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    New question here. What's the dumbest thing you ever did to a bike?

    They say every mistake you make working on your bike is like tuition to bike mechanic school. This was easy to do but I had to admire my perseverance. The first time a did a complete bike build, I didn't just do one side, but completely installed the cups and bottom bracket backwards (cross threading the whole way; it's amazing what you can do with a 24" breaker bar ). Fortunately the frame was a little harder than the aluminum cups and I was able to re-dress the threads and install them correctly (and I know for a fact the bike is still in use today and the bottom bracket has never come lose).

    There is also the time I tried pounding off my crank arms with a mallet; oh no, that was DAS ; never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    They say every mistake you make working on your bike is like tuition to bike mechanic school. This was easy to do but I had to admire my perseverance. The first time a did a complete bike build, I didn't just do one side, but completely installed the cups and bottom bracket backwards (cross threading the whole way; it's amazing what you can do with a 24" breaker bar ). Fortunately the frame was a little harder than the aluminum cups and I was able to re-dress the threads and install them correctly (and I know for a fact the bike is still in use today and the bottom bracket has never come lose).

    There is also the time I tried pounding off my crank arms with a mallet; oh no, that was DAS ; never mind.

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    How bout chasing a BB shell with the dies on the wrong sides? Yup, threaded the drive side thread into the non-drive and vice-versa!

    Bear in mind this was years ago, when I was a fledgling newbie into the world of wrenching. The dies were also incorrectly labeled by a previous mechanic.

    How's that?

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    Re: dumb things done to a bike

    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    They say every mistake you make working on your bike is like tuition to bike mechanic school.
    Installed a headset cup backwards. The bike shop mechanic said I was never allowed to work on my own bike again.

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    Sawed in half multiple lugged steel road bike frames when I was younger.

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    not so much to a bike but on a bike....

    oh this did hurt....and more or less ended any ideas that I liked concrete






    not a mark on the body...but..I did break two bones in my left arm....
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    much less costly (money wise) than you guys...my most notorious is....
    1. "install the tire the right direction. install the tire the right direction. install the tire the right direction. install the tire the right direction." And what do I do? You guessed it, usually w/ DH tires too.

    And then....
    2. dropping tools every 30 seconds...

    Oh yes...
    3. installing a chain without running it through the deraillieur.

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    I tried installing a suspension fork in my days when I didn't know there was such things as different sized steerers and the like and either did I have good enough tools.

    Tried installing a 1 1/8" threadless 2002 RS Judy XC into an old steel frame with a 1" threaded headset. Plus the fork was setup for 100mm and the frame geometry was never ever design for suspension.
    About $300 (old Aussie dollars) to get the fork repaired and install plus I got an aluminium hardtail which costed another $600. For the $250 for the new steerer I could have got a Duke or better a Marzocchi. My first exucusion into suspension sucked for the unfortunate costs, but the fork did make up on rough trails, everywhere else especially climbing or asphalt duty it sucks, bob, bob, bob, bob. No freaking lock-out function.

    I ride my rigid SS on the smoother trails and I love the climbing ability.

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    "I think I'll tighten this titanium crank bolt just a little more..."

    Snapped the top of the bolt right off. Luckily the rest of the bolt was accessible and was easily removed. Could of been bad though.

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    Sp;rinting down the middle of the road verses my friend, while on a tubular tire that wasn't glued on due to having been replaced due to flatting (we never used to glue on our spares). Hey, when it's time to sprint for a light, it's time to sprint for a light! You just hope you don't roll a tire while torquing your bike from side to side. Doh!!! All in all, in only cost me about five stitches to my forehead and a new rim.

    Not the first time I rolled a tire, and not the last, but the only time I had to get stitches.
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    Ahh; sewup hell...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikehigh
    Sp;rinting down the middle of the road verses my friend, while on a tubular tire that wasn't glued on due to having been replaced due to flatting (we never used to glue on our spares). Hey, when it's time to sprint for a light, it's time to sprint for a light! You just hope you don't roll a tire while torquing your bike from side to side. Doh!!! All in all, in only cost me about five stitches to my forehead and a new rim.

