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TOOTHFUL99's Photo TOOTHFUL99 Posts: 499
9/30/10 12:06 P

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Funny thing happened....The day after I replied to your post I met some friends for a ride. Right before we started, a one of them noticed a bulge in my tire. (I had had a flat a week earlier and missed the cut in the sidewall when I inspected it.) Someone had a patch kit that rigged it so I could ride that day. Only had 600 miles on that tire.

Guess you never know when stuff is going to happen. That's why I like riding with friends.

...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!


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JONBOYR700 Posts: 68
9/30/10 9:12 A

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When you start logging lots of miles, &$^# can and will happen from time to time. Gotta take the good and the bad with cycling.

In August I was out on a medium distance ride and popped a tube. Took my rear wheel off and swapped the tube out. Went to re-inflate the tube and my CO2 pump was broken. What are the chances right?

Broke a chain in June during a bike race which only had about 500 miles on it. Not very common, but it happens.

When doing longer bike rides, I put on a handle bar bag with a manual pump, spare tire, couple tubes, etc. I always take spare $$ and a cell phone. Worst case scenario, call a cab and get hauled back in. There's been a 2x times in about 6 years where I had to call a friend or relative to haul me back (and the one was the August trip mentioned above).

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9/25/10 10:02 P

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It just sound a little like Murphy's Law. I'm glad things work out this time.

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SLEEPINGCAT's Photo SLEEPINGCAT Posts: 81
9/25/10 6:52 P

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Just took your advise, while buying a new chain today - much appreciated. The derailleur looks good but they checked the alignment anyways. I think I need to attend a bike repair workshop over the winter this year. The multi-tool a topeak looked to have a design fault in that the chain tool was tightened with a plastic end that comes off and this was not able to apply any torque without spinning around - so returned it and bought a better topeak.
I have been doing the A & B of prep but will add C, especially the informal "C"
thanks guys

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TOMMYRHODES's Photo TOMMYRHODES Posts: 9
9/25/10 6:11 P

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Check your rear deraillur hanger. The only way you should be jamming up your chain and then breaking it is if your chain rides off the high side of your rear cassette. So either your rear deraillur was very very very very poorly adjusted, or at some point you bent the deraillur hanger.
I should note that bent hangers are very common and whatever shop you bought the bike from should have one for 10-15 bucks. You may want to mention to them you just had it checked, because if your hanger is fine then they (or you) needs to re-adjust the deraillur or this problem WILL happen again.
Don't put off getting this checked. I blew apart a rear deraillur by ignoring this problem.

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TOMMYRHODES's Photo TOMMYRHODES Posts: 9
9/25/10 6:11 P

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Check your rear deraillur hanger. The only way you should be jamming up your chain and then breaking it is if your chain rides off the high side of your rear cassette. So either your rear deraillur was very very very very poorly adjusted, or at some point you bent the deraillur hanger.
I should note that bent hangers are very common and whatever shop you bought the bike from should have one for 10-15 bucks. You may want to mention to them you just had it checked, because if your hanger is fine then they (or you) needs to re-adjust the deraillur or this problem WILL happen again.
Don't put off getting this checked. I blew apart a rear deraillur by ignoring this problem.

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TOMMYRHODES's Photo TOMMYRHODES Posts: 9
9/25/10 6:09 P

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Check your rear deraillur hanger. The only way you should be jamming up your chain and then breaking it is if your chain rides off the high side of your rear cassette. So either your rear deraillur was very very very very poorly adjusted, or at some point you bent the deraillur hanger.
I should note that bent hangers are very common and whatever shop you bought the bike from should have one for 10-15 bucks. You may want to mention to them you just had it checked, because if your hanger is fine then they (or you) needs to re-adjust the deraillur or this problem WILL happen again.
Don't put off getting this checked. I blew apart a rear deraillur by ignoring this problem.

