Well, I pulled a “Nate” or mistake that many have likely done last weekend.
- Loaded up and arrived at my event locale, only to realize I had the bike, front wheel… but no front axle (left sitting on a book shelf)
- I was fortunate enough to have a nearby bike shop that rented me an axle (for the rental price of a the bike we robbed it from ). With that in hand, I was able to complete my race for a nominal fee (now knows as the Whoopsie Tax) and had an amazing day.
- Just a friendly reminder to be careful where you stash anything you take off your bike for travel to a race or event. In my case, the axle should ALWAYS go right back into the frame or fork after removing the wheel.
All that said, what other sage advice (from mistakes) do you have to share for the benefit of others?
Adding my checklist that I had previously shared, for anyone that wants a possible way to catch those slippery things that sometimes escape us (now with “axle reminder” ).