    Not the first time I rolled a tire, and not the last, but the only time I had to get stitches.
    The first thing I did when I aquired my track bike was to relace clinchers onto the hubs. My bike guru has this unbelievable photo on a velodrom of a rider just about to do a head dab into the wood and you can see his front sewup has come off the rim and is looped around the handle bar . That had to leave a mark...

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    I didn't do it, my wife did. She did the infamous drive into the garage with the bike on the roof rack. It was an old steel frame. It crumpled like there was nothing to it. She felt horrible and I got a new bike out of the deal.

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    Surely I'm not the only one who's left the crank bolt washer inside the crank and then used the crank puller, stripping the threads out completely. Adding insult to injury the lbs told me the only way to get the crank off was with a hammer and cold chisel, ruining the bottom bracket too.

    At least the second time I left in the washer and stripped the crank I had the sense to just ride around the parking lot until the crank arm loosened up all by itself.
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    Riding 6 miles from my house to trail without spares or tools. See the post here.

    Man the walk back sucked.
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    I volunteer at a community bike shop, so I often am working on bikes that are old, strange, or just new to me. One day I was reaming and facing the headtube on a frame, so I had it flipped upside down in the repair-stand in order to have easy access to the the bottom side of the head-tube. I then proceeded to install the headset and the fork. Of course I had forgotten to flip the frame around, so when I tried to install a stem I realized it was going to hit the downtube.

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    The year was 1964..... Christmas day..... 8:10 AM

    My parents had bought me and my brother brand new Sears 3 speeds. We got dressed and took them down to "The HILL"..... we started rolling down the hill, my brother got ahead of me by 10 feet, I drafted him, tucked in real close.... 10, 20 30 MPH maybe faster than that, as the crappy three speed bikes had no speedometers.....I came within 2 inches of his rear tire, ready to make my move..... suddenly a cat ran in front of my brother....he hit the brakes..... WHAM... I plowed right into the back of him.....bloody, bruised and laughing our #*@'s off, we pushed the P.O.S.'s back up the hill, never to be ridden again.

    We were put on restriction for 2 weeks, we never got another new bike and we could not even touch a bike for the next 2 years. Little did my parents know.... this would affect me for the balance of my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    Oh yes...
    3. installing a chain without running it through the deraillieur.

    Sounds like the bike was trying to send a message
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    About thirteen years ago, my brother wanted to throw away a rusted old bmx bike. We also didn't like some of our elementary school aged neighbors, so I sabotaged the bike before ditching it.

    Y'know how the old bmx bikes always had a top tube protector pad? I took a pipe cutter and saw and cut off most of the top tube then put the top tube protector back on. We left it in the yard because we knew they'd steal it, and they did. We didn't see any kids crash on it, but a few days later it was back in our yard and the down tube was buckled and the front wheel was choppered out. Thank goodness we didn't get our arses sued off!
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    Idea!

    stripped out the teeth on a isis bb. I turned it counterclockwise with a 3 foot cheater bar and ripped out the the teeth because i thought it was stuck. I didnnt know that side loosened clockwise.

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    metal not vynil

    Riding downtown last night with my son and a freind. We were cruising the sidewalks and I thought I'd stand so I'd ruffle the vinyl awning (spelling?) in front of a store.
    I stood - the awning hung ... BAM! Funny how the metal awnings look so much like vinyl.

    Needless to say my son and freind had to ask me what the **** I was doing. I explained. The rest of the ride every time we came near a store with an awning they were quick to yell out 'metal' or ' vinyl '.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy
    ... the infamous drive into the garage with the bike on the roof rack..
    I've done that. Fortunately the bike wasn't damaged. It was an '84 Jetta with roof gutters and gutter-mounted Thule rack. The bad news is both the roof rack and the car's roof/gutters were damaged. I'd have rather the car would have come out okay and the bike had been damaged. Would have been cheaper.

