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Posted: 2005 25 October at 11:46 | IP Logged Quote Porter

Question about pit etiquette.  I'm new to the whole pit thing. Are wheels considered "neutral support"?  After flatting & ending my race early at Alpenrose  I aquired a set of pit wheels (Mavic Askium -sweet). I had them at PIR (thankfully didn't need them) and again at Scouter's Mountain where I did actually need them due to a rear wheel flat on the 2nd to last lap in the B race.

I rode into the pit, removed my wheel, grabbed my other wheel (thanks dude that helped me hold my bike up. that was cool!) and was about to take off when the dude (same dude that helped me) said "Make sure you bring that back at the end of the race".  This was cool because he was looking out for other peoples wheels (it was my wheel, so it was not an issue)  however if I had shown up in the Pit and found my wheel missing, I would have been pissed and it would have ended my race.  

After the race I went to retrieve my wheels and I heard another guy saying his wheel was missing, so obviously I was not the only one to experience it. Obviously mistakes happen and many wheel look alike, however it seemed that maybe this might not have been the case.

Are pit wheels considered free game or should they only go to the folks that brought their own?  I would hope that the latter is true.



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Posted: 2005 25 October at 12:11 | IP Logged Quote coylifut

It's always been my understanding that wheels in the pit are to be used only by the people that place them there.  with that said, I've noticed some nuetral wheels with orange pain on em. I'd be among the people down right POed if I went to the pit for a wheel change and my wheels weren't there.  In my short 2 year stint at cross, my wheels have never been tampered with.  I hope it stays that way. 
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Both great points. 
 
I was the jacka$$ that accepted what I thought was a neutral rear wheel when I jogged in 2nd lap with a rear flat.  Even though my own extra wheelset was within arm's reach in the pit (both wheels labled with my name), a real nice pit crew had already put on someone else's rear wheel.
 
I'll plead ignorance but I owe that Bike Peddler racer a sixer of Drop Top pronto.  I should have insisted on using my own rear wheel.
 
If you read this- I'll leave it at the B'Peddler with Vern for safe keeping...
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Posted: 2005 25 October at 14:35 | IP Logged Quote coylifut

j_mats wrote:
Both great points. 
 
I was the jacka$$ that accepted what I thought was a neutral rear wheel when I jogged in 2nd lap with a rear flat.  Even though my own extra wheelset was within arm's reach in the pit (both wheels labled with my name), a real nice pit crew had already put on someone else's rear wheel.
 
I'll plead ignorance but I owe that Bike Peddler racer a sixer of Drop Top pronto.  I should have insisted on using my own rear wheel.
 
If you read this- I'll leave it at the B'Peddler with Vern for safe keeping...

Sir.  you have class

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Posted: 2005 25 October at 16:14 | IP Logged Quote 1 gear snear

pit is not neutral. Always check with OBRA officials
before you race.
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Vern is weak. he'll drink that beer if you leave it with him.

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The pit is NOT wheels in, wheels out. Write your name, bib number, obra
number, ODL, whatever identifies you, on the sidewall of your dugasts. In
the pit, it is up to you to find your own wheels. The orange ones are cross
crusade wheels, and are for those who dont have spares. I've got a nice
spare. Keep it around my waist.
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