Sometime you just want to throw your bike away!

DonDaddyD
DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
edited March 2009 in Commuting chat
Sometimes you just want to throw your bike away!

Yesterday I bought some muck-off and missed heroes cleaning my bike. I even bought a toothbrush to scrub things and places I haven’t even seen on the bike before then. - I noticed a slight bend in the left rear chainstay and a slight crease at the bend.

Scrubbed, degreased, scrubbed, wiped, polished, oiled, checked tyre pressure gave it a kiss goodnight. :)

Today I was just about to set off and found I had a flat tyre on the rear wheel. Only innertube I had was the latex one I b*tched about a few weeks back. :?

On the commute the same ankle pain that plagued me yesterday was ever present forcing me to ride the 39 ring. Then in Balham my freewheel (Fulcrum Racing 7 so very clickyty) stopped making its sound and ran virtually silent. :shock: Listening carefully it does make a light clicky sound then stops the clicky sound again.

Then along Coldharbour lane all of a sudden the rear tyre exploded. Complete flat and I was out of innertubes so I had to walk to work. :evil:

It really is frustrating; I’m tired of upgrading and repairing. I even got emotional… :cry: It’s just so annoying, I want to love the damn thing but every part of it just isn’t right, doesn’t feels right, doesn’t fit right and what is quickly becoming apparent doesn’t work right.

Have you had day's like this.
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A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game

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  • whyamihere
    whyamihere Posts: 7,708
    May I suggest a full carbon beauty with Super Record?
  • MrChuck
    MrChuck Posts: 1,663
    Yep- more on the MTB rather than the road/commute but sometimes it just feels like lurching from one problem to the next, always with something that's not quite working as it should either on the body or the bike.

    Some days you just have less patience with it than others though and it's very easy to forget the times when everything's ticking along fine.
  • Soul Boy
    Soul Boy Posts: 359
    I've kicked mine several times. :oops:
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    It really is frustrating; I’m tired of upgrading and repairing. I even got emotional… :cry: It’s just so annoying, I want to love the damn thing but every part of it just isn’t right, doesn’t feels right, doesn’t fit right and what is quickly becoming apparent doesn’t work right.

    You need one of these:

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  • DonDaddyD wrote:
    Sometimes you just want to throw your bike away!

    Yesterday I bought some muck-off and missed heroes cleaning my bike. I even bought a toothbrush to scrub things and places I haven’t even seen on the bike before then. - I noticed a slight bend in the left rear chainstay and a slight crease at the bend.

    Scrubbed, degreased, scrubbed, wiped, polished, oiled, checked tyre pressure gave it a kiss goodnight. :)

    Today I was just about to set off and found I had a flat tyre on the rear wheel. Only innertube I had was the latex one I b*tched about a few weeks back. :?

    On the commute the same ankle pain that plagued me yesterday was ever present forcing me to ride the 39 ring. Then in Balham my freewheel (Fulcrum Racing 7 so very clickyty) stopped making its sound and ran virtually silent. :shock: Listening carefully it does make a light clicky sound then stops the clicky sound again.

    Then along Coldharbour lane all of a sudden the rear tyre exploded. Complete flat and I was out of innertubes so I had to walk to work. :evil:

    It really is frustrating; I’m tired of upgrading and repairing. I even got emotional… :cry: It’s just so annoying, I want to love the damn thing but every part of it just isn’t right, doesn’t feels right, doesn’t fit right and what is quickly becoming apparent doesn’t work right.

    Have you had day's like this.

    No.

    Don't worry about the noise from the free wheel.

    Do probably pinched the new inner under the bead of the tyre when you fitted it. Explosion sounds like a pinch flat. Unless, of course, there's a big hole in the tyre. In which case it's just bad luck.

    Ankle: ibuprofen; elevate it; ice it. Then see a physio about it.

    It's just a bad day. Nothing more.
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  • Clever Pun
    Clever Pun Posts: 6,778
    Been there, the red mist descends and you just want to pick it up and

    I think this sums it up
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    you will get these days but it'll be long forgotten when the bike is back and running smoothly or when you're grumbling about the tube and the one day you take it's a billion degrees and massive delays

    Also have spare inner tubes at work and at home... go on order a pack of 5 now or from the bike shop near your work
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  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Jash, If I had one of those, would you still want to race me? :twisted:

    My girlfriend and I are in negotiations over 0% Finance on an Izoard.... If not then it'll be an Argon 18 Krypton or Kuota Kharma on Cycle to Work (can't afford the £1000 surplus on the Izoard through cycle to work).

    Its a near certainty that I'll be getting carbon at some point... but I'm seriously wondering whether my SCR3 can last another year and whether I want it to...
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • jonginge
    jonginge Posts: 5,945
    Clever Pun wrote:
    Been there, the red mist descends and you just want to pick it up and

    Also have spare inner tubes at work and at home... go on order a pack of 5 now or from the bike shop near your work
    +1 I (normally*) carry 2 and have spares at work.

