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    Stupid things that you do once, and once only...

    As a co-post with the thread about doing stupid things over and over, I kept coming up with things that I am sure you would only do ONCE... at least I would hope so...
    For me that was driving into a gas station with my ex-wife, and our 2 bikes on a rack on the roof. This was on the Isle Of Man many years ago, and the place had a very low canopy. After extensive and expensive repairs to the bikes, rack, car roof and awning, I think I got it. I bought a hitch rack...
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    Forgetting the helmet at home. I've only done that once. Such a pain in the ass to drive back and get it.
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    ONE TIME, and only one time, I spun my wheel with my finger in the brake rotor.

    Lost a finger nail, but could have been much worse.

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    I was going to say "come here to MTBR" - but that would be more than once.
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    Bunny hop two telephone poles 3 feet apart at the trail entrance. Don't know what possessed me to think I could make it.
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    Tried to bunny-hop a curb on my road bike. Rear tire exploded, rim was ok.
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    Bought a 10 year old Specialized FS 26er. Guess that was 3 things I'll only do once
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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    ONE TIME, and only one time, I spun my wheel with my finger in the brake rotor.

    Lost a finger nail, but could have been much worse.
    Did the same thing and I will promise that I will never do that again on purpose
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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    ONE TIME, and only one time, I spun my wheel with my finger in the brake rotor.
    Now you have nine times left, hehe..

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    I frequently forget to change to the right size tube in my camelbak. Always have the one for the bike I rode yesterday.

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    Took my eyes off the trail while riding on a narrow ledge by the water...oops. Went for a swim where I'd seen some nice sized alligators before. Amazing how fast I scrambled up that steep embankment. Won't do that again.
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    Wiped my a$$ with poison ivy leaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    ONE TIME, and only one time, I spun my wheel with my finger in the brake rotor.

    Lost a finger nail, but could have been much worse.
    i have also done this, i didnt lose a nail but right after i thought... why the hell did i think that would be a good idea
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    Wiped my a$$ with poison ivy leaves.
    hahaha that sucks! i cant imagine how much that sucked

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    Using a teeter-totter as a launch ramp without checking the landing area first. The bike went a little bit sideways off the launch which would've been fine...except for the fact that there was a log ride after the teeter. Let's just say it didn't end well.

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    Piss on an electric fence.

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    Let someone I didn't know ride my new bike

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    Let the wife drive the car into an underground/low overhang garage in pearl city--yup, with the bike on top. smaaaashhhh, craaaack argh.

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    Once I told my wife how much I paid for a part for my raleigh...Never again,

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    Hucked an 8 foot drop on my 4" XC rig.

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    Rode some pretty nasty technical stuff with clipless pedals. After testing my body's ability to blood clot numerous times that day, I went platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiveoboy01 View Post
    Rode some pretty nasty technical stuff with clipless pedals. After testing my body's ability to blood clot numerous times that day, I went platform.
    The first time I rode the Colonnade under I-5 in Seattle I was riding clipless. I was fortunate and didn't bang myself up "too" badly but I too went out and bought flats before the next ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyjack View Post
    Tried to bunny-hop a curb on my road bike. Rear tire exploded, rim was ok.
    Yeah, if only I could post that in this thread. Unfortunately, I've made the "forgot I was riding a road bike" mistake more than once. Sometimes I've gotten lucky, other times not so much. Never lost a rim yet, but have had to use the truing stand on occasion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiveoboy01 View Post
    Rode some pretty nasty technical stuff with clipless pedals. After testing my body's ability to blood clot numerous times that day, I went platform.
    I would think this would be the opposite, except for needing clipless pedals that are easier to unclip. I just make sure pedals are well lubed and springy. But I suppose it also depends on how nasty the technical stuff is. I'm not all that great, so I hoist the bike a lot.
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    Recently I was changing out the Stans goop in a non- UST tire with a conversion kit. Once I finally got the tire to seat and all seamed perfect. I noticed the tire was mounted the wrong direction....URGHH

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    Ride Clipless.