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TOMMYRHODES's Photo TOMMYRHODES Posts: 9
9/25/10 6:08 P

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Check your rear deraillur hanger. The only way you should be jamming up your chain and then breaking it is if your chain rides off the high side of your rear cassette. So either your rear deraillur was very very very very poorly adjusted, or at some point you bent the deraillur hanger.
I should note that bent hangers are very common and whatever shop you bought the bike from should have one for 10-15 bucks. You may want to mention to them you just had it checked, because if your hanger is fine then they (or you) needs to re-adjust the deraillur or this problem WILL happen again.
Don't put off getting this checked. I blew apart a rear deraillur by ignoring this problem.

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TOOTHFUL99's Photo TOOTHFUL99 Posts: 499
9/25/10 4:57 P

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I'm fortunate to live in an area with an awesome bicycle club. It's rare that I ride alone. Seems like someone always has your back that way. Although, I'm a female who's not afraid to get my hands dirty fixing something.

I carry the same basic supplies as you. I was taught early on about the ABC's of biking. Before you ride, check the Air in your tires, Brakes and Chain. (I joke that it also means "Always Bring your Crap.") Sometimes you catch things before you leave home that way.

All in all, if every ride went smoothly, you wouldn't have anything exciting to talk about!

...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!


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SLEEPINGCAT's Photo SLEEPINGCAT Posts: 81
9/25/10 2:04 P

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I was surprised, my bike had a full service in the spring and I do check it out regularly. The problem was that the chain slipped off the cog, jammed in the works and a weak link must've been overstressed. Going by the number of chain repair components in the bike shop I am pretty sure I am not alone in having this happen.

I do seme to have unfortunate breakdowns about once a year, the last two involved inner tubes, first time, I went to my backpack to discover it was completely empty (I had been looking or something and forgot to repack it - no repair kit, no phone, no money, no nothing, miles form home and a roasting hot day - and of course, all my own fault; the second was two punctures and I hadn't provisioned for a second blow out - well one learns form one's mistakes.

One plus, i get to know some really neat people at the bike shops.
p.s. $20 sounds a better bet than inadequate $10 I may even up the ante and bring a credit card emoticon

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SLEAUXRUNNER's Photo SLEAUXRUNNER Posts: 1,064
9/24/10 10:57 P

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Well accidents happen, and I for one believe if they are gonna happen they will do it at the worst time possible! lol

But I agree with Wong, bike maintenance is the key. If you are having repeated problems, then you need to have the bike checked out. I've been riding for 5 years on the same chain. Now I have had my tire blown 5 times in the same day, but I was doing 100 miles too. I bring my bikes to the shop once a year to have them gone over, mostly because I am too lazy to do the maintenance myself. But also because I don't want to be stuck on the road.

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9/24/10 10:34 P

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How'd you break a chain in the first place? I have only done it once and that was a stupid shift under load in a race.

I have tens of thousands of training miles and never broken a chain. Keeping them well maintained is the key. On a training ride I carry tube, CO2, pump, multi-tool, tire levers and $20. And a cellphone.

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9/24/10 10:27 P

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Today my chain broke, the multitool then broke while linked to the chain, I was only yards from the point i had turned around to head home. A problem as I was in the countryside, my wife was out of town and none of my friends were contactable. It was to be a long walk home though fortunately shortened when i walked past a bike store and thanks to much good will on their part, the chain was repaired enough to get me home , else i had another 10 miles to walk in bike shoes. Still time passed and as a result the sun had set and on my now dark ride home my front light failed, luckily i had a flashing arm band and two rear lights).

I try to carry 2 inner tubes, a multitool [that I erroneously assumed would work], some cash and a cell phone. Is this sufficient, would others recommend a different complement of tools/spares?

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Interestingly my last two catastrophic breakdowns that necessitated walks both occurred at the furthest points in the ride and when I was not able to access help. Do others find this? should there be a new law of biking "that when one breaks down, it will always be furthest away form home"


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