into another tree. I heard something "crunch" and still don't know if it was my neck or the helmet.

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Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
I always carry 2 tubes, cause I had an issue once where I needed more than the one. Never again will I be in that position.
I typically carry one tube, but often grab an extra spare for rides of 50+ miles. In the cellphone age, I'm not too worried about having to call the local cab company for a sag wagon ride home. In the 1990's I once ran out of spares on the River Road along the Hudson in NJ at the base of the mighty Palisades. It was a long friggin walk in my Time road shoes up to the diner to use the pay phone (2.5 miles, the last half up a steep hill).

It's easy now with mobile phones in everyone's pocket This is easier still: I'm picking up a patch kit (duh) which weighs about 15 grams to stick in my back pocket. I rarely see a puncture in a tube that can't be patched in about two minutes. Beats calling a cab.
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No flats but I got dropped halfway through the ride, then took a wrong turn on my way home. I've had worse days.
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Originally Posted by Grumpy Pig View Post
No flats but I got dropped halfway through the ride, then took a wrong turn on my way home. I've had worse days.
I haven't. No wonder you're Grumpy my little Piggy.
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Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
Pcad: Nice job having 2 spare tires. Maybe I'd better start carrying another one
Learn from pcad: carry two spare cranksets. Never know when you will have two fail on you in a single ride. pffffttttt!
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My ride went well today..just a mere 14 miles. But I was happy to take the road bike off the trainer as there was no snow and the streets and MUP were essentially free of frozen water. Worst thing that happened to me was frozen fingertips and toes. I'm taking care of 1/2 that problem by ordering LG booties on sale! Oh, and I always carry two tubes as I generally have the extra space in my bag.
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Todays ride was horrible for me. I slept half the day, then realized I had no clean cycling clothes to wear. I should of "hardened the F up" and rode anyways, but I didn't. Instead I bought 2 new tubes (two flats this week) and a Road Morph pump.
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Todays ride was horrible for me. I slept half the day, then realized I had no clean cycling clothes to wear. I should of "hardened the F up" and rode anyways, but I didn't. Instead I bought 2 new tubes (two flats this week) and a Road Morph pump.

Good call!
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Learn from pcad: carry two spare cranksets. Never know when you will have two fail on you in a single ride. pffffttttt!
Strap a whole extra bike worth of parts to your back and if all else fails, attack and kill a bypassing cyclist of similar size and take his bke.
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