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    Default You've gotta be kidding me...

    Swapping out some parts tonight, and I take off my chain at the quick link.

    Decided it was a good idea to put it in a tupperware container and give it a good clean in degreaser. As I was cleaning it, I thought, "look, the quick link came apart."

    5 minutes later, said quick link half link went down the drain.

    Luckily I had an old one that the friendly wrench at the LBS told me I should keep for a road emergency. Hopefully mixing an older quick link with my newer chain won't cause an explosion...

    In addition to that, my car's muffler died today. That brings the total of car related expenses to just about $2K for my summer. Third thing this summer. Car has 200K miles (92 Camry) and still gives me 30 mpg if I don't drive like an idiot.

    Atleast this time I didn't get stranded 70 miles from home after a race.

    Yes, I did what any self respecting roadie would do in a situation like that.

    I biked home.

    Also got pulled over by a cop because I ended up on the highway.

    That's a whole 'nuther story though...

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    TGIF. Have a better weekend.

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    Default Arrgghh

    Whew. Cars, cops and quick links all in one day. Best of luck towards the weekend. Cars are and always will be money pits. I have one that needs front brakes, a clutch and tires at the moment. Instead, I just bought a new IF SSR.

    Priorities. Check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by th_boone View Post
    Whew. Cars, cops and quick links all in one day. Best of luck towards the weekend. Cars are and always will be money pits. I have one that needs front brakes, a clutch and tires at the moment. Instead, I just bought a new IF SSR.

    Priorities. Check.
    Can I get an Amen

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    you should be able to buy a new link at the LBS.

    a shop here only charges me $5 for the 10s power link...i bought a few of them for those rough times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yodelinpol View Post
    Can I get an Amen
    Got one!

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    So the connecting link I installed last night was a SRAM.

    It just keeps getting better and better:

    http://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum...ead.php?t=9224


    (They've been recalled...)

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    There's no trap in the drain you can open to try to retrieve the link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaestroXC View Post
    There's no trap in the drain you can open to try to retrieve the link?
    I looked under the drain. There probably is a trap, but I'm going to have to take it apart to get in there.

    Edit: Looked again. The drain just goes straight down till it loops around. There's nothing I see that can be mistaken for a trap. Oh well, atleast it's not a ring...

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    You're saving up your luck for that stage race.
    Aiming to KICK cancer's butt this time around
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    I looked under the drain. There probably is a trap, but I'm going to have to take it apart to get in there.

    Edit: Looked again. The drain just goes straight down till it loops around. There's nothing I see that can be mistaken for a trap. Oh well, atleast it's not a ring...
    one of your mechanic pals might have a magnetic wand you could use to retrieve the link with little effort. I have one but I don't think you're in San Diego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Robb View Post
    one of your mechanic pals might have a magnetic wand you could use to retrieve the link with little effort. I have one but I don't think you're in San Diego.
    It's all good.

    I'm taking in my bike to the shop today anyway. I need some shifter cables, and I need to swap out the SRAM link because of the recall.

    I'm going to leave work early today and just there and fix stuff up.

    Once I install bar tape, it's time for an hour and a half to 2 hours of hill repeats. Tomorrow easy 1-2 hr ride, and a road race sunday. Yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyChix View Post
    You're saving up your luck for that stage race.
    Heh, thanks.

    But unfortunately, it's going to be a race of survival. I'm doing it knowing that. I need to get better at road races, and the only way to do that is to train hard and do more of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    It's all good.

    I'm taking in my bike to the shop today anyway. I need some shifter cables, and I need to swap out the SRAM link because of the recall.

    I'm going to leave work early today and just there and fix stuff up.

    Once I install bar tape, it's time for an hour and a half to 2 hours of hill repeats. Tomorrow easy 1-2 hr ride, and a road race sunday. Yay!
    I don't know much about training but should you be doing such a strenuous workout 24 hours before a race?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Robb View Post
    I don't know much about training but should you be doing such a strenuous workout 24 hours before a race?
    The stage race I'm training for is an uphill TT on day 1, day 2 and day 3 are 55 mile road races.

    I'm using road races now to prepare for the efforts required.

    Today's workout will be strenous. Tomorrow morning I'm going to do a group ride, and if that's too hard, then I'll peel off and do an easy hour or two.

    I feel better if I do some efforts the day before a race. If I'm not riding hard at all the day before a race, then I feel sluggish the first day or the first race if I'm doing back to back stuff.

    Last time I did a hard road race, I was fresh enough to do climbing intervals the next day.

    A hard ride today, and an easy ride tomorrow should leave me fresh enough for sunday. I'm not in any danger of placing even in the top 20 for the race, so I'm doing it for the experience. Should be a good gauge of how hard I can push myself.

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    Ah, youth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Robb View Post
    Ah, youth!
    Youth and stupidity go hand in hand.

    Who's going to bet money that I get dropped haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    I looked under the drain. There probably is a trap, but I'm going to have to take it apart to get in there.

    Edit: Looked again. The drain just goes straight down till it loops around. There's nothing I see that can be mistaken for a trap. Oh well, atleast it's not a ring...

    The trap IS that u-shaped turn at the bottom. Heavy stuff settles in the low point. Your link-piece will likely stay there until it rusts away unless you retrieve it; may also snag other stuff going through the drain causing a clog. Removal of the trap requires loosening the slip-joint nuts at either end of the trap and sliding it off - put a bucket or pot underneath, as the trap contains water. Oh, and make sure the drain stopper in the sink is in place, in case "someone" turns on the faucet while the trap is off (DAMHIK).

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    Quote Originally Posted by th_boone View Post
    Cars are and always will be money pits. I have one that needs front brakes, a clutch and tires at the moment. Instead, I just bought a new IF SSR.

    Priorities. Check.
    It's always tough to cut a car loose that's slowly bleeding you. I've put 1.5k into my old car already this year, and it still needs brakes and a transmission flush. Tough to justify trashing it, but also tough to justify the continual expenses on an old machine. Maybe I'll try to dump it as-is on Craig's List. Yes, cars suck, especially old ones.

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    i get zillions of miles from old cars, because i can fix 'em. 223k on the main ride.

    i have a pile of quick links 'cuz i don't use 'em.

    plumbing 101-it's in the trap...along with other grossities.

    have a better weekend!

    cheers






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