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I thought it might be fun, and we might get a few laughs from telling on ourselves, about something we did not realize we could do, or should be doing while training or racing.<br><br>
...Or, if this idea bombs, I'll just be telling on myself, because I get dangerous ideas when the processing servers go down. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Here it goes:<br><br>
I got my trainer at the tail-end of 2005. In fact I think it was December 30. Set it up, started training on it doing intervals, and cadence drills, one legged drills, long rides, short rides. You know, the whole gamut. Come early April of '06 I took my bike off the trainer until the day after Thanksgiving. I resume my off season stuff, but as a more experienced rider it just seems way too easy this time around. Like I just cannot get myself into a bigger gear. I keep up my routines, getting more and more dissatisfied until one day, just before Christmas 2006 almost a year to the day that I first set my bike on the trainer--<br><br>
Out of frustration I give my left gearshift a good crank, and gee, what do you know, you CAN use the big gear in front on the training stand.<br><br>
Ahem<br><br>
And DUH, Charlotte. I had thought that you, um, had to have the front wheel in motion in order to use the big-girl ring in front. <img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif"><br><br>
So come on tripeeps 'fess up
 

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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">This was actually a guy I rode with often years ago. He purchased a new bike. Got home from the shop and took it out for a ride. He heard a constant and cyclic “clicking” noise and couldn’t figure out what it was…other than it only happened when he was peddling. The next day he takes it back to the shop. They put it on the maintenance stand and check it out but can’t find any problems with it. So, he takes it out for another ride and again he hears the clicking. He takes it back to the shop again and this time the wrench takes the bike out for a spin himself. He hears the clicking and realized that on every pedal revolution his foot is hitting the bent out cable for the front derailleur causing it to recoil and hit against the seat tube. The wrench simply bent the cable a little for the fix. The owner felt like a complete idiot.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Note: This is the same guy who about a year later was about to hacksaw the seat post off in the seat tube because he couldn’t get it out of the frame. It was the wrong diameter for the frame and he forced it in with a hammer (unfortunately I wasn't present for that). Fortunately I convinced him to take the bike to a shop. The shop had a special extractor just for situations like that.</span></span>
 

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I'll one up you, Charlotte. How about not KNOWING there was gear shifter on the left to move the chain from a big gear to a smaller gear for the hills.<br><br>
Not that I'm any great shakes on hills anyway, but early on whenever I got to any incline of any kind, I was thinking dayum, this is hard (because I was on the big ring the whole time). I would click on the rear one and it didn't help too much, especially on the harder (and I use that term loosely) climbs.<br><br>
Finally, it was on one of those hills a few months in where I finally gave that left gearshift a good pull and whoa...now this is a lot easier!<br><br>
I'll defend myself slightly in that I hadn't ridden a bike about a decade or so before dipping into the tri world, and had no clue about gear ratios as they related to hills and stuff. But if I had decided to read the owners manual in the first place, I might've been able to figure that out a helluva lot sooner
 

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Funny........ok I'll go.<br><br>
On my second ride ever on my bike, I was going up my driveway (BIG HILL, finish every ride on it), I tried to go into the granny gear and the chain fell off and I wiped out....um nice road rash.<br><br>
SO.......for the rest of the season I only used my middle gear for EVERYTHING....I was paranoid to try to move the gears. Finally after the whole season was almost over, I decided to try ............um it's not really hard to use my gears! Oh and I can go so much faster when I am in the BIG girl gear! yeah!!!!
 

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<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> That's okay Charlotte until a couple of weeks ago I was riding at maximum resistance...so every time I rode big ring I was in the HARDEST gear on my bike. Made the coach laugh<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Joe and Alicia and Julie--So glad I'm not the only one that had a problem with bike gears. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Let's see ...<br><br>
"Lane <i>sharing???"</i><br><br>
Don't spit in your goggles right after you drank Gatorade.<br><br>
There was the first time I tried to pump a Presta-valved tire without undoing the little twisty thing on the end.<br><br>
There was the first time I removed a QR wheel and <i>completely</i> unscrewed the skewer.<br><br>
I had to remove a MTB wheel and didn't realize you could just pop the V-brakes open ... so I deflated the tire to squeeze it out.
 

