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So What Have You Forgotten On A Ride?

Old 04-18-10, 03:00 PM
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One time I loaded my bike up on the roof rack and drove about 10 miles out to do a solo ride . . . only to discover that I left the front wheel at home.
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How to get back.

I was riding out of Bristol, VA/TN solo and I got about 25 miles out from my start point and realized I wasn't quite sure which way to go to head back. It was just a few minutes before I came across a guy mowing his front lawn and he gave me the direction I needed. It had become overcast and was late afternoon I had just a small moment of panic.
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Water is and shoes are the two things for me but only once each. I usually ride right out my door though. We have a guy in our club who always seems to forget some money when we are doing a coffee shop ride.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
One time I loaded my bike up on the roof rack and drove about 10 miles out to do a solo ride . . . only to discover that I left the front wheel at home.
i've definitely done that too.
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I've geared up completely. Shoes on, spandex-ed up, gloves on, helmet and cap and I walk out of my garage with my water bottle. "I'm missing something here. Oh, right, the bike!"
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Water bottle, helmet, and once I forgot my tail light and had a 3 hs return ride on a narrow road in a foggy night. Went to the grass shoulder every time a car was about to pass me. Luckily there wasn't too much traffic that night.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
One time I loaded my bike up on the roof rack and drove about 10 miles out to do a solo ride . . . only to discover that I left the front wheel at home.
That's a pretty tough one to work around.
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A buddy and I went out for a recover ride & took our time, grabbing some coffee & a snack on the way back. When we got to the car, he says to me, "Hey- check this out!" He had left his car key (and house keys) in the door lock! The following week at training crit, I rode up to my car to discover that I had left my car keys in my roof rack. I think we both have used up our allotted "anti-theft" karma for the next year.
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Old 04-18-10, 08:12 PM
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I only have one floor pump and one portable hand pump along with a c02 widget. When switching bikes I often forget to switch the portable one over and the c02 widget is routinely brought... without c02 - I'm lucky in the fact I have only had one flat so far when on a long ride. All my flats happen on shorter 10-15 milers.
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Everything at least once.
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I often forget that embrocation does not last on long rides and knee warmers or tights would be a much better idea.
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Originally Posted by Dan The Man
My brakes.

I swapped both tires and forgot about the brakes. My ride started at the top of a hill and ended at the bottom of it with some serious road rash.
Aren't the brakes attached to the bike ?
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Aren't the brakes attached to the bike ?
Disc brakes maybe, and by tires he meant wheels?
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Originally Posted by mzeffex
Disc brakes maybe, and by tires he meant wheels?
Or maybe he switched from alloy to carbon, took off the alu brake pads and forgot to put the carbon ones on? Either way, sounds pretty frightening.

I'm usually pretty good about remembering everything because I don't have a car and always ride out the front door. Getting clothing right is tough though, especially around this time of year.
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Originally Posted by youcoming
Water is and shoes are the two things for me but only once each. I usually ride right out my door though. We have a guy in our club who always seems to forget some money when we are doing a coffee shop ride.
And I would quickly start calling that guy "he who is without coffee"
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Old 04-19-10, 01:50 AM
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Me taping down my teammate. He forgot one shoe.
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Originally Posted by Hummeth

Me taping down my teammate. He forgot one shoe.
Now thats clipless. How much float was he getting with that set up?
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Originally Posted by ahsposo
Now thats clipless. How much float was he getting with that set up?
hahahahahaha
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Originally Posted by Hummeth

Me taping down my teammate. He forgot one shoe.
Winner!
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No float, just numb toes and hot spots.
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Originally Posted by mrvile
Or maybe he switched from alloy to carbon, took off the alu brake pads and forgot to put the carbon ones on? Either way, sounds pretty frightening.

I'm usually pretty good about remembering everything because I don't have a car and always ride out the front door. Getting clothing right is tough though, especially around this time of year.
I just meant that I loosened the calipers to take my wheels out and then forgot to tighten them down again. At full brake pressure, the pads were barely touching my wheel and not enough to slow me down.
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I don't have a car, so I ride straight from my door. I'll usually notice something is gone within a mile, so it's not a big deal.

Though I did ride without my RoadID a few weeks ago. Couldn't find it, so I just left without. Rider 100m in front of me got hit by a car that day, kind of spooked me.
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Originally Posted by Dan The Man
I just meant that I loosened the calipers to take my wheels out and then forgot to tighten them down again. At full brake pressure, the pads were barely touching my wheel and not enough to slow me down.
omg that must have sucked

yesterday was my first ride on the new bike (and first ride overall) - got about a mile out and realized i forgot my helmet - then after i went out again, realized i had forgotten my wallet, which i'm glad i had gone back to get because i had also forgotten my sunglasses, which i used the wallet to buy new ones at rite aid - i think i was excited ...
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Actually the worst I've ever forgotten was sunscreen. On a 4 hour mid-day ride in late June. The next two weeks were... unpleasant.
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