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    You guys are a lot better at learning than I am. I can't think of anything I've done that was stupid that I didn't have occasion to repeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmySlowRdr View Post
    Let the wife drive the car into an underground/low overhang garage in pearl city--yup, with the bike on top. smaaaashhhh, craaaack argh.
    Well at least it was your wife doing it not you. I did that once into a low garage. Fortunately it was just high enough to hit the top of the bars and slide the roof rack, made some noise and I stopped and didn't do much damage. But boy I was kicking myself for that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mace350 View Post
    Once I told my wife how much I paid for a part for my raleigh...Never again,
    If it was a Raleigh that must have been a long time ago. Or you're into vintage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El_Duderino View Post
    Recently I was changing out the Stans goop in a non- UST tire with a conversion kit. Once I finally got the tire to seat and all seamed perfect. I noticed the tire was mounted the wrong direction....URGHH
    You've only done that once!? Well I catch it before the sealant goes in but it seems like I mount the tire going the wrong way about 1 out of 3 times.

    Not as bad as trying to put a fitted sheet on a mattress though. I was thinking a couple of days ago that in all the times I have done that in my life I don't think I have ever gotten it right the first time. You would think the law of averages would let me win some times.

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    Let "just a little bit" of air out of my fork...

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    Turning up to a 30km XC race and realizing I'd left my camelbak at home.Which was 180km's from the race location. In the middle of summer.
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    Lean my leg up against my rear disk after bombing down the Kamikaze........

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    Quote Originally Posted by loopsb View Post
    Lean my leg up against my rear disk after bombing down the Kamikaze........
    Did it leave a rotor-shaped scar?


    Coming into a double teeter too fast and being at the end of the second one before it dropped is something I hope to hell I never repeat. 6 foot drop to flat off a moving lip was not fun. I somehow managed to put both wheels on the ground before I crashed, which took the edge off, but the fright was enough to permanently sear it into my brain.

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    I used to have Ksyrium Elite wheels (with the bladed spokes) on my road bike. I once was coasting downhill at about 20mph when my speedo quit working. I though, "I'll just reach down there and push the sensor closer to the wheel" 13 stitches later I still have a finger.

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    By a road bike. Bought in moment of weakness during late winter doldrums. Now I have to sell the dang thing

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    First mtn bike in '94, loaded onto a trunk rack. I forgot to tie the frame to the rack, so as I accelerated down the highway I saw the frame in my rearview mirror start sliding further and further to the back of the mount bar. Those rack engineers earned their money and my respect that day, having the forethought to bend up the ends of the mount bars just a few inches. Who knew?!? Hmm... That detail saved my bike and a highway-related catastrophe. Needless to say, I quickly braked and remedied my error. I felt like an idiot and kept my mouth shut - until now!
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    Wow. My thing is relatively harmless in comparison to some of these. Quite a few times, I change into bike clothes and leave my house keys in my regular clothes. I come home from the ride and can't get in the house. I really don't care when it's nice out.
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    Saying "Let's just take one more run"; never again will these words come out of my mouth when skiing or riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointerDixie214 View Post
    ONE TIME, and only one time, I spun my wheel with my finger in the brake rotor.

    Lost a finger nail, but could have been much worse.
    I lost a nail to the rotor, too. Not exactly sure what happened (putting the bike on the roof rack, slid it forward while I must have been using the rotor to stabilize or something), but it cut my nail clean off before I knew what happened.