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I'm <b><i>still</i></b> having problems with bike gears. I barely know what you guys are talking about! I am determined to learn some of this stuff this year.<br><br>
I'm a cycling moron.
 

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I still don't really get them. I move them around until it feels right. So I make it easier to pedal on the hills, and harder on the flats and downhills. That's about it.
 

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Dude. I was so frustrated. I couldn't figure it out, I thought my air pump was broken. I took mine to the bike shop, and they finally showed me. I felt like such a dummy!
 

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Don't worry I have problems too and I've had my bike for over 2 years. I'm just waiting for the ah ha moment where it all comes together and I figure it out.
 

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GCT last year. Forgot to sight going to the furthest bouy...ummm...I ended up MINUTES off the course...<br><br>
I ended up with a 47. I expected a 40-42.
 

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Oh, bless you. I thought I was still alone. I was always good academically. English and history being by far my strong suits, but I was no slouch at the sciences or math subjects either. Yet, I read those training plans in Triathlete magazine, all about the 53/11's and 29/whatevers and 87/109's <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> and I'm like, "How was that again?? For some reason I simply cannot get anything through my head much more complex than what you said.
 

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Also-kick drill was TEH SUCK...until Sheldon told me in July that I don't need a kickboard. Haven't touched it since.<br><br>
That was the biggest "I'm a dork" moment
 

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I am hijacking my own thread for a second to say: CCRaces luvs doggies too, and also luvs Tithers new avatar. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Tempe Town Lake 2.4 mile open water swim 2006.<br><br><br>
Close to the turn around point, I veered a little too far to the right, close to the edge of the lake.....where fisherman were trying to catch lunch. I started to feel this odd stringy stuff around my wetsuit and realized I was caught up in these guys' lines! <img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif"><br><br>
Started working on better navigation skills the next swim session.
 

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I prepared the night before for my first tri ever. Everything was set out like I would at my bike.<br>
Fast forward to race day, T1. I go to put on my shirt. No dice, as my head kept going thru the arm hole. I just couldnt get it on.<br><br>
Apparently I pinned my number through both the front AND back of my shirt. I couldnt get the pin opened, so I ripped my shirt and ran with it pinned in one spot. It sucked.<br><br>
And it's on video.
 

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You mean, that isn't what you are supposed to do? LOL Obviously, that's what I do as well. I have figured out that the gears overlap, though. I'm starting to get it, but I still find myself sometimes popping it into the smaller ring in front and my legs start spinning like crazy!! I gotta get that figured out because I feel like an idiot when that happens!!
 

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My biggest error really hurt.<br><br>
I just got my bike and I was learning to ride. I understood the bike pretty well and could motivate pretty well. I decided to join the "Frank Stark Ride". I thought everybody rode together. I had no idea that the ride would break up into fast, meduim and slow groups. I had no map and was in an area I had never been in, AND I was in a pace line.<br><br>
We were flyin. I mean really cooking the whole 62 miles. I was terrified that if I lost contact with the group I'd get lost, so I did everyhting I could to stay in the pack.<br><br>
We pulled into the parking lot and everybody jumped off their bikes. Me being new did the same thing. However, I had used every available bit of energy in the ride and went down like a brick. The bike landed on top of me and hard as I tried to get to up, I could not.<br><br>
Lucy saw me, helped me into the car and we went home. The burning in my legs lasted for more than a week and I almost gave up on riding thinking it was just to hard and I didn't have what it took.<br><br>
CS
 

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Here's a hilarious <a href="http://forum.slowtwitch.com/gforum.cgi?post=1420970;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;guest=13945613" target="_blank">Slowtwitch</a> thread about rookie mistakes. Some of them are priceless.
 
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