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Please nuke my city and every dirty car driving SOB in it.

Old 10-20-04, 02:25 PM
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At 3:30PM I went out for a ride.

I live on Courtland St., which means that to pedal south into downtown I have to dodge cars doing 65+ mph getting off the highway to get from the middle lane to the right lane, in order to get to safety in the right lane. That is scary, as usual, but I don't almost die.

So everything is going well. A mile down courtland, I cut over to Peachtree Center, and join Peachtree going north. Then two cars, one after the other, pull out in front of me. The second one almost downs me, beckoning me to cut across three lanes of traffic around him to his left as he backs up towards me around a parked car, to park where I eventually do an emergency stop to avoid getting hit. I pull my bike up on the curb, ride around him, and keep going.

I take a right down North Avenue, and as it is a steep hill, I am going about 30mph as I approach the intersection of Courtland and North. A car pulls out in front of me without seeing me. It is scary. I slam on the brakes, and then continue to coast through the intersection. The car behind that one decides that he can make it, because he does not see me, because he is not looking for a bike, and comes within three feet of T-boning me before he slams on the brakes.

Two lights up, a winnebago is tailgaiting me about 10 feet behind me, and honks. I dutifully give him the finger over my right shoulder. An Atlanta PD car immediately pulls up beside me, and yells not to do that. I yell sorry back. I decide that he does not notice the "**** the Republican Party" sticker across the front of my green army helmet.

The entire time i am riding, my piece of **** Shimano Sora components start to suck again, even though I JUST got the thing back from its first tune-up from the LBS as part of a 90 day service agreement that came with the bike, and it refuses to go onto the large front chainring. Then things deteriorate and the chain skips a couple gears while I am shifting it around when its on the middle chainring.

I take the next right, vowing to go home and never ride in the afternoon again. A mile later, going up the last hill before my apartment, in the small chainring, the chain decides that when the derailer tells it to go from the 2nd largest cassette gear to the largest cassette gear, it actually means that it should jump the large cassette gear, go through the space where the dork disk that I removed YESTERDAY went, jam the rear wheel, take out a spoke, and leave me sprawling on the sidewalk. I dutifully slam my head on the concrete, because well... I never did that before, and I just got a helmet.

Oh, to top it off: the Brooks B17 I just got has adapted to my ass. But only on the RIGHT SIDE of the seat!? It got wet, and only my right tailbone imprinted. Now the whole thing is lopsided, it stretched only on the right side, and I think I screwed it up by using "saddle soap" instead of Proofide. I am so screwed.

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Old 10-20-04, 02:30 PM
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Okay, okay. I knew it ****'d it out, so I thought it was okay.

CURSE CARS. CURSE ATLANTA. CURSE SHIMANO SORA. CURSE MY LBS. CURSE MY BIKE. OH, and CURSE YOU!
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Old 10-20-04, 02:33 PM
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We republicans never have stuff like that happen to us. The sticker on your helmet did you in.

As for the cops...give them the finger too. 1st amemendment baby!

Sorry to hear you went down, thats never a laughing matter.....unless it looked really cool and you're not hurt. =)
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Old 10-20-04, 02:34 PM
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Someone please hold me. I am never riding in the afternoon again. I'm only going out for training rides after 8pm.
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Old 10-20-04, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by teamawe
We republicans never have stuff like that happen to us. The sticker on your helmet did you in.

As for the cops...give them the finger too. 1st amemendment baby!

Sorry to hear you went down, thats never a laughing matter.....unless it looked really cool and you're not hurt. =)
I'm not hurt. I am pretty good at falling, if its not fast. And I wouldn't have fallen if my toe hadn't hung in my pedal. I'm getting new pedals now. The stock OCR-3 one's piss me off. I was so bloody tired from trying to go fast at a super-high cadence on the middle chainring, that I was exhausted by the time I made it towards the top of the hill on the small chainring, where it jammed and I fell... so I was going very slow. Otherwise I woulda taken out more spokes.
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Old 10-20-04, 03:01 PM
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I stay off the roads in rush hour.
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Old 10-20-04, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Crunkologist
Someone please hold me. I am never riding in the afternoon again. I'm only going out for training rides after 8pm.

