Saturday, September 16, 2006

Bike Bloopers!

I wish I had a video camera to show some bloopers of my recent experience on and off the bike. It would be one of those where you laugh but it really isn't funny.

The first 'nutty' thing I attempted on the bike was to put a popped chain back on the bike. One afternoon I decided that it's about time to see my chain sparkle in the sun so I gave it a good cleaning. After cleaning it the chain came undone from the front chain ring. Rather than putting it back on I had the wild idea that I could get on my bike shift the front derailer all the way over to the big chain ring and after a couple pedal rotations the chain would go back on without me getting my hands dirty. I have put the chain back on before using this method. Well, I hopped on my bike, clipped my shoes into my pedals, shifted the front derailer over, and I began to pedal like crazy. But...I wasn't going anywhere and it was one of those s-l-o-w motion moments where I could see myself falling down. Ouch! I got a nice knot on my knee. I think I was more amused at the dumb idea and made a mental note NEVER to do that again.

The second 'nutty' thing I did happened today while I was out running 15 miles with my lovely wife accompanying me on her bike. We were clipping at a good pace around 6:35 per mile. She had a jacket tied around her waist and it came undone. She needed both hands to tie the jacket and we did what we normally do when driving in the car and someone needs both hands to do something (god knows what). The other person leans over and with one hand steers the car. She took her hands off the wheel and while running next to her I grabbed the wheel with one hand and she began to tie her jacket. But...She lost balance and began to lean away from me and the s-l-o-w motion thing happened. Ouch! I felt so bad and with sorrow I apologized. She got some bumps and bruises but was ok. We immediately realized how dumb the idea was and vowed NEVER to do that again. Good thing no one was around to get a good laugh or to film any of these bike bloopers.

9 comments:

JeffM said...

If I remember correctly you did the chain back on trick while in a race once? Videos would've have been great!

Jodi said...

I find your stories hilarious only because I've done such similar things myself! Sometimes I wonder if its only me that gets weekly brain farts. Thanks for making me feel less lonely! :)

Great seeing you on the course today. You were looking very strong. Wonderful race!

:)

Jodi

neese said...

LOL!!! you are right, funny but not... at least you guys will have it in your memory bank of "remember when..?"'s

Cliff said...

..hehe :)..sometimes it is these silly moments that make life interesting.

And my life has been very interesting......

Flatman said...

hilarious stuff!

E-Speed said...

awwe hope your both okay after the bumps!

Lana said...

Too funny...and what makes it so funny is that I've done the first one myself!! Ouch!

Hope you guys are okay!

triboomer said...

How about some video reenactments? You could put them up on YouTube. ;-)

Stay tuned...

Michele said...

Those are great stories. I have never tried the first one and think that now I never will.