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post #1 of 10 Old 05-31-2008, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Keep your saddlebags closed!

So yesterday me and a guy from work took off riding, and ended up around the lake. We stopped on the old bay bridge that has been shut down and is now just a fishing pier. It was warming up so I took my sweatshirt off and put it in my saddlebag. We had a smoke and talked a little then took off again. About a mile down the road I heard a loud thumping noise and felt the back end of the bike hopping around. In an instant I looked back and saw pieces of debris flying off my bike onto the road. I thought I had blown a rear tire, so I was hard on the front brakes and pulled over. Climbed off the bike and to my surprise the tire was just fine, but there was my gray hooded sweatshirt wrapped up on the wheel, chain, and sprocket! I put the bike on the center stand and tried to unwrap it, but it was way to tight, so I took my pocket knife and just started cutting little pieces off until it finally loosened up enough to unwind. After I got it out everything seemed OK so I was able to ride home no problem. It did stretch my chain out a lot, as I had just adjusted it about a week ago and it was really loose. I think the chain is shot, I think the O-rings were damaged, but I cant really tell by looking at them. Last night I gave the chain the old Kerosene bath and lubed it up but the links are still kinked. I am going to order a new chain and sprockets today, but the old ones will work for now at least. I guess I am pretty fortunate because it could have been a lot worse. At 60 mph if that back tire had locked up I would have been in a world of s***. The lesson here is to make sure your saddlebags are closed up before taking off! I am really pissed that I let this happen, but at least it wasnt worse than it was. Now Im off to order a new chain and sprockets. This will give me a good excuse to try some different gearing anyway.

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-31-2008, 08:33 AM
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Gots to be careful about stuff like that, a buddy of mine woke up in an ambulance after his rain suit got tangled up in his chain on the 580 freeway.
He had the pleasure of spending the next year and a half in a halo with screws in his skull.
He was MUCH easier to sneak up on for that year and a half.
Glad to hear you suffered no ill effects.

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post #3 of 10 Old 05-31-2008, 09:11 AM
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I help a guy untangle his work clothes from his Chain and sprocket.He had it rolled and strapped to his rear fender(cruiser).One of the sleeves come out of the roll after the chain got it and the rest of the roll it locked up his tire He was doing 70ish.I seen the skid marks before I saw Him (such is 65S at this point).

When we got done I gave him a Bungee net to get home with.He said He was going straight to the shop and getting saddle bags(I use them) He said their ugly but Now he doesn't care

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post #5 of 10 Old 05-31-2008, 11:42 AM
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Don't forget to replace your hoodie. Glad you were able to stop yourself and not the bike for you.

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You dodged a bullet and lived to tell the tale.

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Wow, that could have been really bad, glad it was only a wasted hoodie and loose chain!

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post #9 of 10 Old 06-08-2008, 12:49 PM
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You were really lucky. I have a friend that had his bungied backpack come loose and caught up in the rear wheel. He wasn't so lucky. Thanks for the heads-up.

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-08-2008, 02:32 PM
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The crew at Rider Magazine was roadtesting sport bags a few years ago. They strapped one set down wrong and it flopped over in the wheel. I believe they skint up a new bike in the process.

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