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Old 11-18-2008, 08:11 PM
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LOL, did about 6 miles today! It was 33 deg and cold!!!
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:40 PM
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Here is my tip. When you are installing or reinstalling the shutoff valve on your gas tank use plumbers putty in the threads to seal them. My kit instructions said to use plumbers tape, which is dissolved by gas and the valve leaked like crazy. Since I used plumbers putty, no leaking.
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Old 11-26-2008, 02:52 AM
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Here's my tip. When I put the engine in my frame, the carb wouldn't fit with the stock intake manifold. So I cut the original manifold and mounted the carb. It still barely fit but the airfilter wouldn't and I had an air leak. I bought a second manifold from Thatsdax.com and cut the flange off. Then I took a piece of rubber hose, two hose clamps and used it to connect the two cut up manifolds. Because the manifold I bought from Dax still had a bend in it, I was able to turn it so that it stuck out of the side of the frame. Now everything fits and there's no air leak. Here's a pic:

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Old 12-04-2008, 11:55 PM
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Here's a tip:

Wear a helmet.



That's a result of getting my Cannondale F2 29er back from the bike shop after having it in for the free service.

Took it out in the street in front of the house and was going through the gears.

Shifted into the 3rd chainring on the front and the chain bound up.

I ate asphalt at ~25MPH. Knew I was going down.

Tucked my arms and tried to roll.

My head apparently stopped me from rolling.

I "woke up" sitting on the curb with the paramedics asking me my name and how old I was.

"Jason, how old are you?"

"Too old for this chit."

After an ambulance ride, a CAT scan, four staples to the head, and watching the girl that put the staples in almost pass out after doing so ( ), I can say that, without a doubt...











...you should always wear a helmet.

Even if you're just checking something out after working on it.

Even if you normally ride at speeds over 25MPH in the woods on the trails and think "What could go wrong on the street?"

Doctor said that I was lucky - could've killed me. It actually cracked my skull.

"A lot of people wouldn't have lived"

So I guess that makes four times now that I should've been dead.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:02 AM
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Dude. I almost puked.

Wear a helmet.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:07 AM
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dude that really sucks, my girlfreind is an Emt and she says you are unbelievably lucky the paramedics weren't cleaning your sesos off the ashpalt
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:42 AM
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Dude. I almost puked.

Wear a helmet.
That's kind of the response I was going for.

If seeing that pic will persuade someone to wear a helmet...it's worth it.

Oh, there's only three staples in the pic. She stapled four times though.

I've been messed up in the military before and this is the first time I've used the term excruciating in reference to pain.

I broke into a sweat when she flushed it with solution.

After she finished flushing it she went right into..

"OK, we're going to give you staples now."

"Whoa , whoa, whoa. Let me recover from that. You plan on numbing me at all?"

"No, we can't." and started to place the stapler to my head

I stopped her... "Wait a minute. You plan on stapling my head while I'm sitting up?"

"Yeah."

"Do me a favor and put your finger where the first staple is going."

She did.

"Now, press on my head."

Had her do that at each spot where a staple was going in.

After that I stood up, disconnected all the monitoring equipment that was on me, and asked her to lay the bed flat.

"Why?"

"Just work with me here"

She got the bed flat, I laid down and hooked my feet at one end, grabbed the other end with my hand and told her "Do what you've gotta do."

She got nervous.

First staple didn't go in right so she hit it again.

"How are you feeling?"

"Like I'm getting staples in my head. Why are you shaking?"

She popped the other two in, I got up, and she bolted out of the room.

Didn't see her again the entire time I was there.

What's funny about the whole situation is that my wife was (and still is) deployed to Afghanistan. While I was laying on the bed in the ER waiting to go get the CAT scan she called!

She asked me "What'd you do today?"

"Nothing much, just worked on the tile in the bathroom and picked my bike up from the shop."

"What are you doing now?"

"Nothing much. Sitting here watching the news."

So we chatted for about five minutes before they came in and said it was time for the CAT scan.

Told her I had to go, that the guy helping me with the tile in the bathroom needed help.

A week later she came to the States for two weeks on leave. She saw the strawberry on my forearm near the elbow...in the airport.

"What'd you do to your arm?"

I pointed..."Same thing I did to my head."

She slapped the crap out of me. Hit me HARD on the arm.

"What'd you do to your HEAD!"

"Mountain bike."

So then I had to explain the whole thing to her and tell her the story.

She's due back in about 3 weeks and insists that I don't hurt myself before she gets back "I want you to be 100% when I get back this time."

Funny stuff.

Bunch of my buddies had fun making motivational type posters.

Here's one that I thought was funny.

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Old 12-05-2008, 08:30 AM
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fuuuuu uh uh udge. Good reminder especialy if your on a new bike that's still buggy. I've always worn a helmet on my motorcycles, just so I can give the wife peace of mind. Bikes are slower but....not really designed for engines, so a helmet is a must.
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Old 12-05-2008, 02:36 PM
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My head has been stitched up a lot. It's true that they can't give any pain medication that would mask the effects of a concussion. But they can use topical analgesics.

At least they always did on me. No aspirin or aspirin substitutes and definitely nothing stronger. But squirt-on numbing agents, yes. Maybe she was a little inexperienced? Early in her internship.

But if they weren't supposed to do that . . . maybe that's what's wrong with my head.

I've got more than 70 stitches in my head over 60+ years. But none from not wearing a helmet. The earliest I remember was about 5 years old. Hanging from my knees trying to tie a rope in a tree to make a swing. Over a sidewalk. Take that back. Maybe I shoulda had a helmet on.

Why did they shave your whole head? They never did that to me.

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Old 12-05-2008, 03:20 PM
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Why did they shave your whole head? They never did that to me.


I actually joked to the paramedics that were on scene telling them that it was probably a good thing that I shaved my head.

"Made our job easier"
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