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Have you ever been in a situation when you had to actually carry your bike out of the trail? Yesterday (7-4-09) I was out for a nice early morning ride and was about 60% finished when my chain hopped over the rear cassette and lodged between it and the spokes…. I mean stuck! Before you ask; I was about to hit a tough climb and shifted up in a hurry.
I tried taking the wheel out of the drops, taking out a pin or three, even considered trying to yank it out with force… I didn’t pull that hard. Only option without proper tools was to pick it up and hike out to the trail head. Only about 3 miles out so not too bad, but still a pain to carry a MTB through single track….
This ever happen to any of you?
 

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3 miles- that blows! how long did it take you to get out of there? luckily, never happened to me (yet).
 

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man that sucks

just this passed friday i had the day off. My buddy and I decided an early ride was in order. It was a great ride up some of the rockiest terrain I've seen. Well after ripping the sidewall in my rear tire (tubeless), I had to put one of my two spare tubes in. Well shortly thereafter, pinch flat. Switched to my last tube....yep, pinch flat. As my buddy had flatted and used his only tube earlier...well there was nothing we could do. That was probably the longest 1.5 mile walk I've ever done.
 

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Two weeks ago my rear hub seized. My ride started with a four mile climb - I'd ridden just under 2 miles of it when it happened. Got to walk down an extremely fun and rocky trail and drive home.

I was home early to see my wife though :rolleyes:
 

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Not carried, but pushed the bike to the nearest road and called wife to pick me up.
I had a flat a bit past half way through a 3 hour loop. My new mini pump did not work...

(my rides start from home: get on the bike, hit the first piece of trail in about a minute)
 

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Happened to me, when half of handlebar just fell off, without any warning sign or visible reason, I had to call my wife and hear everything she had to say on the topic (like "Didn't I tell you?! You will kill yourself some day with your rides".......and so on) and push the bike to an asphalt road (some 4 km), where she picked me up. Adding insult to injury, the only time in many years I met a biker on this trail at night, was, you bet, when I was shamefully carrying my wounded bike down the path..........
 

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I had stick go into my rear wheel and tear my rear derailluer in half. I walked about 2 miles before I another biker loaned me his chain tool so I could convert my bike into a single speed. If I had to walk all the way it would have been 8 miles back to the car.
 

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I was biking on the burlignton bike path (on my road bike) last year and saw a glass bottle broken all over the path, but didnt see it untill I was literally ontop of it... didnt pop my tires, but on the way back I remembered where the spot was with the broken glass and rode in the glass around it...

Some fool brushed all of the glass off of the road inbetween the time I first passed it and the second...

I got two flat tires at the same dam time... and only one spare tube...

7.something miles walk back, it wasnt on a singletrack, but a paved road but it was a hell of a beeotch... thank god i was wearing my running shoes instead of my clipless shoes... that would have truly been hell...
 

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My rear hub blew about 2 miles out. The worst part was that when I took the wheel out of the dropout to see what was wrong, the damage was so bad that I couldn't get the rear wheel back on. I hiked out with the bike over one shoulder and the rear wheel in my other hand. The bike wouldn't balance on my shoulder because not having the rear wheel on made it front heavy. One of the few actual bad days I've had mountain biking.
 

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aries14 said:
Have you ever been in a situation when you had to actually carry your bike out of the trail? Yesterday (7-4-09) I was out for a nice early morning ride and was about 60% finished when my chain hopped over the rear cassette and lodged between it and the spokes…. I mean stuck! Before you ask; I was about to hit a tough climb and shifted up in a hurry.
I tried taking the wheel out of the drops, taking out a pin or three, even considered trying to yank it out with force… I didn’t pull that hard. Only option without proper tools was to pick it up and hike out to the trail head. Only about 3 miles out so not too bad, but still a pain to carry a MTB through single track….
This ever happen to any of you?
I guess the Dork Disk that you once ditched is laughing at your sorry ass now :D j/k
 

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2 times for me

Jammed the chain behind the cassette. No way to get it out without removing the cassette. That was about 3 miles of walking in the summer.

The second incident also happens to be my shortest MTB ride ever recorded: 0.48 miles. Flatted and then my pump broke. It was like 90 degrees and high humidity. I was completely soaked in sweat and had to carry the bike back to the car. I was sooooo mad. I put in all the work, driving, and cleanup for a normal ride - except I never got to ride. :madman: :madmax:
 

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Yes, it did happen to me once. I was about 15 miles into a 50+ mile ride. The chain was stuck in there so tight, I could not pull it out.

I separated my chain - I always use a SRAM powerlink on my bike. Aids in cleaning etc.