    Now I put the bike in the back of the truck. Much better...
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    Took both hands off the bars on a rocky descent when a bee flew behind my sunglasses and stung me in the corner of my eye. Then I got catapulted an instant later when the bars crossed up. And this was about 5 minutes into the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by modifier View Post
    If it was a Raleigh that must have been a long time ago. Or you're into vintage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Wow. My thing is relatively harmless in comparison to some of these. Quite a few times, I change into bike clothes and leave my house keys in my regular clothes. I come home from the ride and can't get in the house. I really don't care when it's nice out.
    Stupid things that you do once, and once only...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post
    Saying "Let's just take one more run"; never again will these words come out of my mouth when skiing or riding.
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    Try to get a leaf/twig out of the front wheel/spokes while riding by sticking my toe in there.....When I was a kid....on pavement....ouch. Endo, broken spokes, bent wheel, and friends laughing at me. Never again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaLL6 View Post
    Stupid things that you do once, and once only...
    Ooops. You're right. Forgot my Camelbak ONCE. No water, tools, pump or patch kit for a 12 mile ride.
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    So I had another thing that I forgot to mention. Problem is, I should probably be posting this in the other thread about doing them more than once... I left the zipper undone on my seat pack a few weeks ago, and my Crank Bros 19 way multi tool bounced out somewhere on a long ride, and I wasn't about to go back and check... So, I bought another, and resolved to ALWAYS check the zipper... I was out on Saturday, and when I got home, the same thing had happened!!! F**K! Now I KNOW I had checked the zipper when I left, so it must have worked its way loose on the bumps... I will NEVER let that happen again...
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    Went riding once without any water, proceeded to pass out and slide my right shin against my platform peddle as I went down. Still have the scar...

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    1, Forgot my front wheel. Went back home and got the wheel. Rode 1/4 mile and then tacoed the wheel. Should have stayed home that day.

    2. Forgot my bike. Didn't realize it until I was halfway across town.
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    no matter how late you are running heading out to a local race with buddies DO NOT let them opt to try and go #1 in a gatorade bottle in your car en route while on an offroad path.

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    let a shirt wrapped around my handle bar fall into the front wheel and do an endo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Try to get a leaf/twig out of the front wheel/spokes while riding by sticking my toe in there.....When I was a kid....on pavement....ouch. Endo, broken spokes, bent wheel, and friends laughing at me. Never again!
    Wearing flip flops, I wanted to see what would happen if I put my foot on the front tire while riding on the side walk. I endo'd and suffered some road rash. I was maybe 7 or 8 at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bholman View Post
    Piss on an electric fence.
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    I rented a NEXT beach cruiser from the Holiday Inn and broke the crank off. I wont ever ride NEXT again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdouble View Post
    By a road bike. Bought in moment of weakness during late winter doldrums. Now I have to sell the dang thing

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    Hmm.. interesting that you would list buying a road bike as a mistake you'll only make once, and but use a quote in your sig that's from a former road bike racer.

    My stupid thing (that I hope I'll never do again) is leaving my Garmin on top my car and driving off. Not only did it fall off the car, but when I realized my mistake (an hour away) and went back to get it, I discovered that I had driven over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Ron Hoover View Post
    Coming into a double teeter too fast and being at the end of the second one before it dropped is something I hope to hell I never repeat. 6 foot drop to flat off a moving lip was not fun. I somehow managed to put both wheels on the ground before I crashed, which took the edge off, but the fright was enough to permanently sear it into my brain.
    I've had that happen to me a few times on large single teeters. They seem to tip fast enough when I'm walking them but they sometimes don't drop in time when I'm riding them. There's been a few times when I've had to trackstand near the end and pray for the darn thing to drop faster or do a desperation sidehop or wheelie drop to flat when I know I can't keep my balance long enough. After the last time it happened a year ago, I now refuse to ride teeter totters that are more than shoulder high.

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    My mom bought me Kranked 2 for Christmas in 1998. January, 1999, went to hospital with dislocated shoulder(ultimately needing surgery after a few more dislocations in subsequent months.) I have never, nor will ever build something without properly fastening the boards down, with something crazy and tried and true like screws or even nails!!!so dumb...haha!!!!

    I will never rest my front wheel behind a vehicle again as I load.

    I will never let someone else, anyone, work on my bike.

    I will never break up a dog fight again at a trailhead, or anywhere for that matter.

    I will never go to Moab or Fruita again without the guide books I already bought.

