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    Default Another Bicycle Part Broken

    My evening commute became a multi-modal (biking and walking) when I somehow disabled my hybrid commuter bike.

    As far as I can explain, I was riding westbound on Walter Reed Dr about to start climbing up the short hill to the King St intersection. I geared down to my lowest gear, but as I started pedaling hard, I felt the chain fall off the inside of the chainring. What followed was the chain going all the way to the axle, the derailleur pulley getting pulled into the rear wheel spokes, the bending of my front chainring, and my nearly immediate slowdown to a halt. Luckily, I did not crash, especially since I was where the right lane splits into the straight and right turn lanes, and I'm sure even with all my lights/reflective gear/size some driver would still probably not see me in time. I pulled onto the sidewalk just where the Lucky Run Trail ends (north side of Walter Reed Dr) to inspect it, and the damage had certainly been done.

    I SWEAR, I DON'T KNOW HOW I DO THESE THINGS SOMETIMES

    I had to pull the chain out and put the bike into a higher speed just to get the rear derailleur pulley out of the spokes so I could then walk the bike home. I was only 1.8 miles from home, and I like walking anyways, so I went on foot to get home. Tomorrow I will take a trip to the bike shop, as I had only ridden ~400 miles on this after having replaced the crankset, chain, and rear cassette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    My evening commute became a multi-modal (biking and walking) when I somehow disabled my hybrid commuter bike.

    As far as I can explain, I was riding westbound on Walter Reed Dr about to start climbing up the short hill to the King St intersection. I geared down to my lowest gear, but as I started pedaling hard, I felt the chain fall off the inside of the chainring. What followed was the chain going all the way to the axle, the derailleur pulley getting pulled into the rear wheel spokes, the bending of my front chainring, and my nearly immediate slowdown to a halt. Luckily, I did not crash, especially since I was where the right lane splits into the straight and right turn lanes, and I'm sure even with all my lights/reflective gear/size some driver would still probably not see me in time. I pulled onto the sidewalk just where the Lucky Run Trail ends (north side of Walter Reed Dr) to inspect it, and the damage had certainly been done.

    I SWEAR, I DON'T KNOW HOW I DO THESE THINGS SOMETIMES

    I had to pull the chain out and put the bike into a higher speed just to get the rear derailleur pulley out of the spokes so I could then walk the bike home. I was only 1.8 miles from home, and I like walking anyways, so I went on foot to get home. Tomorrow I will take a trip to the bike shop, as I had only ridden ~400 miles on this after having replaced the crankset, chain, and rear cassette.

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    After seeing that, I'm starting to wonder if your screen name should change to "strong like bob85"

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    Be very thankful it didn't happen while going downhill!

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    Oh, that's an awesome bit o' chainsuck and chainring break. Glad you were okay and that you like walking.

    I've put a rear derailleur into the spokes before (resulting in miles of walking out of the woods), and below is a pic of my most recent chainring break, so while you may feel like you're the only one, you're not. Bike abusers unite!

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    This is why I keep my quads under control

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    [QUOTE=huskerdont;148944]Oh, that's an awesome bit o' chainsuck and chainring break. Glad you were okay and that you like walking.

    I've put a rear derailleur into the spokes before (resulting in miles of walking out of the woods), and below is a pic of my most recent chainring break, so while you may feel like you're the only one, you're not. Bike abusers unite!

    I did that too two years ago, new wheel, new derailleur and new chain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    This is why I keep my quads under control
    But Hulk angry!

    (JK. I'm 160 pounds wet.)

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    Default It's called "Meant Time to Failure"

    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    I SWEAR, I DON'T KNOW HOW I DO THESE THINGS SOMETIMES

    I had to pull the chain out and put the bike into a higher speed just to get the rear derailleur pulley out of the spokes so I could then walk the bike home. I was only 1.8 miles from home, and I like walking anyways, so I went on foot to get home. Tomorrow I will take a trip to the bike shop, as I had only ridden ~400 miles on this after having replaced the crankset, chain, and rear cassette.
    Sorry to hear about your mishap, but this is a classic case of Mean Time to Failure (MTTF). MTTF is used for non-repairable products. When MTTF is used as a measure, repair is not an option.

    Your predicament reminds me when I had to replace my ceramic bottom bracket twice last year. I replaced the bottom bracket early in the spring and gave out by mid-summer. I think the bottom bracket only lasted for couple thousand miles.

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    Default Milling About on the Trail

    This called for much ringing of the bell and perhaps a little elbow sweep.
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    Default Update: Bike Fixed!

    I've got wonderful news as of this evening: my bike got repaired!

    I took it to the bike shop this afternoon and was expecting to have to leave it while parts were ordered. Much to my surprise, the mechanic took the chainring off, got out a mallet, whacked it back into shape, and said everything else was fine! There was no damage to the frame, chain, crankset, or rear wheel (spokes will need to be adjusted). I was able to ride it home, too, with no issues.

    The only things I need to do to the bike are to tighten some of the spokes, get a new chain guard, and to only change gears one at a time (the mechanic demonstrated the very thing I had done to mess things up, so I understand now).

    A big sigh of relief from me was had because I really thought the situation was far, far worse

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