I removed my wheel with the stuck chain, laid the wheel on its side - cog side up.

I took advantage of the fact that the cassette was jammed and not able to turn.

I took my screwdriver and a rock and tapped the lock ring until the lock ring unscrewed.

Removed the cassette and then took the chain out.

I took my chain tool and took out the bent links (90 degrees over). I used a spare powerlink (that I always carry with my tools) and put the chain together. I had enough chain left to at least run in my middle ring.

I have also once had my rear deraileur completely ripped off my frame. This time I turned the bike into a single speed using my chain tool. On my current bike, I carry a spare deraileur hanger with my tool kit.
 

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worse...

Dynamite trails, Scottsdale AZ- tacoed wheel, bent fork legs, bent top tube. 10 miles out, by myself. Pushed the bike back on the rear wheel, but damn what a long walk in stupid race-style shoes.
Sedona, AZ- 3-4 mile walk back with two peices of Klein dragging behind me. Again with the stupid shoes.
That's why I now wear BMX style clipless shoes. Walking sucks.
 

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I was like 5 miles from the trailhead(was riding along the river), Somehow tore my sidewall without knowing and BAM! Gooey green stuff all over the place.(Kenda kwick seal tube). My pump and spare tube were in my other bag. Long walk back while pushing a mud covered 30lb bike and then having to walk up slippery muddy hills. Ugh.
 

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I havn't had to carry my bike out in a long time, but I did have to ditch it and go back a week later to get it (trail was three hours away).

Here's a hastily scrawled PM to another forum member from last summer's adventure.

"I just rolled in the door getting back from Kernville. Last weekend I tried to arrange the shuttle with mntriver for Cannell and/or JO but there weren't enough people, so Monday, I rode from the Goldledge Campground up the highway to Sherman Pass and up on to the Rincon Trail I had 100oz in my MULE, a large water bottle of Gatorade and a MSR water purifier. I should mention that I have been mtbiking 25+ years, live at 6000 feet with my rides topping 8000 feet, am in racing shape and regularly ride 100+ degree weather. Anyway, I looked at Rincon on a map with almost no elevation profile. It looked like a straight line and safe enough. As I started up the trail, both riding and pushing, I couldn't help but notice that there was no breeze. At all. It was like a sauna, and my heart rate monitor showed 108 degrees. By the third saddle I was whipped and a bit concerned about the heat. This is when I discovered that my bottle had ejected from it's cage and I was down to 50 oz in my pack. I got to the primitive campgrounds under the oaks at what I belive is Packsaddle Creek. I rested in the shade and took my pack off to filter water, only to find that the filter was missing!!! I cooled of in the creek and wondered if I should continue. I got about halfway up the fourth saddle and turned around. I hadn't rode the trail before and wasn't sure if I had sufficient water. I started back up the third saddle and immediatly knew I wouldn't make it back. I rode back to the junction of the Packsaddle Cave trailhead and went down, only to find it was impassible. Fack! I figured I could stay the rest of the day and night under the oaks at the creek, only, no one knew I was here. The others I was camping with had left that morning. I decided to bushwack, wading through stinging nettle and poison oak. I had to throw my bike over the vegetation and use it like a bridge to get through some sections. Then the trail disapeared. I looked in vain(I later saw how the cave trail works out on Google Earth) expecting the trail to materialize. It never did. After a mile or so of bushwacking and downclimbing the dry waterfalls of Packsaddle Canyon in cycling shoes, I was dizzy and my thought process was deteriorating rapidly. I was now out of water so I picked a landmark and ditched the bike. I had a GPS and could've made a waypoint but my brain was fried and I forgot I had it with me. I staggered along, dodging poison oak the best I could, and emerged at the highway, where I collapsed. I got up and started walking down the highway where I was picked up by a local named Jeff in his mid 50's, who gave me water and a ride back to Goldledge. My Ventana sat out in the canyon for a week until this morning, when my girlfriend and I hiked up the canyon at 5:30 am to beat the heat. Once I got to the location, it took an hour to find the bike, and the temp had climbed to 95*'s by 7:30. Jeff who picked me up suggested I go see John at Mntriver. I told him what happened and he offered to go up to get it. I knew this is his busy time and might have trouble locating the bike so I just figured to come back up in a week. All in all, it was a humbling experience. At least you guys didn't have to read about me in the paper! Next time I'll get in touch with you guys."
 

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aries14 said:
my chain hopped over the rear cassette and lodged between it and the spokes….
You should use that polymeric disk that goes between the cassette and spokes...the much maligned "dork disk".:D
 

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You feel the pain I was going through this past 4th of July... Had to pick that darn bike up and allow it to ride me...
 
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