    I will never take either of my hands off the bar to give the finger to a friend talking smack at me from the chairlift above. My friend won.

    I never, ever, will not follow my heart again. When it speaks, I listen.

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    drove 2 hours to a race without my helmet. pretty stupid

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    Ate a Blackberry GU right after I brushed my teeth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    So I had another thing that I forgot to mention. Problem is, I should probably be posting this in the other thread about doing them more than once... I left the zipper undone on my seat pack a few weeks ago, and my Crank Bros 19 way multi tool bounced out somewhere on a long ride, and I wasn't about to go back and check... So, I bought another, and resolved to ALWAYS check the zipper... I was out on Saturday, and when I got home, the same thing had happened!!! F**K! Now I KNOW I had checked the zipper when I left, so it must have worked its way loose on the bumps... I will NEVER let that happen again...
    That's the nice thing about riding at night. Any time I ever lost anything on a night ride, I always find it on the way back. Granted, I do an out and back, not a real long ride like you're sayin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn.skratch View Post
    My mom bought me Kranked 2 for Christmas in 1998. January, 1999, went to hospital with dislocated shoulder(ultimately needing surgery after a few more dislocations in subsequent months.) I have never, nor will ever build something without properly fastening the boards down, with something crazy and tried and true like screws or even nails!!!so dumb...haha!!!!

    I will never rest my front wheel behind a vehicle again as I load.

    I will never let someone else, anyone, work on my bike.

    I will never break up a dog fight again at a trailhead, or anywhere for that matter.

    I will never go to Moab or Fruita again without the guide books I already bought.

    I will never take either of my hands off the bar to give the finger to a friend talking smack at me from the chairlift above. My friend won.

    I never, ever, will not follow my heart again. When it speaks, I listen.
    I LOL'd at the dogfight one. I used to have two Shepherd-Pitbull mix brothers. One day, they were going at it I guess to see which one was going to be the Alpha leader. My father, brother and I tried to break them up before they hurt each other. I was the only one that got hurt.
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    Not mine but my friends....
    Him saying.. "i wonder if anyone has every fallen off that cliff while turning that corner"
    he then proceeds to take the corner recklessly and falls 20 ft.
    He popped up like a daisy but sure as heck coulda nearly died.
    Never again for him.

    I just watched.

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    Way back in the day I had a seized front fork. I neglected it terribly. Mid ride it compressed and never came back up. No matter what I tried I couldn't get it to return. So, I cut the ride short and rode back to the car with a bottomed out front fork. It was a Judy XC.

    I pulled the lower legs off when I got home (as I knew the cartridge had failed) and flipped the fork over to remove the cir-clip which held the cartridge in place - looking into the lowers as I did so. As soon as I squeezed the cir-clip inward !!!!!!!!BANG!!!!!

    The cartridge exploded (it was under ENORMOUS pressure) and blew smelly-a$$ oil/water/dirt into my face, hair, ear, mouth (luckily I wear glasses) and launched internal parts all over the basement. There was even oil dripping from the ceiling. I dropped everything out of shock as it happened so fast and my wife came down to see what the hell that was. It was like a gun shot.

    I got seriously lucky on that one. I could have been injured pretty bad for something so stupid (on my part). I now always point things away from me if there is any potential of a release like that.

    Worst of all, I had to repaint the freaking ceiling after a good wash.
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    I had no idea. Haven't heard the name for a long time and haven't seen one for many years.

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    Two things, only one time to learn them

    Forgetting my front wheel at home after putting the bike on a roof rack. I got lucky since the park where we went let me rent a front wheel from their rental bikes.

    Driving through a fast food restaurant drive thru forgetting the bikes were on the roof. Fortunately, the bikes were full suspension so the sagged when the roof pushed down on the seats. It was the loud "snapping" sound that the bike made when I cleared the roof that made me realize what had just happened.

