Early Morning Bicycle Casualty

Posted by Shawn Parr on |

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So this morning I had a bit of an incident. I forgot my water bottle, which on it's own wouldn't be that big of a deal. Except it helps keep my left pant leg from getting caught on the water bottle cages. Normally that wouldn't even be that big a deal, just a minor annoyance, as my pants don't get permanently caught just tugged at from time to time.

Recently I purchased a Blackburn Mammoth Anyvalve pump for the commuter bike. Like many on-bike "mini" pumps it has a bracket that fits under a water bottle cage to share its mount. This bracket has rubber o-ring type clasps on it that hold the pump on. Well, when my pant leg was grabbed by my water bottle cage, it then went over the pump so that the leg of my pants was between the pump and the frame and the pump itself was effectively inside my pants leg. One downstroke and my pump was on the street, I was out of balance, and one of those o-ring type clasps was shot to who knows where.

Luckily I was able to recover, and I recovered the pump itself. One of the two clasps is gone. I've often been annoyed by my smaller Bontrager hand pump using velcro for the clasps to its mounting bracket as the velcro is very strong and seems longer than necessary. I now know better as I seriously doubt I would have lost it. I may however had been unbalanced even more, but I like to think I would have noticed and recovered gracefully. There's a first time for everything, right?