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Cobblestone roads + dumb little kids = new shift lever
So, I was riding home from work last night, and the last stretch of residential road I have to go down before pulling into my driveway is a cobblestone road. I was going slowly because I was getting ready to turn into my driveway when my neighbors' kids (2 little girls approx. 7-10 years old-live 2 houses down) were apparently playing a game. The game (I am not making this up, I swear) was to take turns running into the middle of the road when a car was coming to see if they could get the car to slam on its brakes. I am not making this up, seriously.
They did it to me as I was approaching and I swerved to the right to avoid them but because it was a poorly maintained cobblestone road I wasn't able to keep the bike from falling over to the left when I tried to swerve. It fell over and landed on my leg (my foot would have been injured were it not for my Tourmaster boots). I was completely unhurt but I was ready to kill the 2 little girls who caused this incident because after it happened they just stood there laughing at me. My bike was completely undamaged except for a snapped shift lever, which is a quick and easy fix but the svrider.com forum guys are telling me to simply drill a hole thru whats left of the lever and stick a 1/4" bolt thru and itll work just fine, because its not uncommon.
Fortunately the incident happened a few feet from my house, so I was able to walk the bike into my driveway. Afterwards I promptly went over to my neighbors home dragging their 2 little girls along and told the father about what happened. He dragged the girls inside, presumably for a spanking, but didn't even offer to pay for the bike. What a dick.