    Those were one of several reasons why I switched over to a hitch mounted rack.
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    True stories:

    1: I was working at a shop that did classic bike restorations. We just re-did up this nice old Tommasini bike with new paint and components. To make the bike extra-pretty the boss Armor-All'ed the tires for some reason. Then he asked me to test ride it. Being that this was a sprinter's bike (Columbus SLX/SPX tubing) I decided to wind one up in the parking lot. At the end of the lot I went to corner onto the street and have never had a bike come out from under me so quickly. It and I clobbered the dumpster on the corner. Top tube crumpled-Uh oh. Won't ride a bike with Armor-alled tires any more.

    2. At the same shop another year a customer asked me to show him how to properly re-mount a cyclocross bike. It was hot and I was wearing very baggy shorts, no underwear (important to the rest of the story) and flip-flops (also important). So I ride up at speed, hop off, take a few steps and go for the re-mount. This is where things went awry. Tripped (flip-flops), shorts caught on back of saddle denying me and sending me onto the back wheel. When it was all said and done I had skinned the bottom of my foot, burned my arse on the tire, and since I was wearing loose shorts with no underwear, the fellas got sucked in between the straddle cable and tire. Yeeooww! Won't do that again either. Any part of it. Worst part was that it messed up my remount for about 5 years because that was in the back of my head all of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ska View Post
    Way back in the day I had a seized front fork. I neglected it terribly. Mid ride it compressed and never came back up. No matter what I tried I couldn't get it to return. So, I cut the ride short and rode back to the car with a bottomed out front fork. It was a Judy XC.

    I pulled the lower legs off when I got home (as I knew the cartridge had failed) and flipped the fork over to remove the cir-clip which held the cartridge in place - looking into the lowers as I did so. As soon as I squeezed the cir-clip inward !!!!!!!!BANG!!!!!

    The cartridge exploded (it was under ENORMOUS pressure) and blew smelly-a$$ oil/water/dirt into my face, hair, ear, mouth (luckily I wear glasses) and launched internal parts all over the basement. There was even oil dripping from the ceiling. I dropped everything out of shock as it happened so fast and my wife came down to see what the hell that was. It was like a gun shot.

    I got seriously lucky on that one. I could have been injured pretty bad for something so stupid (on my part). I now always point things away from me if there is any potential of a release like that.

    Worst of all, I had to repaint the freaking ceiling after a good wash.
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    "how fast do these disk brakes stop?". Answer - faster than my old, slow ass can keep up....... Wrenched my shoulder pretty thoroughly...


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    Forgetting the bike was on the rack and pulling into the garage. Scraped the rack, bike and all, off the car. -_-

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    Uggg....

    forgot my camelbak bladder in the fridge 2 days ago, stopped for a ride after work, had backpack but no bladder! Annoying! Still went for ride with gatoraid bottle in backpack hehe.

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    didnt secure my livingroom bike rack to the ceiling well enough (actually i blame my boyfriend). The rack fell down with two bikes on it while i was at work. I came home to find the mess on the floor, a big chip in my coffee table, and a bent wheel on the road bike. that suckah is SECURE now!!!! damn thing would have probably impaled the dog had she been in the way of the crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ska View Post
    Way back in the day I had a seized front fork. I neglected it terribly. Mid ride it compressed and never came back up. No matter what I tried I couldn't get it to return. So, I cut the ride short and rode back to the car with a bottomed out front fork. It was a Judy XC.

    I pulled the lower legs off when I got home (as I knew the cartridge had failed) and flipped the fork over to remove the cir-clip which held the cartridge in place - looking into the lowers as I did so. As soon as I squeezed the cir-clip inward !!!!!!!!BANG!!!!!

    The cartridge exploded (it was under ENORMOUS pressure) and blew smelly-a$$ oil/water/dirt into my face, hair, ear, mouth (luckily I wear glasses) and launched internal parts all over the basement. There was even oil dripping from the ceiling. I dropped everything out of shock as it happened so fast and my wife came down to see what the hell that was. It was like a gun shot.

