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Old 09-25-2018, 07:53 AM
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Man, I did almost the same thing-

I had a shelf in my basement that I kept a bunch of car audio stuff on. One day I was walking past and I noticed that the floor was sloped and the shelf was leaning. I made a wood wedge and was going to lift the corner of the shelf and shove the wedge under it. I lifted the shelf, put the wedge in, and BANG!

A big car audio amplifier fell off the top shelf and crashed on the back of my head, fins-first. I felt the back of my head and it was wet, that's never a good thing. I was bleeding pretty good. I just grabbed a junk towel and held it on until it quit bleeding. I have a picture of it somewhere, lol. I wanted to see what the injury looked like, and I had my wife take a picture of it. It was easier than trying to use mirrors.

Yeah, don't be a dumbass. Unload those shelves before you move them for any reason.
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:37 AM
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Yikes, sounds you got cut worse Cougar, glad your okay.


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I'm guessing that bike was a cheaply-made replica; I never had problems with coaster brakes.

I can appreciate the simplicity of bikes with coaster brakes and a single gear ratio, the downside is that they're a dog to pedal uphill. There are a lot of hills where I used to live, and although I swapped out my bike's original 2-speed crankset for a 3-speed, giving it a "granny low" if you will, I still couldn't take certain hills.
Replica yes cheaply made not really. It has lasted the longest of all the bikes I've owned and is without doubt the fanciest (a Cadilac among the Chevys I've had). I've always been rough on my bikes.

I actually managed to destroy a coaster brake assembly on a $100 Walmart Schwinn that was a cheeper similar looking predecessor to my DelSol...The place I lived was a phosphate mine turned ungated gated community with a couple of sub-communities in it the bluffs and the woods which both had big manmade hills at their entrances. The Bluffs had a long straight road at the bottom and I liked to pedal into the downhill as hard as I could, lock up the brakes at the bottom and make a ~30'-50' skidmark...A few goes with the Schwinn and the rear end jumped and something was very wrong. I forget if it made me fall or if I coasted to a stop confused, but the bolts holding the rear wheel loosened or slipped from the torque and the brake bar going between the axle/hub of the rear wheel and the frame had been bent around like a pretzel. The rear end was scotched...The wheel wouldn't move and the bearings/hub were coming apart and puking grease. I could pedal up both those steep hills I'd get up as much speed as I could and pedal the whole way...I'd stand when I needed more power then if needed I'd pull up on the handlebars to exert even more force on the pedals...When it got to that point I was usually moving barely fast enough to stay up and swaying with each pedal but I'd make it over the top.

I used to drive my bikes off road in some pretty weird places, I liked do brake drifting locking brakes into a turn so the rear would slide in a circular motion relative to the front (I once learned the hard way to never try that on gravel, then learned that old asphalt hides it's gravel), riding no handed (I got REALLY good at that), and I even learned how to hold a wheely indefinitely and pedal*.

*I decided to try that after seeing the Aisian guy from Mythbusters (his name is escaping me right now) do that on a similar bike in an episode that premered around that time.
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:59 PM
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Replica yes cheaply made not really. It has lasted the longest of all the bikes I've owned and is without doubt the fanciest (a Cadilac among the Chevys I've had). I've always been rough on my bikes.

I actually managed to destroy a coaster brake assembly on a $100 Walmart Schwinn that was a cheeper similar looking predecessor to my DelSol...The place I lived was a phosphate mine turned ungated gated community with a couple of sub-communities in it the bluffs and the woods which both had big manmade hills at their entrances. The Bluffs had a long straight road at the bottom and I liked to pedal into the downhill as hard as I could, lock up the brakes at the bottom and make a ~30'-50' skidmark...A few goes with the Schwinn and the rear end jumped and something was very wrong. I forget if it made me fall or if I coasted to a stop confused, but the bolts holding the rear wheel loosened or slipped from the torque and the brake bar going between the axle/hub of the rear wheel and the frame had been bent around like a pretzel. The rear end was scotched...The wheel wouldn't move and the bearings/hub were coming apart and puking grease. I could pedal up both those steep hills I'd get up as much speed as I could and pedal the whole way...I'd stand when I needed more power then if needed I'd pull up on the handlebars to exert even more force on the pedals...When it got to that point I was usually moving barely fast enough to stay up and swaying with each pedal but I'd make it over the top.

I used to drive my bikes off road in some pretty weird places, I liked do brake drifting locking brakes into a turn so the rear would slide in a circular motion relative to the front (I once learned the hard way to never try that on gravel, then learned that old asphalt hides it's gravel), riding no handed (I got REALLY good at that), and I even learned how to hold a wheely indefinitely and pedal*.

*I decided to try that after seeing the Aisian guy from Mythbusters (his name is escaping me right now) do that on a similar bike in an episode that premered around that time.
Oh yeah, I was rough on mine too, never did powerslides or wheelies though. I would go downhill fast and hit the rear brake hard. I don't recall if that's the only one I normally used, or the only one that worked.

Scotched, never heard that one before. Got to add that one to my lexicon.

The bike I retrofitted with granny low was one of those crappy ones with large diameter wheels and skinny tires, that that did me no favors in regards to torque. After the retrofit the front derailleur, or auxiliary shifter I like to call it, was useless so I just used the 6-speed main. I didn't want to bother splitting gears, not on a bike anyway.

I also over-inflated an inner tube which exploded in the middle of the night. It wasn't a shock to me though, I could tell something was giving way a few seconds beforehand.

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