crunk id hold you but you said your butt was lopsided. oh that and your a guy. try try again
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Some days, the ride just doesn't go your way. The next day, it'll be amazing. Hang in there, for that "next day".
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Old 10-20-04, 03:18 PM
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I want to climb a clocktower, or just a tower, with an AK-47, and shoot at gas tanks of passing cars over a certain size until the SWAT team puts me out of my bicycle misery.
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Old 10-20-04, 03:32 PM
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1) Valium

2) Singlespeed

3) Ride
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Old 10-20-04, 03:33 PM
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I thought all libs hated nukes???
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Old 10-20-04, 03:43 PM
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Get a Schwinn Aerodyne
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Old 10-20-04, 03:46 PM
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Find a bike friendly place to live ..
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Fix a ricer muffler to the bike and wear motorcycle clothes. Nobody will mess with you.
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Old 10-20-04, 04:07 PM
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Like any post-ride recovery routine, I prescribe lots of cold beer. Be thankful you're above ground today (especially after that ride). Tomorrow, try heading AWAY from downtown and, if possible, pick a starting point that's already on the edge of town.

Been there, and I feel your pain and anxiety. Do better tomorrow.

The Dr. is now OUT. Riding. Dodging a-holes in cages. Dreaming up other ways to improve the earth.
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Old 10-20-04, 04:17 PM
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Old 10-20-04, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by PenguinDeD
Fix a ricer muffler to the bike and wear motorcycle clothes. Nobody will mess with you.
either that or.. u'll actually end up getting all the ricer racers coming after you to run u over.

how about cutting some pieces of plastic and tape it to ur rear seatstays.. so when u pedal.. u'll hear clicking noises.. hehe

but on a serious note.. perhaps you should get that air horn that everyone swear it'll scare the crap out of drivers..

either that.. or have some super flashy lights on ur clothes so they'll see u more??
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that is the exact reason why I didnt go to georgia tech...plus...its 83% male/17% female...
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Originally Posted by Phatman
that is the exact reason why I didnt go to georgia tech...plus...its 83% male/17% female...
... but if you golf.. Georgia Tech has a good golf program.
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Originally Posted by Crunkologist
At 3:30PM


[b]the dork disk that I removed YESTERDAY b], .

...right there is your problem. You need to have the dork disk ON when riding in any of the confederate states!
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Old 10-20-04, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Crunkologist
At 3:30PM I went out for a ride.

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A mile later, going up the last hill before my apartment, in the small chainring, the chain decides that when the derailer tells it to go from the 2nd largest cassette gear to the largest cassette gear, it actually means that it should jump the large cassette gear, go through the space where the dork disk that I removed YESTERDAY went, jam the rear wheel, take out a spoke, and leave me sprawling on the sidewalk.
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Dude, I am sorry to hear that. I feel extra bad because I think I was *****y to you in another thread. Better luck next time.

In the dork disk thread, I was going to defend them but I did not, fearing being called a square. But now I will.

It is true that if you keep your mechs in perfect working condition that you do not need a dork disk. However, things often have a way of getting f-ed up at the worst possible time. Perhaps this is an example of where really good equipment and expert maintenance makes the difference?

Anyways, if you look hard enough you may be able to find a "cool" dork disk: metal, just large enough raise slightly beyond the biggest cog.
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Originally Posted by ruirui
... but if you golf.. Georgia Tech has a good golf program.
but...I dont golf...
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Originally Posted by Phatman
but...I dont golf...
it's all good... in that case.. better find a sku with plenty of girls
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It's called Murphys law, you know, the one where if you had a dork disk on, none of this would have happened.
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yeah it happens....iv'e had days where it seemed man+beast was out to get me.

Just shrug it off, oh and keep a second bike around, even if it's a crappy huffy, just enough to hold you by while the LBS fixes yours.

Oh, and try to make the second bike a singlespeed of some flavor...makes life far simpler, or if you want derailers a cheapo mtn bike with a 7-sp "mega-range" cassette....those things dont even need chainguards, that 7th speed is it's own chainguard...34t....it's freaking HUGE!
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