Monday, September 18, 2017

The Old leaf Under Yer Fender: A Natural Patience Tester

Riding in the Fall is the absolute best. One symptom of Autumn, of course, is falling leaves. I think just about everyone who rides a bike has had one such leaf sucked into some tight space (like under your fender) where it proceeds to make a high pitched rubbing noise. You know pretty much exactly where it is and what it is. You know it isn't doing any harm. You keep riding, hoping it will dislodge itself, knowing that every second it remains lessens the likelihood of it doing so.

Today's leaf was under my front fender, so I tried lifting my front wheel and smacking it back down a couple of times while I rode. No joy. I was running my video camera, so I was able to check after my ride; I lasted just over 4 minutes before I stopped and let the leaf fall out from under there.

pic from 2012

Mrs. Rantwick says I have a very annoying ability to block out and be unperturbed by abrasive sounds, like the seat belt dinger in the car or the dog barking at the TV. Indeed, on the very same ride as the leaf thing, a cell phone alarm that I had failed to dismiss properly started going off. I just let it. It went off over and over, in 3 predictable attempts. I didn't care. So what's the difference? An annoying sound is much less annoying when you know how long it will last. Uncertainty about how much longer you'll have to wait for relief makes all the difference, at least to me.

Anyway, back to the "leaf rub". What is your tolerance like? How long do you typically last before having to address the issue? In the end, I consider "leaf rub" a small price to pay for the glories of riding in Autumn, so bring it on, ya little bastards!

Yer Pal,


Tchabinga McBlorbisch said...

Yeah, I got that last week. Pretty loud but after I figured out where it was I was able to kick it off, whilst still riding, with my foot. Just kept going after that.

RANTWICK said...

Wow, Tchab (may I call you Tchab?) you got yerself some serious leaf reduction skills. I would wipe out if I tried that I bet.

Steve A said...

You know, this would be much less of a problem if you simply got rid of fenders!

RANTWICK said...

Steve A: I know you are joking, and I'm still pissed. Never EVER talk that way about fenders again. EVER! Also, it is not a problem, it is a joyous symptom of Autumnal cycling!

cafiend said...

If it's any consolation, I've had leaves jam into the brakes, forks, or rear stays of bikes without fenders. And I have very little tolerance for leaf rub. I've never considered giving up the comfort of fenders for the sake of possibly reducing the odd and occasional leaf noise.

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