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he's so ghetto

Old 02-03-06, 11:09 AM
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he's so ghetto

on my way home last night, about 10 mins from my apt, I pull up on my right foot and hear this SNAP! sound. my f'cking toeclip snapped off. rode home the rest of the way and realized how much I love those things, because every five seconds I would go to pull up and have nothing to hold me there. (also, it was a misty rain, perfect for doing useless fun skids, but alas, no way I was doing that sans clip)

so riding to back into the city this morning for work, I had to just clamp my foot down and pull the strap on tight as I could and hope I didn't need to bail. which was good, 'cos when the time I got to the bike shop to grab a replacement, I almost fell off the bike trying to take my foot out.

anybody else ghetto their way through sht like this?
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Old 02-03-06, 11:11 AM
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yeep duct-taped my foot around a pedal once. I had to stop at a set of stairs and unwrap the ducttape to get off
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Old 02-03-06, 11:13 AM
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I had one of the bolts sheer off on my SPD cleat, allowing it to swivel in my shoe. This made it impossible to unclip from my bike without taking the shoe of using pliers.
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Old 02-03-06, 11:19 AM
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It wasn't on my fixed gear, but I had a pedal break off on my commute home last week. Pedaling a few miles on a little stub sticking out of the crankset isn't fun.
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Old 02-03-06, 11:33 AM
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I was using some take-off MTB spd's on the rental track bike at the velodrome...we had done all the warmup and 80% efforts...

We were going on to 200 leadouts..full speed efforts, as I jumped, my pedal disengaged held on for all I was worth, of course did not have a brake, so pedaled one footed and used my the bottom of my other foot to slow the bike by letting the pedal slam against it.
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Old 02-03-06, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Leif-fire-eater
yeep duct-taped my foot around a pedal once.
Isn't that how stickyfoot got his name?
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Old 02-03-06, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Leif-fire-eater
yeep duct-taped my foot around a pedal once. I had to stop at a set of stairs and unwrap the ducttape to get off

is that like the bike version of edward fortyhands?

my dumb ass once snapped a strap on a downhill headed towards a red light. moments like that make me glad that i can skip/skid with either foot forward.
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Old 02-03-06, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by mattface
Isn't that how stickyfoot got his name?
Almost, but I ride clipless. I tore the side of my shoe out and taped it back together with packing tape (because that's all I had on hand). Got third place in a race later that night using that gimpy setup!
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Originally Posted by popluhv
I had one of the bolts sheer off on my SPD cleat, allowing it to swivel in my shoe. This made it impossible to unclip from my bike without taking the shoe of using pliers.

Oh man, clipless.. I was biking over to Julie's work at the end of the day, and as I pull up she's standing out front and just a couple feet over are like six valet parking guys just standing there too.

I pull up and think I'm stylin, but little do I know my bolts between my shoe and cleat have come loose (read one is totally gone). So I bust into a sweet trackstand and just stand there hovering back and forth for the benefit of everyone within eyesight (I mean comeon, who doesn't like to show off a little).. I'm standing there and kinda figure it's enough so i start leaning a little to the left and begin unclipping my shoe.

no dice.

calmly trying to disengage my shoe, I slowly procede to fall straight over to my left, off the curb and into the road next to a parked car. As I'm falling, my bag flips over too, pulling me into a position where I'm almost upside down, with both wheels in the air, still clipped in.

so, sweet. the valet guys couldn't stop laughing.

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Ghetto? Me?

I had this manifesto about never pulling a nail out of your tire if it was holding in the air. Just it ride home then fix it.

Two years ago I got this thing that basically looked like a gigantic thumb-tack stuck in the back tire.

I have no idea what the industrial application of it was, or why it was lying in the road, but the head of it was huge, lifted the bike up a half-inch every time I ran over it.

So I rode home six miles with the back of the bike jumping up and down visibly and making a very loud snapping from this giant piece of metal stuck in the back tire. I had to stand up the whole way. The attention it drew from passers-by was significant and unfortunate.

Maybe I should have just stopped and replaced the tube...
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My bike has more dirt than paint on it right now. My chainring has a pin in it and is called a "SuperShifter". I've ridden hundreds of miles with no cable end on my (ancient Shimano STX cantilever) brake. I've fixed broken nylon straps with those round keychains.

Hell yes my bike is ghetto.
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Old 02-03-06, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by ghettocruiser
Ghetto? Me?

I had this manifesto about never pulling a nail out of your tire if it was holding in the air. Just it ride home then fix it.

Two years ago I got this thing that basically looked like a gigantic thumb-tack stuck in the back tire.

I have no idea what the industrial application of it was, or why it was lying in the road, but the head of it was huge, lifted the bike up a half-inch every time I ran over it.

So I rode home six miles with the back of the bike jumping up and down visibly and making a very loud snapping from this giant piece of metal stuck in the back tire. I had to stand up the whole way. The attention it drew from passers-by was significant and unfortunate.
Ya ever seen that simpsons where home is throwing quarters off a roof to people and one huts lenny in the head, and sticks in.

he say to carl: "ow, ow, take it out."

carl takes it out, blood starts spurting everywhere

lenny says: "ow, ow, put it in"

teehee
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