    That might be the stupidest thing I've done, but the worst thing I've done on a bike was crash. Well, two crashes, actually. The first one happened on a night ride while riding a narrow trail notched into a sheer rock cliff. Because it was pitch black and my light was lousy, I didn't realize the wall was so close to the end of my handlebar, which hit the rock wall, which tipped me outboard and over the edge... a 12' fall netted me four snapped ribs.

    For the next six weeks even the simple act of sneezing brought me to tears.

    The other crash was on a road bike; descending the infamous switchbacks of Eugene's Old Dillard Road nearing the end of an 80 mile road ride. Hot summer day -- I wore only lycra shorts and a t-shirt. I hit gravel while leaned over at 35mph and slid about 50 feet. You know how much skin you can remove from your body sliding across 50 feet of hot, rough asphalt?

    Enough.

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    theft prevention

    I rode the old fixie to Office Depot or Staples, one of those - for supplies. I didn't have a lock, so I used my clever, ghetto methods of undoing the front wheel q/r and unclipping the front brake cable. Boy will that surprise whoever tries to snatch my bike!

    Too bad my ADD kicked in and I walked out of the store completely forgetting what I had done. I rode down a slight grade on the sidewalk towards an intersection when the whole front end went to hell. WTF??? Grab the brake....Doh! I looked like a complete spaz dragging my feet trying to stop the wobbling mofo, then had to look cool like I planned it that way. Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    I rode the old fixie to Office Depot or Staples, one of those - for supplies. I didn't have a lock, so I used my clever, ghetto methods of undoing the front wheel q/r and unclipping the front brake cable. Boy will that surprise whoever tries to snatch my bike!

    Too bad my ADD kicked in and I walked out of the store completely forgetting what I had done. I rode down a slight grade on the sidewalk towards an intersection when the whole front end went to hell. WTF??? Grab the brake....Doh! I looked like a complete spaz dragging my feet trying to stop the wobbling mofo, then had to look cool like I planned it that way. Nice.
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    1st mtn bike, put a 24" nutted hub on the front of a 26" quick release fork. (This is before the little safety tabs were put on the fork dropouts!) Rode down the street, bunny hopped a pothole, wheel rolled on down the street without me, bike and I ate pavement. I thought no one saw, but alas, next week it was in my high school newspaper. (Small town, not much else going on!)

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    Here's just one of many.......

    I recently attached a front Sram XO twistshifter to my buddies rear derailleur and couldn't figure out why the hell it wouldn't shift right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil
    Y'know how the old bmx bikes always had a top tube protector pad? I took a pipe cutter and saw and cut off most of the top tube then put the top tube protector back on. We left it in the yard because we knew they'd steal it, and they did. We didn't see any kids crash on it, but a few days later it was back in our yard and the down tube was buckled and the front wheel was choppered out. Thank goodness we didn't get our arses sued off!
    Drevil, you are truly Dr. Evil.

    Hollywood did you panic and forget about the rear brake (if you did have one), was it fixed or not? Yes you did do a sideways skid that front wheel probably could have got south... including a possible faceplant.

    Ohh BThor! (hold breath in horror), damn boy, concrete sucks and they're stairs... at least the bike came back to give you a hug.
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    Steel... why is it so lovely, even my aluminum hardtail feels harsh on the plush saddle.
    I guess it wasn't so bad after all, the steel bike is still the most reliable bike I have, in SS form reliabilty is ACE!

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    Here's a couple:

    I know that many of you have lost bikes to the garage, but how many have lost them coming OUT of the garage?

    My wife (then gf) was packing up for school, decided that since it was raining, she'd put the bike on and pack the car in the garage. Imagine her surprise when she left the garage to see the bike swinging from the garage door by the saddle, with a complete yakima rack (including ski pod) hanging from the bottom of it. Ruined the frame, dented the car. Too bad it wasn't the last time...

    For me, dumbest thing I've done recently was riding no-handed down a gravel road back the trucks after a ride, a friend of mine decides to pinch me in the ass, causing much gravel induced road rash. It was great washing everything out in the lake after that one, plus some nifty scars to boot (on me and the bike).