    I got seriously lucky on that one. I could have been injured pretty bad for something so stupid (on my part). I now always point things away from me if there is any potential of a release like that.

    Worst of all, I had to repaint the freaking ceiling after a good wash.
    Pretty much the same thing. Started working on a manitou minute for the first time. Got distracted, did a few other items around the house when I came back to the project. Sure enough I forgot where I was and in a rush didn't let the air out.
    BAMMM would be an understatement!! Left a dent in my garage door.

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    Well when I use to ride flat pedals, I could wheelie for a mile.

    When I went clipless, i was flying down the trail and did the normal wheelie over a puddle or something, and I flipped backwards and................that ****ing hurt! Being clipped in while sliding on your back with a bike.
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    Try to convince a friend a Walmart bike will kill them on technical trails.

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    1) Thinking I could ride a trail significantly faster than usual…

    I had committed wnkd time to help my teenage daughter with something and didn’t really have time for a ride… unless I could ride significantly faster than usual. So of course since I merely wanted to, I could do that… not!

    After getting back to the car a little faster than usual… but still late… I quickly got my cell phone out, put my Bluetooth earpiece in, set the phone down on the rear bumper and talked to my daughter while I was putting the bike on the rack and packing up the car…

    2) Then in a rush to get home, I drove home with the cell phone on the rear bumper of the car where I left it.

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    Left my nice Oakley M-Frames sitting on the trunk of my car and drove home. Oops.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwiplague View Post
    Turning up to a 30km XC race and realizing I'd left my camelbak at home.Which was 180km's from the race location. In the middle of summer.
    Not exactly my finest moment.
    My buddy and I have a saying, you could even call it a mantra...

    "shoes, helmet, camelbak?"

    Before leaving for the riding destination and before heading home we both ask eachother.

    You can have a great ride after forgetting just about everything else, tools, pump, gloves, glasses . But shoes, helmet and hydration are pretty much vital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dobovedo View Post
    I would think this would be the opposite, except for needing clipless pedals that are easier to unclip. I just make sure pedals are well lubed and springy. But I suppose it also depends on how nasty the technical stuff is. I'm not all that great, so I hoist the bike a lot.
    In hindsight I probably could have ridden the stuff clipless, my skill is improving.

    The trails I found to ride yesterday, are so rocky and technical that clipless is a sure formula for near death

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    See if going a little bit faster will make for a better endo...

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    Taking my Specialized Hardrock (entry-level XC) onto an intermediate dirt jump course, without prior experience. Or a helmet.

    Ended up fracturing two metacarpals (middle and ring finger) in my right hand.

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    Got to the top of tech Milagrosa Trail and found I didn't have a helmet.
    Drove the 9 hours to Gooseberry Mesa and learned by biking shoes wern't in the car, or Utah.
    Drove to Flagstaff once to ski and my packed suitcase didn't make it into the car!
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    Grabbed both brakes as hard as I could to stop my mountain bike. That's how I was used to stopping my BMX bike at the time because the brakes were terrible. After flipping over the bars I sat dazed and confused as to how I was sitting with my butt on the ground and my bike was rolling away from my.

    Also forgetting to strap my bike into the hitch rack. Was driving down the road and noticed the bike bouncing in the rear view. That could've been an expensive mistake.
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    Jeez...got married.

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    Also tossed my way cool Oakley Factory Pilots at a guy who LOOKED like my shop owner during a hill climb time trial. They were soaked with sweat and I couldnt see out of them...never saw them again. Go figure.

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    Put the rear wheel of my bike between my truck tire and wheel well, which I never do. Then decided I was going to move my truck. Went about 6 inches and realized it wasn't in the truck bed.

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    Hi all, I'm new to this forum. Putting my $3600 recumbent tricycle (21 speed, with disc brakes, in 1980!) on the roof of my car and then ... driving into a low clearance parking garage. Painful memory.

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    I tightened a Torx bolt using a hex and, duh, stripped it

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    I'm amazed at how many people have forgotten the bikes were on top and tried to drive into a garage or under an awning, etc... I thought I was the only one who forgot things like that.

