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They're always oppressing me [Nov. 17th, 2008|02:56 pm]
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The bike shop called to tell me they managed to un-pretzel my frame. I actually had help breaking it for a change. I was walking past Lee behind him in the parking lot and he started walking backwards and tripped over my bike. He bent up my wheel badly. Enough so that I had to bang it against the curb to straighten it enough to ride.

I didn't realize till this morning, partway to work that it was the *frame* that was bent.

I turned around and went home at that point, called my boss and told her I would work from home Friday.

The truly sad part is we were all stone sober, just hanging around in the QFC waiting for people to finish up.

My rear triangle looked a bit like this:

That's why Ben (who was trying to help me fix it) kept muttering about my wheel dish being off. The frame is off, not the wheel. But we couldn't see it in the dark.

The thing that gave me a chuckle was what the bike shop said when they called to tell me my bike was done.

Mechanic: "You know the rear wheel is unsafe, the braking surface is totally concave."
Me: "No no no, I've got 1.8mm of rim left, that's at least 0.8mm more than minimum safety margin.[1]"

I did end up assuring her that I had decided to swap the rim regardless. Between Lee falling on it, the fact that it has had a lot of braking surface worn off and other things, it's probably time to change it. It doesn't hurt I have a spare rim to hand to do it with, so I don't even have to go buy anything.

[1] Yes, I actually have a caliper just for this.

[User Picture]From: dovinia
2008-11-17 11:41 pm (UTC)
shit, I'm supposed to be measuring my rims for wear?

I'm probably so fucked. hah!
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[User Picture]From: zuvembi
2008-11-17 11:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I've never actually managed to wear one out from braking yet. But one day, one day! I hope to actually do that. They always get crunched before that happens.

Usually I'm the one who crunches them though...
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[User Picture]From: ouij
2008-11-17 11:43 pm (UTC)
I call shenanigans on the caliper. I have a caliper NOT just for shit like that, but for a million other uses.

Seriously, I can't imagine what my life was like before I got some calipers.
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[User Picture]From: zuvembi
2008-11-17 11:52 pm (UTC)
Pfft, no no no, I got a special caliper just to measure rim wear. You can't do that with a regular vernier caliper (unless you have special tips for it).
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