[CR]young and stupid

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Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 12:20:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Tom Dalton" <tom_s_dalton@yahoo.com>
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]young and stupid

I haven't been following this thread, but I did enjoy the last couple of posts. It reminds me of an experience I had when I was wrenching at an un-named LBS in Wisconsin. After work one day I overhauled the headset on my race bike, then got distracted chatting with one of the other mechanics. As I recall there was some mention of beer, or a party, or something really important, and we decided to head out in pursuit of whatever fun was to be had. It must have been an urgent matter at the time, because we hopped on our bikes and started hammering down the road. At the first corner, my bars turned left and my wheel stayed straight. Whoops! Forgot to tighten the stem binder. Being young, stupid, and reasonably flexible, I had been running my stem at the lowest possible height, so the portion of the 1-A stem that is too fat to go down into the steerer was providing a small amount of coupling against the top of the locknut, but not enough to get the bike to corner. Somehow, I didn't crash. I did have to take it easy for that last half mile of the ride home.

Tom Dalton Bethlehem, PA USA

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