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My Bonehead Move

Old 07-31-12, 01:08 PM
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My Bonehead Move

So I was all stoked to take my first long ride on my new frame Saturday. I get about 400 yards from my house and I already feel my legs burning, no head wind and I’m hauling along at 11mph.
I get about 2 miles out and I have to stop cause I think I have my seat post adjusted too high and my seat too forward.
I hop off adjust and start riding. I was on my normal route and I could barely keep an 11-12 mph pace going. All the while I’m absolutely exhausted.
I had to stop twice to rest. I was freaking out thinking there was something wrong with me, I was too old, my frame wasn’t right, I was too fat, too out of shape.
ANYWAY…I get a little under 10miles into my ride and stop at a light…I look down and see a huge reflection of light coming from the space near my front brakes… suddenly I look down and see my brakes angled off to one side so that my right pad was pressed up against my rim.
At that point…my hopes were raised, and crushed that I didn’t realize something like that!
Yup..I was riding the last 9+ miles with my front brakes locked up.
I adjusted and took off like a bat out of hell!! But when I rolled into my driveway after mile 20 I was flat out wiped.
Cold shower, glutamine and 4 eggs helped with the recovery..

Needless to say, Always check your brakes.
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Old 07-31-12, 01:15 PM
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Great way to train leg strength. HTFU
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I usually do the exact opposite and forget to put the brake-release back in after putting the front wheel back on. I always figure it out after barely being able to stop at the red light by my house.

Also, I drove from New Orleans to Baton Rouge with my emergency brake on one time.
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Old 07-31-12, 01:38 PM
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well, at least your front pads are definitely bedded in.
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Old 07-31-12, 01:43 PM
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This happened to me on my commute after fixing a flat... commuter bike with v-brakes, can't remember how the F it got stuck. After i was struggling to keep the pace of the guy riding casually in his beach cruiser i stopped to check
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Originally Posted by GiantDefyGuy View Post

I usually do the exact opposite and forget to put the brake-release back in after putting the front wheel back on. I always figure it out after barely being able to stop at the red light by my house.

Also, I drove from New Orleans to Baton Rouge with my emergency brake on one time.
I did that and thought I was going to have to Flintstone for a minute.
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Old 07-31-12, 01:57 PM
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It's actually a much more disappointing experience to pull over because you just know that, as hard as it seems to be to pedal, your brakes have to be rubbing....and discover that in fact, they aren't....
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Originally Posted by dcvelo View Post
It's actually a much more disappointing experience to pull over because you just know that, as hard as it seems to be to pedal, your brakes have to be rubbing....and discover that in fact, they aren't....
yes...true!! Thank god it wasnt.
I swear...I was on the verge of tears!!
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"My brake was rubbing" is a classic excuse for when you're dropped.
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Hey, my boneheaded move was the other way around. I just got my new Lynskey and immediately swapped out the "economical" 23 tires with GP4000s 25's. Went out for my first ride and thought "Man, these FSA brakes are JUNK!" They didn't stop at all! Realized a while later that I had forgotten to tighten the release back down after I put front wheel back on. 'Duh! Glad I was alone, though so nobody will ever know that I did something so stupid!
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What's that smell?
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Really shouldn't have taken 9 miles to figure out if you were going that slow.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Really shouldn't have taken 9 miles to figure out if you were going that slow.
true, but if you are brand spankin new to cycling, then I guess I can see a blunder like this happening.
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My back tire got loose once and was rubbing against the frame....I rode less than a mile and was going to die; I looked down and saw that the tire was rubbing. A quick stop and adjustment then...Walaa! All set!
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Really shouldn't have taken 9 miles to figure out if you were going that slow.
every thread has one. I thought it was a good story. anyway, here is a question: how many do a quick safety check before every ride? wheel spin to see if brakes are rubbing and wheels are true, and if brakes work; tires hard with air; quick look at tires for cuts, thorns , etc; tool bag secure; nothing loose, etc. kinda like a pre-flight.
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LOL, I've done the same thing too!
Originally Posted by Altamont View Post
every thread has one. I thought it was a good story. anyway, here is a question: how many do a quick safety check before every ride? wheel spin to see if brakes are rubbing and wheels are true, and if brakes work; tires hard with air; quick look at tires for cuts, thorns , etc; tool bag secure; nothing loose, etc. kinda like a pre-flight.
I do about half that.
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Heh same thing happened to my gf. We were doing a 100 km flat out and back that she likes because it passes by some wineries and fruit farms...we stop in and make some purchases on the way. Anyways, she got a flat and when I fixed it, I must have nudged the caliper over. She must've ridden more than 40kms like that. I couldn't figure out what was wrong, I mean I'm used to being faster than her of course - I ride a lot more - but she's certainly not slow. We were going like less than 20 km/h. I kept trying to encourage her, and finally I noticed that she was pedaling when I could just coast down some gentle decline.

What the hell is going on here? I said. Let's switch bikes, I have to check this out. As soon as I grabbed it I knew. You could barely push it along the ground!

She cried, I laughed. Then I apologized. A lot.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Really shouldn't have taken 9 miles to figure out if you were going that slow.
Pcad has often taken longer to figure that out on his brake rub threads...
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I had that happen too, but even worse. It was the day I switched from 23s to 28s, so the front brakes were a bear to slide past the tire. Well I didn't even check for clearance. I rode the hardest 24 miles ever with a front brake hanging and a rear tire rubbing on the rear brake mount.
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Originally Posted by dcvelo View Post
It's actually a much more disappointing experience to pull over because you just know that, as hard as it seems to be to pedal, your brakes have to be rubbing....and discover that in fact, they aren't....
I have done this.

Originally Posted by jasandalb View Post
yes...true!! Thank god it wasnt.
I swear...I was on the verge of tears!!
I was in tears. It was an early-season ride and I had forgotten to pack my shoes in the car. Hardest 75 miles I've ever ridden.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Really shouldn't have taken 9 miles to figure out if you were going that slow.

I was too busy thinking about how I couldnt compare to your awesomeness here and trying to figure a way to put myself out of my misery because I couldnt compare to you.
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