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    Back in about '69, I learned that the left pedal is LEFT handed thread after about 3 days of trying to get the threads to start and destroying the crank. In my defense I was only seven years old.........

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    the night before the 1st group road ride of the season...

    i decided to overhaul my bike. so i stripped the whole thing down, cleaned it up and put it back together. unlike my mtb which had a square taper bb my road bike had a splined bb. when i went to put the drive side crank arm back on i had a little trouble getting the splines aligned. i finally got everything back together satisfactorily only to discover i forgot to put the washer back on to the crankbolt. so i pulled the crankarm and reassembled, again having a little trouble getting the splines aligned. by the time i finished with my overhaul project it was dark and late and i was so sick of looking at my bike that i didn't bother taking it out for a test ride.

    flash forward to the next day. i get to the meeting spot for the group ride, take my bike off my car, put the front wheel on, put my shoes on, clip into the non-drive pedal, push off, got to clip into the drive side pedal and *flop* the crank arm drops to about the 4:00 position. DOH!!

    fortunately the ride met at a bike shop so i grab my bike, run into the shop, point to my cranks and say to the mechanic "i have a problem!" he takes my bike from me and as he pulls the crankarm off says to me with a sneer "who put these cranks on?!" in a very small voice i answer "uh, me" the wrench promptly gives me that you-are-my-worst-nightmare look. i immediately hung my head and tried to become invisible.

    fortunately i didn't completely strip the splines and it was possible to realign the crankarm and tighten it down.

    unfortunately, as i turned to leave the shop i forgot that i was wearing bike shoes with road cleats and my feet promptly flew out from under me on the slick linoleum (sp?) floor, my bike went one way, and i went down like a ton of bricks taking out the helmet display in the process!

    the moral of the story is: there is not enough beer in the world to make the guys at the shop forget about that incident!!

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    Who said U cant convert ft. lbs. into in. lbs.

    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    They say every mistake you make working on your bike is like tuition to bike mechanic school. This was easy to do but I had to admire my perseverance. The first time a did a complete bike build, I didn't just do one side, but completely installed the cups and bottom bracket backwards (cross threading the whole way; it's amazing what you can do with a 24" breaker bar ). Fortunately the frame was a little harder than the aluminum cups and I was able to re-dress the threads and install them correctly (and I know for a fact the bike is still in use today and the bottom bracket has never come lose).

    There is also the time I tried pounding off my crank arms with a mallet; oh no, that was DAS ; never mind.

    1G1G, Brad
    well i tried and stripped one of the rotor bolts in my rear CK ISO hub.
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    I almost wet my pants over that last story, good one *rt*!

    When I was getting better and better at wheelying, was able to shift through the drivetrain on one wheel, and even take off a hand to wave to the fans with.
    As a large crowd assembled, I pulled my wheely, waved to the fans, and started to over-pull. So I grap the brake to correct...nothing happens....****, wrong hand on the bar! My small backpack totally broke my fall, I just quickly grinded to a halt, front wheel to the sky. Uneventful crash really, but it looked hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    I almost wet my pants over that last story, good one *rt*!

    When I was getting better and better at wheelying, was able to shift through the drivetrain on one wheel, and even take off a hand to wave to the fans with.
    As a large crowd assembled, I pulled my wheely, waved to the fans, and started to over-pull. So I grap the brake to correct...nothing happens....****, wrong hand on the bar! My small backpack totally broke my fall, I just quickly grinded to a halt, front wheel to the sky. Uneventful crash really, but it looked hilarious.
    hehe. the crankarm/helmet display incident actually got a thorough write up over at passion right after it happened. unfortunately the original story, which had some hilarious responses, got eaten by the archives and disappeared into the ether.

    i liked the part about waving to your fans. hehehe.

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    I had this old trek, and I wanted some more mud clearance. I proceded to remove the bridge between the chainstays. hmm was that there for a reason?? The frame was a lot flexier, and the rear triangle was broken within a few months.