    * goes off to wiggle
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  • Clever Pun
    Clever Pun Posts: 6,778
    JonGinge wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    Been there, the red mist descends and you just want to pick it up and

    Also have spare inner tubes at work and at home... go on order a pack of 5 now or from the bike shop near your work
    +1 I (normally*) carry 2 and have spares at work.

    * goes off to wiggle

    yeah I carry 2 and have 1 at work and some in my workshop*

    *I'm testing this out, it's a bike shed with tools in, but workshop sound much cooler
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  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Clever Pun wrote:
    Been there, the red mist descends and you just want to pick it up and

    I think this sums it up
    135078000_l.jpg
    LMAO, very true.

    Elevated the ankle, will RICE it when I'm at home.

    As for the bike, grrrr still frustrated with it.
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • always_tyred
    always_tyred Posts: 4,965
    You should throw your bike away.
  • Totalnewbie
    Totalnewbie Posts: 932
    I twice attempted Ditchling Beacon on my heavy hybrid before I got my tourer.

    There was an occasion when, as I had to get off and push, I came very, very, very close to chucking the thing over the edge in a fit of anger. But I contented myself with calling it a very bad name instead.
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Jash, If I had one of those, would you still want to race me? :twisted:

    Yep, if you had a custom Viner I'd still want to race you. It's all about the engine (something I'm well aware of, but not something that will ever reduce my desire for bling).

    Pity we didn't get the opp to joust on Sunday, the legs felt good!
  • Jamey
    Jamey Posts: 2,152
    I discovered a new sqeak/creak yesterday but I think it's the Avid brake arms that I posted about previously, which will be replaced with XT arms at the earliest opportunity, so I'm not too worried.
  • soy_sauce
    soy_sauce Posts: 987
    i had one of those day before..... i was cycling throught a park and i heard some unusual noise coming from the chain rings so i look down to try to find out what it was , by the time i look back up there was a tree in front of me. as what everyone would do i use my break but since i always use my front break... yup, i end up go over my handlebar and landed on the mud. :oops: . saw a battary lying on the floor but didn't realised it was from my rear light until i got to work and found out my rear light was missing.... and i only had it for a day.. gutted!!!
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  • simon_e
    simon_e Posts: 1,706
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    As for the bike, grrrr still frustrated with it.
    Understandable, but don't give up on the old thing just yet! Bikes used all year round need TLC, not just the occasional wash. I found my old MTB was better on this score than my SCR, which has not shrugged off the winter salt as well. Still, that's not really a suprise.

    Remember that a flashy new bike will only end up the same in due course unless you only ride it in good weather or strip and clean it thoroughly after every wet ride.
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  • Bassjunkieuk
    Bassjunkieuk Posts: 4,232
    Just sounds like a rather bad day. All you have to do is close your eyes and think back to "THE ROAD" from Sunday's ride :-)

    Much like you I also aspire to having a greater piece of kit to ride but it secretly scares me how much time and effort I'd need to put into keeping it running sweet!
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  • DonDaddyD
    DonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    DonDaddyD wrote:
    Jash, If I had one of those, would you still want to race me? :twisted:

    Yep, if you had a custom Viner I'd still want to race you. It's all about the engine (something I'm well aware of, but not something that will ever reduce my desire for bling).

    Pity we didn't get the opp to joust on Sunday, the legs felt good!

    Lets swap bikes then?

    Or better yet swap bikes with Bassjunkie and let him race you!

    :D:D:D

    Despite my horrific current lack of stamina it is my goal:

    To take part in Highclere Sportive (probably the 44miler)
    Ride the Capital to Coast.
    Possibly racing yourself at the end of August.....

    @Bass, that road was brilliant wasn't it!?

    I'm over my bike issues now, I'm taking train home tonight (ankle) and resting off the bike until the end of the week - probably giving the bike another go on Sunday... once I've cooled down.

    @Blondie, classic video and exactly how I felt!
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • Bassjunkieuk
    Bassjunkieuk Posts: 4,232
    Alas DDD I suspect due to me being a bit "vertically challenged" I would struggle to fit on the Prince :x

    If you are doing the C2C let me know and I should be able to meet you at Wimbledon train station, would be good to have a riding buddy - I found it much easier to pace myself when riding at the weekend when I had other more experienced riders with me, rather then my usual bat out of hell technique where I just try to go everywhere fast!
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  • Clever Pun
    Clever Pun Posts: 6,778
    Alas DDD I suspect due to me being a bit "vertically challenged" I would struggle to fit on the Prince :x

    we could get you a step
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  • Bassjunkieuk
    Bassjunkieuk Posts: 4,232
    Clever Pun wrote:
    Alas DDD I suspect due to me being a bit "vertically challenged" I would struggle to fit on the Prince :x

    we could get you a step

    :lol: :evil: unless you have a pair of platform speedplays?
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  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    Peeps are welcome to try Il Principe, but the old caveat will be in play: "You break it, you pay for it!"

    :D .