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So, I'm strolling back to my pod(Berthing Compartment) from the DFAC (Dining Facility) and I see a lot of new mattresses and bed frames being delivered. "Oh goodie", I think to myself, "our new furniture is here"!

As I get closer I noticed the TCN workers (Third Country Nationals) had piled a bunch of mattresses up against my bike:eekster: :


So I stroll over and take a closer look.... The closer I get the more worried I become.
As I get closer, my heart begins to race and my mouth gets all dry and tingly as I observe the mess they created... :madmax: This does not look good!


Only upon removal of the pile of mattresses does the extent of the damage reveal itself:

Can you say "TACO".

By now I'm completely enraged and yelling and cursing at the TCN's and pointing to my bike and yelling more curse words at them. :nono:

They just stand there and smile and me and say "no sir, no english sir". Which of course only makes me madder. Realizing I would be better off yelling at a pile of sand:madman: , I stomp off to go kick something.

I removed the wheel and tried to detension the wheel in hopes of fixing it but it is a lost cause. Man, am I P!SSED!!!

So, now I need to find a new rim, and to make matters worse, I'm 7,000 miles away from civilization and it is going to take at least 2-3 weeks to get a new TD17 rim or a new wheel delivered here.
 

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Don't you have a spoke wrench? :D

Edit: Oops sorry, didn't read all the captions. Sorry about your wheel. It did kinda look like you could fix it for a bit until you replace it, guess not.
 

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Quasi said:
Don't you have a spoke wrench? :D
Ya, I thought so too.
I brought it to my work space and tred the best I could to get it rideable again. took me 20 minutes to get it to run
this true.

It is WAY beyond repair.
 

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AHHH....thats what we used to call "Military Intelligence".

I sure hope my tax dollars help you get that fixed....seriously...and take back rank and pay from the guilty!

C in Wellington, NZ
USN Vet
 

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ne14cycling said:
AHHH....thats what we used to call "Military Intelligence".
The culprits were T.C.N. Civilian Contractors

I sure hope my tax dollars help you get that fixed....seriously...
Not likely.

and take back rank and pay from the guilty!
About the only thing we _could_ take from then is thier sponsorship, and send them back to thier native Country.

C in Wellington, NZ
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USN...mobilized reservist
 

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pauly mac said:
it seems that you've been over there for along time.
Only 7 Months so far.
when do you get to go home?
Pauly- a.m-b
I might be home by Haloween, if I don't get picked up for extension.... I put in to stay on for a second tour. I figured, why go back home just to end up back here again in 4 months, might as well just go ahead and stay and get it over with, and then "they" can't touch me for 18 Months.

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Still the undisputed SingleSpeed Champion of Kuwait!
 

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well good luck to ya

IT3 said:
Only 7 Months so far.

weren't you involed with the typhoon relief before that?

I might be home by Haloween, if I don't get picked up for extension.... I put in to stay on for a second tour. I figured, why go back home just to end up back here again in 4 months, might as well just go ahead and stay and get it over with, and then "they" can't touch me for 18 Months.

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Still the undisputed SingleSpeed Champion of Kuwait!
it was your posts on a.m-b that got me intrigued about this 29" thing.
 

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I was wondering?

What that freakin' heavy duty chain might be doing to the nice paint job!

Good luck with getting the new wheel - that sucks.

Ed E
 

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edemtbs said:
What that freakin' heavy duty chain might be doing to the nice paint job!
Ed E
Actually the Krytonite New York Noose chain has a decent cloth covering that does a great job at protecting the paint. And around these parts the added security is a good thing... Not that anybody would want or even know what to do with a 29"er SS, but it's good insurance just the same.

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Guess I'll just work on my golf swing until I get a new rim.
 

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Remove the spokes and nipples from the area where the bend occured. Brace the good side of the wheel against an immovable object. Use your hands (or anything else) to shape the bend back into place. Try to get the rim back in a straight line so the spokes don't have to do all of the work. Work slowly and be careful not to inflict more damage. Once you've go the hoop straight, relace and tighten the spokes. It won't be prefect, but you can probably make it last for a few weeks until help arrives. I've seen a lot worse than that brought back to life.
 

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endure26 said:
Try to get the rim back in a straight line so the spokes don't have to do all of the work. Work slowly and be careful not to inflict more damage. Once you've go the hoop straight, relace and tighten the spokes. It won't be prefect, but you can probably make it last for a few weeks until help arrives. I've seen a lot worse than that brought back to life.
I've repaired worse, but this one is toast..... The joint has separated.
If it were a welded joint instead of just pinned it probably would have survived.
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