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You don't know a man untill you have walked 2.432 miles in his cycling shoes.

Old 08-31-04, 05:48 PM
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You don't know a man untill you have walked 2.432 miles in his cycling shoes.

Well you can probably see where this is going. Out for my Tuesday afternoon ride I had started out well and I got to my trianing hill which is 2 miles of >8% grade up to a nice view of our valley. So I am about 1/3 of the way up and I hear in my ear "HI". Before I can even reply the rider is 20 yds ahead and the gap is widening, and here I thought I was doing better. This guy just flys up the hill leaving me in his dust. So then about half way up I hear the creak of a chain behind me and anoterh rider passes me, this time not so fast and we have a couple of words, clearly I am much closer in ability to this guy but again he drops me fairly quickly, fine I need more work. I reach the summit and dry off quick, take a drink and start me decent. About half way down I see Mr speed climbing the hill again.

So I finish the decent and go through the town at the base of the hill, as I am leaving the town I am doing about 30 down a hill and BANG blowout. Really my first one ever and for sure my first one at this speed, I did well and got stopped, found a spot and got to fixing my flat. Mr speed comes down the road a few min later and asks if I am ok. I say yes and ask if he has a frame pump or CO2 as I only have one CO2 and didn't think it would fill me up. He didn't have either, so I thanked him and he went on his way. After patching my tube I got to putting everything back together and then I refilled the tube. Just then I heard a tearing sound from me wheel and looked down to find the tire hadn't seated properly and the tube was pulling it away from the rim. Just as I reached for the valve to release the pressure BANG and the tube blew itself apart.

So I call my wife on my cell phone and start walking. 2.432 miles (so said my cyclocomputer) later my wife pulls up and I laod up and ride home. I got 15 miles in before the flat and then walked another couple but man am I ticked my ride was cut short.
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Old 08-31-04, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Just then I heard a tearing sound from me wheel and looked down to find the tire hadn't seated properly and the tube was pulling it away from the rim. Just as I reached for the valve to release the pressure BANG and the tube blew itself apart.
I've done both those things, which is why I now carry a frame pump.

Glad you didn't get hurt.
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Old 08-31-04, 06:00 PM
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I've had to walk a ways too but just a little further.

I'm going down a hill and stopped pedaling for a few seconds. At this point I didn't realize my chain came off. I jam on the pedals and in an instant my bike bucks to the side and I come to a screaching halt from 25+ mph. I get off and find my rear derailleur dangling. Apparently when I pedaled, the chain tightened and threw the derailleur into the spokes and sheared the bolt right off.

I didn't have a cell phone and there were no homes for miles. I ended up walking 7-8 miles to a police station where I was able to call out and get a ride. Now I always carry a cell phone on me.
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I had fun this spring... The bolt holding the bar to the stem broke (while doing a sprint of course), which made stearing a bit difficult. 10k walk home.

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Originally Posted by Csson
I had fun this spring... The bolt holding the bar to the stem broke (while doing a sprint of course), which made stearing a bit difficult. 10k walk home.

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Oh I bet that felt good. Ouch!
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All sounds like what happened to me in Whistler Loony Race (Mountain). It was my first race, and I lost a lot of ground at the start. They usally start with a big climb to thin out the peleton. When the course leveled out I started tearing it up, but the path through scree was too narrow, so I rode on the loose rocks. That cost me two flats.

I didn't discover my broken valve -- on a new tube! -- until after changing. Then I discovered my patches were soaked through from an earlier ride and unintentional swim. Needless to say I DNFed the race.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Well you can probably see where this is going. Out for my Tuesday afternoon ride I had started out well and I got to my trianing hill which is 2 miles of >8% grade up to a nice view of our valley. So I am about 1/3 of the way up and I hear in my ear "HI". Before I can even reply the rider is 20 yds ahead and the gap is widening, and here I thought I was doing better. This guy just flys up the hill leaving me in his dust. So then about half way up I hear the creak of a chain behind me and anoterh rider passes me, this time not so fast and we have a couple of words, clearly I am much closer in ability to this guy but again he drops me fairly quickly, fine I need more work. I reach the summit and dry off quick, take a drink and start me decent. About half way down I see Mr speed climbing the hill again.

So I finish the decent and go through the town at the base of the hill, as I am leaving the town I am doing about 30 down a hill and BANG blowout. Really my first one ever and for sure my first one at this speed, I did well and got stopped, found a spot and got to fixing my flat. Mr speed comes down the road a few min later and asks if I am ok. I say yes and ask if he has a frame pump or CO2 as I only have one CO2 and didn't think it would fill me up. He didn't have either, so I thanked him and he went on his way. After patching my tube I got to putting everything back together and then I refilled the tube. Just then I heard a tearing sound from me wheel and looked down to find the tire hadn't seated properly and the tube was pulling it away from the rim. Just as I reached for the valve to release the pressure BANG and the tube blew itself apart.

So I call my wife on my cell phone and start walking. 2.432 miles (so said my cyclocomputer) later my wife pulls up and I laod up and ride home. I got 15 miles in before the flat and then walked another couple but man am I ticked my ride was cut short.
It's strange, we must have been separated at birth...there is a couple miles of climbing to MY view of the cool valley I live above...and skinny rabbit guys fly past me too...but not as much as a month ago..
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There is nothing quite so humbling as having someone race past you on a hill.

The only experience that equates is suffering a clean knock-out in a combat sport.
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There is nothing quite so humbling as having someone race past you on a hill. **********

Why? I perfer to look at it as fun and not competitive. Too bad so many can only think competitively.

I'm just saying that because I'm not fast nor do I fly up hills. But when I'm womping others in HALO on the internet, that competitive urge takes over.

So I'm 37 and play video games - want to make something of it?
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