    I tightened a seat collar once just snug enough to turn with some resistance to straighten it, and forgot to tighten it down. Went outside, and rolled down a curb, sitting down and had the whole thing slide all the way down, with me sitting on it.
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    another stupid moment

    when i switched from v-brakes to disks i decided that the v-brake posts on my marz Z-2 were aesthetically un-pleasing. so i removed them. the next day i went out to do pre-ride for my race scheduled the following day. took the bike off the roof of my car, put the front wheel on, leaned on my handlebars and *whump* my fork completely compressed. uhhhhhh.....huh?! turns out those brake posts are structurally integrated into the fork. take them out and you've removed a vital part of your rebound system. whoops.

    i ended up doing my pre-ride on a borrowed bike that was 2 sizes too big, went home & replaced the brake posts. voila, problem solved! unfortunately, i still DNF'ed the race because my pedal stripped out of the crankarm 5 minutes in. sigh.

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    ahhh sew-ups

    Nothing like rocking through a cross race, racing a guy for 4th (or so) , about 3/4 into the race. Coming up to a set of flat triples, very fast, just below the start/finish area. Right foot unclipped, preparing to dismount, about to take that first running step, and the rear tire rolls off of the rim. I didn't stop tumbling until i took out all 3 barriers..

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    1.When i was about 12 we had a freezing rain storm the nite before and I decided it would be fun to ride down the hill in front of our house, a gravel road. Well i get going fine and Iam speeding along and then I try to move over on the road alittle and the wheels went right out from under me. I slid down at least 150ft of the road before finally stopping. My sister found it very funny...
    2.When i was in the Navy we went to Philly for the 4th of July and i was riding to a walmart to get some toiletries and there was a set of railroad tracks set into the road. i was in the turn lane speeding along with traffic and i hit said railroad track rut and the front wheel followed the tracks and me and the bike following me(still clipped in) keep going strait. Hit hard, pick the bike up and ride/limp to walmart's bathroom to clean up(everyone staring at me in horror).

    I'm very carfull around railroad tracks and ice, now.

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    the damn utility knife and the tar pit

    Back in 98, my exgirlfriend needed a massive bike overhaul. So I bought her a low end soospension fork.

    I don't like those little rubber boots on forks, so what do I do? I get the utility knife and start cutting them off. My knife slipped as I was forcing it to cut some tough rubber and it drove itself into my right leg...the whole blade missed a couple of nice and thick/juicy arteries/veins after I took the blade out and took a peek. It began to bleed profusely and I called my mom, who was kind enough to take me to the emergency room for impromptu stitches under my knee.

    The scar is still numb.

    Then, bakc in 84, when I was a young punk living in the tropical town of Fortin de las Flores, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico...a buddy of mine n' me decided that it would be fun to ride on fresh tar. In Mexico back then, when they repaved small country roads, they just used tar, gravel. That's it.

    So Hugo n' me begin going down the hill. All is cool but the tar is hot. The workers looking at us like we were the idiots we were. So on the tar, with the speed I mustered on my blue chrome BMX bike, I started to slip...and I slipped and knocked Hugo down.

    After him swearing at me, onlookers from the local market laughing, I rode home in a very sticky black mess. My young 11 year old legs and arms were covered in tar, and so was my bike.

    Got home. Got yelled by my mom. She didn't let me go inside. I stood out by the maid's patio, ready to be cleaned...with gasoline. Yes, we kept a steel barrel full of gasoline. It dissolved the tar effectively. Then I used the gasoline to clean my bike with a gas soaked rag...if a spark would have happened, I think I wouldn't be typing this now that I think about it.

    Another stupid thing was to use my Look new clipless pedals on their first ride to go to my high school in Libertyville, Illinois. I played with the tension the day before, and I thought that by having them at their tightest, I would ROCK! I didn't test them or anything. So on to school, at the stop light outside the school's intersection, I couldn' tunclip at all, and fell next to a car...and my pride and ego with it.

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    Do not do this!

    I thought I could adjust my deraileure while on the fly, Reach, reach, stretch .... Pothole.
    Exploded my camelback and broke my frame.

    Back at the shop we set a frame on fire trying to remove a X-threaded bb. Never could get that cup out.

