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Old 09-13-18, 11:00 AM
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Another Reason to Bring a Chain When on Tour

I'm riding to work now and decided to use my Fuji Touring loaded up to see how it handled fully loaded. This involved bring a spare chain as its been recommended to me and its weighs all of 250g.

My route involves a desolete bike path and behind a tree popped out two guys straight from the movie Deliverance.

Fortunately I had access to my side pannier which had my chain. Lets just say the SRAM 11 speed chain may not weigh much but it looked ominous enough that they left me along. The only down side is I lost a bloody power-link in my haste in opening the package.
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Old 09-13-18, 11:36 AM
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Thatís what bike locks are for too. And then you donít have to an extra 1/2lb.
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um...huh.
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Old 09-13-18, 12:19 PM
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you know the rules. pitchers or it dinna happen.


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Old 09-13-18, 01:11 PM
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Yeah ...

Originally Posted by 3speed
Thatís what bike locks are for too. And then you donít have to an extra 1/2lb.
But chains are longer than bike locks. But maybe you have a great idea: a boomarang style u-lock?
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I always have "Halt" dog repellent I can grab really fast, it will work on people also.... Just hope the wind is blowing away from you. LOL!!! That's how I know it will work on people.
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Sounds like a character intro story for Road Rash 2018 (except on touring bikes instead of motorcycles). Raria is a badda$$
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^ Haha. Awesome. I havenít thought about that game in Years.
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Originally Posted by saddlesores
you know the rules. pitchers or it dinna happen.


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Old 09-13-18, 03:51 PM
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I'll never understand what people get out of these kinds of stories.
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Originally Posted by DanBell
I'll never understand what people get out of these kinds of stories.
Dan, its pretty clear--they get out their chains and get their hands all sticky

oh, and lose their quicklinks.
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Originally Posted by djb
Dan, its pretty clear--they get out their chains and get their hands all sticky

oh, and lose their quicklinks.
Ha! So you fend off certain robbery and possible sexual assault, but at what cost??? Now your hands are all gross with that heavy chain grease and you can't even use the chain on the bike if you wanted to without the master link.
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Old 09-13-18, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by DanBell
Ha! So you fend off certain robbery and possible sexual assault, but at what cost??? Now your hands are all gross with that heavy chain grease and you can't even use the chain on the bike if you wanted to without the master link.
hey, thats the price you gotta pay to get a good story to recount on an interwebs forum!
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Don't you loop your bike chain through the 5 pound Kryptonite NY U-Lock, so you have a good swinging projectile, or you can throw and retrieve the lock?

Of course, you could do the same with the Kryptonite Lock/Chain combo.
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So...carrying a chain activates paranoia...interesting.

I'm sure those hillbillies are home tellin' all their kin about the crazy-ole, chain-wielding, bike-nut, they saw on the trail.

ANYHOW: glad you're safe and feeling good now

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Originally Posted by raria
....a desolete bike path and behind a tree popped out two guys straight from the movie Deliverance.....

i'd be more worried if this feller popped up in the middle a'nowheres:


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Old 09-14-18, 05:20 PM
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anyone remember that very funny spoof teenager horror flick about the two hillbilly type guys, well meaning, nice fellers, who have a run in with the visiting city slicker teenagers out in the woods and it always appears that the country dudes are trying to kill them.....very funny, dumb movie.

anyway, this whole thing made me think of the flick. Cant recall title



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Originally Posted by saddlesores
i'd be more worried if this feller popped up in the middle a'nowheres:


Amazing, isn't it?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Amazing, isn't it?

scary is what it is! imagine you're riding the katy, stealthy camping all alone in the dark, and you hear these sounds wafting through the pines.....followed by a whispered "y'all got a real purdy melodeon, ain't ya boy....."


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Originally Posted by djb
anyone remember that very funny spoof teenager horror flick about the two hillbilly type guys...

tucker and dale vs. evil


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1465522/
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RIP: Burt Reynolds

BTW: When I used to hitchhike in the 1970's, James Dickie (author of Deliverance) once gave me a ride.

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Bear spray.
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Originally Posted by DanBell
I'll never understand what people get out of these kinds of stories.
Alive.
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Still trying to figure it out:

Riding down a path...
Two hillbillies jump out...
Stop...
rummage round in a pannier...
Pull out a chain in a package...
take chain out of package...
wield it menacingly...

Were these the slowest hillbillies in town or just really really old and using walkers?
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet
Were these the slowest hillbillies in town or just really really old and using walkers?
Doesn't make sense to me either...

I have an example that might have been menacing, but I didn't really figure it out until later:
- cycling down the Pacific coast and on a bike path passing through San Diego
- came around a bend and noticed two guys off to my right
- had already passed them when I thought, "wait did one of those guys have a gun"
- didn't really go back to figure things out

Perhaps I have slow reaction times, but my example situation was fairly ambiguous. It could have been me stumbling on a scene of one person threatening another - or it could have just been something I misinterpreted and was all innocent. In the split seconds I determined it wasn't directed at me and I had already passed before fully analyzing the scene. My spare chain would typically go in right front pannier and would be close to the bottom because there is no reason to access it frequently. In bear country, I'd be far more likely to have bear spray at top of my handlebar bag - but not in a place like San Diego. If I was close enough that a chain could make a difference - then the last thing I would do would be fumbling around in a front pannier.
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