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    These are all really good. I feel better now knowing it's not just me that does silly things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweatyYeti View Post
    I tightened a Torx bolt using a hex and, duh, stripped it
    Man if that is all you have ever done that you regret you my friend have lived a charmed life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAL67 View Post
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    took a leak without washing my hands after trail maintenance...poison ivy. not fun!
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    Shoving your $5000 D-SLR (or anything of value) in your Camelbak when you're a noob. Risky business.

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    Tried riding down one of those steep/narrow staircases to the apartments above a mom and pop store. You know the ones...

    Got about a bike length and a half down, hanging off the back as far as I could, and still had that 'bout to endo feeling. I reached up and snagged the 2nd floor railing and my body slammed into the wall. I watched in horror as my bike unclipped, and stayed perfectly centered, screaming down the staircase. Right through the door it went. It hit the sidewalk with speed, bouncing like a basketball, front tire to back, aimed straight for the busy street.

    It clipped a trash can at the street edge, knocking over my friend's brand new Giant, but thankfully it never made the street. I was younger and stupider back then(yesterday ).

    I told both my riding buddies to kick me in the nuts if I ever tried something that stupid again. And I meant it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THowie View Post
    I'm amazed at how many people have forgotten the bikes were on top and tried to drive into a garage or under an awning, etc... I thought I was the only one who forgot things like that.
    Nope, I did it too. Tried to drive into my garage with my bike on the rack.
    Didn't work out so well.

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    I was caught sniffing a really hot MTB Betty's pungent saddle
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave54 View Post
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    Someone will always find a way to bring politics into this... please no more...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUSTELO View Post
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    ...and this is sad and disgusting...
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    Four guys... four mtbs... two cars. Hey here's a great idea... let's park one car at the bottom of the mountain, get in the other one and drive to the top... that way when we're done riding the amazingly long down hill single track we can drive up and retrieve the second car. Guess what... both sets of keys were left in the second car at the top of the mountain (Ishimaki in central Japan). Four very tired guys riding back up the mountian. Everyone didnt need to but we all felt bad for the guy that left his keys up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Svahn View Post
    2. At the same shop another year a customer asked me to show him how to properly re-mount a cyclocross bike. It was hot and I was wearing very baggy shorts, no underwear (important to the rest of the story) and flip-flops (also important). So I ride up at speed, hop off, take a few steps and go for the re-mount. This is where things went awry. Tripped (flip-flops), shorts caught on back of saddle denying me and sending me onto the back wheel. When it was all said and done I had skinned the bottom of my foot, burned my arse on the tire, and since I was wearing loose shorts with no underwear, the fellas got sucked in between the straddle cable and tire. Yeeooww! Won't do that again either. Any part of it. Worst part was that it messed up my remount for about 5 years because that was in the back of my head all of the time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
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    Was riding with a couple of friends on a paved trail - decided to ride slightly ahead of them to take a photo. While riding one-handed, I turned around to snap the photo and immediately rode off the side of the trail. Had I just kept going, I would have been okay, but I tried to correct by steering back onto the trail (still one-handed). However, the trail at this point is a good foot above the surface that I was on. I was probably going about 15mph at the time, hit the edge of the asphalt which jerked my handbars 90 degrees. Came to a dead stop, endo'ed and hit my face on the edge of the asphalt.

    It was amazing how quickly it happened and how little time I had to react. It was like, "turn, snap photo, flip, BAM on my face." Fortunately I escaped that incident with just a bruise on my face, no concussion, and nothing else broken. Scared the crap out of my friends, though.

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    Propped the bike up with a stick under the pedal to take a picture...on the edge of a 20-30 foot cliff...above the lake...on a windy day.

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    Only once? Lucky...

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    I placed my new fork in to the head tube fitted the top of the head set and thought perfect, cut the excess steerer tube flush, "but wait, where are the handle bars?"
    It was a hard day at work and lost all my senses. Never again.

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