Getting Pranked By My Bike


A sure sign of spring, the sheep are escaping out of their pens at Fence Fail Farm


Ahh….good ‘ole April Fool’s Day. I am not much of a prankster but this is the one day of the year that I try my hand at tricking people. The apex of my achievements in pranksterdom was when I made homemade bagels for my family. Special cheddar cheese and chive bagels. They looked rather yummy, if I do say so myself, but I had secretly poured so much salt into the dough that they were entirely inedible.

At work, I also try to come up with a few harmless and creative pranks each April Fool’s Day. I have been lucky so far, each year my work schedule has allowed me to set up the pranks on March 31st, but actually be off work on the 1st. For three years I have been pranking my coworkers without ever being pranked myself.

This year, however, the tables had turned. I went into work this morning knowing that I was about to receive payback for my devious deeds. Sure enough, my coworkers had sneakily sealed up some of the squeeze bottles, replaced a few of the raw eggs with hard-boiled ones and put objects in the commercial toaster so that when I turned it on, the objects came clanging merrily out. It kept me awake this morning!

But I must say, my bike pulled the most absurd prank of all.

I bought a new computer for my bike (the old one kept glitching) and last night, I assembled it all together and got everything properly configured.

This morning as I started biking through town in the light, warm rain, I noticed that the speedometer was showing double the speed I usually travel at. I was going 30 mph through town, just like a car! By the time I got to work my max speed during the ride was 64 mph and according to the display, I had gone 20 miles. Oh dear. I decided that I must have put in the wrong tire size when I was setting the computer up the night before…

It wasn’t until an hour before my shift would end that my brain finally woke up and I realized that I had forgotten to do something very important when I took the old computer off. I felt extremely silly but after making a small adjustment to my front wheel, the computer worked just fine for the ride home.


If it takes you less than nine hours to figure out what is wrong with this wheel, you are heaps smarter than me 😀

22 thoughts on “Getting Pranked By My Bike

  1. My brother in law had that same problem for weeks. When he told me about it while we were on a ride I looked at the wheel and said “Why are there two magnets?” He felt kind of silly.


  2. I have whipped up a map with my East Bound plans for May with the dates. If you think we’ll intersect it would be cool to stop and have a magnet count. The dates are on the push pins on the map.

    If you find my body along the, feel free to call the ICE contact on my bike, you are welcome to use my credit card to cover the shipping.

    I will be doing some of the erie canal, but i’ll have a bike with 700X40C tires, see how that lines up with your trip.


  3. I guess i did not. So here is my Eastbound map with dates for my trip in May. Take a look and see if we’ll pass each other. If we do lets try and say hello.

    If you find my body, there will be a ICE number on the bike, and feel free to use my credit card to ship the body.

    I will be doing quite a bit of the canal, but my bike has 700 X 40C tires.


    • Sorry, about that Steve! I have moderation turned on for comments with links…helps keep the spam down. However, I can’t access the link, when I click on it, it says I don’t have permission to view it. I did request access though, so I think google sent you an email about it.

      I am so excited! I hope we do cross paths, I would love to stop and chat. The person with the most magnets wins 😀


    • Okay, I checked out your map and yes, we should pass right by each other. Right now we are planning on leaving the 18th so I think we will meet you on the 23rd or 24th.


    • So right! (I actually haven’t taken the second sensor off, I just tucked it down by the hub so that the computer wouldn’t pick it up anymore. This way I can instantly double my speed and mileage anytime I want to, hehe)


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