    Moving some dead fall off the trail and "TIMBER", right onto my bike = Taco rear wheel.

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    No real bad mechanical incidents (yet), but if I had a dime for every time I toppled down like an idiot in front of a line of cars at a traffic light during that first few weeks of road riding.....Hmm, clipless pedals are adjustable you say???

    Oh, and newbie wheelies with clipless didn't work out so good either. On a road section returning from an MTB ride, I decide to show off my new wheelie skilz. I overpull, can't clip out, go down at about 15mph on the blacktop, and my buddy promptly runs over my arm and my hand gets shredded in his spokes. Ouch.
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    dammit!

    the worst thing I've done to a bike? sell it.

    list of bikes/parts that mr. genius here has sold in the past:

    bontrager road lite with ventana carbon straight blade fork, full dura-ace
    bontrager race lite with shimano skunkworks one-off xt shifter pod perches and one piece riveted bar/stem combo
    guerciotti cross bike with dura-ace barcons and aero post

    sorry, I gotta stop there......

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazy72
    the worst thing I've done to a bike? sell it.

    list of bikes/parts that mr. genius here has sold in the past:

    bontrager road lite with ventana carbon straight blade fork, full dura-ace
    bontrager race lite with shimano skunkworks one-off xt shifter pod perches and one piece riveted bar/stem combo
    guerciotti cross bike with dura-ace barcons and aero post

    sorry, I gotta stop there......
    you sir have taken the cake, particularly with the road lite. Painful.

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    I had a bike with a 1 1/4 headtube in the mid-90s, my first real mtn bike as an adult. I upgraded to a Halsen PDF inverted fork and bought an XTR headset, threaded. Lo and behold I stripped the threads on the damn fork. Whole thing rendered useless, so I try to drill out the headtube to bolt in another one. Even took it to the machine shop guys where I worked (SF Bay model in Sausalito), and we drilled and reamed and heated things up until we had a pile of very expensive (at the time) stuff that I ditched. Then sprung for a nice 1 1/4 Chris King 'Nothreadset' and a Manitou fork.
    Sooo... while Halsen PDF forks do have a bolt which appears to be holding the steertube to the crown, it's actually pressed in with GREAT force.
    And it seems that bigger headtubes and inverted forks have made a comeback! Threaded headsets, thankgod, have not.

    I have also wasted a large amount of time and money building a few wheels...
    Only boring people get bored.

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    Singlespeed

    Seems like everyone trys singlespeed by stripping the gears off an old bike. Well all I had was an old pogo stick, I mean an old Trek Y bike. But I was keen. So I got a singulator and used spacers on the rear wheel. Everything looked great. But the singulator couldn't make up for the amount of slack that old Y bike had in it. So it kept skipping off the rear. I had all kinds of ideas on how I could fix that but the bike had ideas of its own. It sucked that singulator into spokes and spit it out the other side!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plum
    ...My wife (then gf) was packing up for school, decided that since it was raining, she'd put the bike on and pack the car in the garage. Imagine her surprise when she left the garage to see the bike swinging from the garage door by the saddle, with a complete yakima rack (including ski pod) hanging from the bottom of it. Ruined the frame, dented the car. Too bad it wasn't the last time...Plum
    Plum, your wife must be VERY blonde. Please take no offense by this statement. In no way do I mean to demean her. In fact I'm confident by your description of the bike/garage incident that your wife's IQ far exceeds my own. See below. (FWIW I'm blonde, too).

    Anyway, great stuff.

    One time I was driving home from a ride with my custom Bruce Gordon road bike on top of the car with the sunroof open. A bird sh!t through the sunroof -- it spalttered on the top of my head. My wife, sitting beside me, cracked up. I was pissed. This was approximately five minutes prior to my attempt at driving into my garage with my bike still in the roof rack.

    Talk about adding injury to insult... and to think I fell on my own sword.

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    [QUOTE=Sparticus]Plum, your wife must be VERY blonde. Please take no offense by this statement. In no way do I mean to demean her. In fact I'm confident by your description of the bike/garage incident that your wife's IQ far exceeds my own. See below. (FWIW I'm blonde, too).

