Plastic Bag Kills Bike

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by delb0y, 22 Mar 2008.

  1. delb0y

    delb0y Guru

    Quedgeley, Glos
    First post here, so hello!

    Been trying to get a few (a very few) miles into the legs this month in order that by the summer I'll be able to manage a few decent rides. So there I was this morning riding along into a ferocious wind with flurries of snow hitting my face when I noticed a plastic supermarket carrier bag blowing along the road towards me.

    I paid the bag no heed.

    Alas, the wind blew the bag into my rear derailleur. Next thing I know the rear wheel's locking up, there are bits of exploded jockey wheel filling the air, a horrible grinding sound, and a rapid de-acceleration. Turns out the derailleur is bent, one jockey wheel's disintegrated, the others almost split in two, a couple of spokes are loose, the gear-hanger is bent...

    Bang goes my mileage for a week or two.

    I think the government ought to ban plastic bags!

  2. andygates

    andygates New Member

    Death by bag! But that's not death... that's just heavy petting. You'll be back on the road again in no time.

    This is of course why we have more than one bike. It's all the fault of plastic bags...;)
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Yeah I managed to suck a plastic bag into my rear once, I tried desperately to avoid the damn thing but the wind kept blowing it toward me no matter which way I swerved.

    It didn't break anything but I was still picking bits out for months afterwards.
  4. Campbagnolo - carbon neutral etc ;)
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I also have had plastic bag problems in the past but I was lucky not to get the damage mentioned by, delb0y. I now watch out for them very carefully, they are a complete menace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    funny how they zero in on you, I usually cath them on the front wheel though

    sounds like a shitter, hard luck fella
  7. simonali

    simonali Guru

    I guess the lesson here is if you see a bag flying towards you stop pedalling!
  8. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk

    Perfect! Just read out the scenario and the response to SWMBO. She laughed, which I thought was a good response as my sixth bike has been in the front room all weekend.

    Welcome to the forum, by the way, delboy.
  9. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    well none of us will have the problem soon when they get banned and we all have to use string shopping bags.
  10. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    That may be a while before it's effective!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I've got a lovely canvas shopping bag I bought in a tourist shop at Schipol Airport. It has pictures of bicycles on it - all sorts, BMX, MTB, sit-up-and-beg, tourer... No recumbents alas.
  12. 02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member

    simial thing happened to my friend's bike but by a twig. the teeniest twig you can imagine but getting stuck in the wrong place caused mayhem galore.!!
  13. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London

    Unless you're riding fixed, in which case that will kill you and the bike. ;):biggrin:
  14. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    I saw that happen in the Tour de France once with similar results!

    Another thing to watch out for - empty Coca Cola (or other drink) cans! I heard of someone running over an empty Coke can causing it to wrap round his front wheel and jam between fork and wheel with catastrophic results :ohmy:.
  15. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    I had the same happen to me - but with a wooden lolly stick. I went over it with my back wheel, it jumped up and lodged itself in my derailleur, jammed the jocky wheels and I ripped the derailleur off the drop out.

    But will this government do anything about them? NO!!!
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