    Anyway, great stuff.


    It would seem that her lapses would point to blond, but she's actually a red, and she's currently in med school. After the second garage/bike incident though, I was worried. That one only cost a manitou FS TI (ovalized the steerer out of the crown, blew the damper cartridge). She's proving to be a much better student than cartop rack operator.

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    I don't feel so bad

    Got piss drunk while giving the bike a full maintenance. Got it all back together only to realize my brakes were not working. When I realized what I had done I was laughing so loud my room mate (also a cyclist) comes in to see what was so funny. I just looked at my bike and said "what is wrong with this?" I gave him a few minutes to look it over. He was sober at the moment (or not quite as drunk as I was). He turns and looks at me "YOU REVERSED YOUR BRAKE LEVERS!" Left hand lever to rear brake. Then he says "You're going to fix that, aren't you?" I said "Nope, I think I'm going to ride it that way". He says "you're going to kill yourself". A couple years later and three more bikes they are all left hand rear brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS_B
    A couple years later and three more bikes they are all left hand rear brakes.
    You and the entirety of Australia and England and me and a lot of other people that come from motorcycle backgrounds.

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    about half way through last season, at the tour de enumclaw (seattle area if you care). there was a really long downhill, pretty steep, and i was going about 50-55mph down it. the other side of the road was still open, but very little traffic was going along it. i was a bit too close to the center line, just as a semi was hauling up the hill. being my first year racing road, i didnt really know how hard the wind would affect me as the truck went by. well, incase you dont know, a 100mph difference in speed, about 2 feet away hits you hard! it spun me 90degrees clockwise, and *somehow* i managed to get my foot down and save myself from sliding into oncoming traffic. bot my tires had burn marks from sliding sideways, but all i got was a sprained ankle and a pretty sore knee. managed to hold on for 3rd place in the roadrace and 5th overall

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    OK, dumbest thing "on" a bike..

    That's a horse of a different color..

    ...one (actually two) incident(s) come to mind. Years ago I was riding my road bike down Dolan Rd (near Moss Landing in Monterey County, CA) in pouring rain. The location is a long straight road bordered by cow pasture near the PGandE plant. Traveling out of the electric plant is a RR track that crosses the road at a 45 deg angle. I've ridden the road many times before (and since) without incident. Wanting to be careful I turned into the track to cross at a 90 deg angle. Unfortunately I straightened out before I cleared the track and the bicycle's rear tire slid sideways on the wet track and took me down so fast I didn't even know what happened. I landed on my elbow and thought for a few minutes it was broken (probably was, but I never had it X-rayed because I didn?t want to know). Still, I road back and after about a week I could bend my elbow again. Skip ahead another two weeks and I decided to ride Dolan road again. And of course it was raining again. As I came to the railroad track I slowed down carefully turned into the track and wham (a little wham not the a big wham like last time) I went down again?! To this day I don't know why I went down the second time, but my elbow has been mad at me ever since.

    Since then they have paved over the track, but I still get the willies every time I ride on that road.

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    [QUOTE=ernesto_from_Wisconsin]Back in 98, my exgirlfriend needed a massive bike overhaul. So I bought her a low end soospension fork.

    I don't like those little rubber boots on forks, so what do I do? I get the utility knife and start cutting them off. My knife slipped as I was forcing it to cut some tough rubber and it drove itself into my right leg...the whole blade missed a couple of nice and thick/juicy arteries/veins after I took the blade out and took a peek. It began to bleed profusely and I called my mom, who was kind enough to take me to the emergency room for impromptu stitches under my knee.

    The scar is still numb.

    Did something similar to my thumb once. Was using a folding knife to cut away a crank bolt cover and it folded right into my thumb and down to the bone. And this was while camping. Neighbouring campers helped me through the initial shock, then I drove myself to the local clinic to be repaired, just a couple of stiches. Meanwhile my wife returns to the campsite to be told by our daughter that Daddy has cut his thumb off. Wifey was both alarmed and not amused when she spend into the clinic. Thumb tip is still numb.

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