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A litany of disasters!

plonkplonk Posts: 37
edited August 2009 in Road beginners
Hi guys, this is my first post after a long time lurking in the shadows. I apologise for it being a long one, but I need to vent some frustration!

After spending a year doing my 20 mile round trip commute on a horrible old nameless mountain bike, and then a very heavy old steel raleigh racer I decided to take the plunge and by myself a proper steed. I went for the best I could afford at the time (Trek 1000 SL) and even though it's near the bottom of the pile as far as road bikes go, the difference it made to my commute was amazing, and I very quickly became 'bit by the bug'.

Fast forward 3 months and several large credit card transactions to buy various bits of kit, and my blissful affair with the road was suddenly cut short by a dozy cow at a roundabout who didn’t look before pulling out of a junction and drove straight into my back wheel. I flew across the road and was miraculously unhurt. I took the bike to my LBS, and she said she would foot the bill for any damage to the bike.

However, she soon changed her tune when I told her how much the replacement wheel and other bits would cost, and became very reluctant to fork out, claiming that 'I could buy a new bike for that amount'. Anyway, it got a bit nasty and tedious, but she eventually paid up after about 7 weeks, and I was finally reunited with my bike. I then began to ride in earnest, adding a few long weekend trips to my 100 miles a week, and upping my average to something I was quite proud of.

After a couple of months of this I was tinkering with the front mech when the thread holding the clamp onto the tube gave out, and this is when things started to get complicated. I presumed this was a fairly easy thing to replace, so rather than take it to my LBS in town I took it down to the local chap in the village to sort out. 1 month later he still hadnt found the part, claiming that my tube was oversized (something my wife is always moaning about too).

I was a bit miffed by this point as he'd said various times on the phone that he'd 'have it done by the end of the week', so I told him not to bother and took my bike off in a huff to my really helpful LBS in town. However, turns out the local village chap was right, and they too had a tough time finding a braze for a 40mm seat tube. Another month later (yesterday in fact) and I finally go to pick up my bike with a brand new shiny front deraillieur and all is well.

Or so I thought.

When I'd taken the bike off in a huff from local village chap I didn’t give him a chance to relink the chain. I tried to do it myself but made a bit of a pigs ear of it as I didn’t know what I was doing. I mentioned this to helpful LBS and they said no worries, we'll sort that out when we fit the front mech. I reckon with all the fuss in finding an oversized clamp they forgot, as this morning when I was enjoying my first ride in two months the chain came apart and became snagged in the rear mech which completely shattered.

Thank goodness I was mashing up a hill at the time, otherwise it would have been a completely different story. I managed to get off the road and had a bit of a wobbly lip moment when I realised that I'm going to be off the road AGAIN for the forseeable. My wallet just aint going to stretch to a whole new rear mech after a whole new front mech, and I'm very close to accepting I'm cursed and jacking this whole lark in!

Someone stop me before I do something rash, like putting my whole bike kit on ebay!


  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Paragraphs are your friend :shock:
  • plonkplonk Posts: 37
    Sorry. And i do apologise for the length of this post! I hadnt realised it was going to be such a whopper. Not really the best way of introducing myself i guess...
  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,175
    Is the mech definitely for the scrap bin? Any pics? They're very simple devices to take apart and you can usually get spare parts for them (cages etc).
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  • Chip \'oylerChip \'oyler Posts: 2,323
    Don't worry - I'm sure 99% of people on here (myself included) have had misshaps. You just learn to laugh about it and get your wallet out. The lure of cycling is too strong.

    Mind you I find that my cycling missaps come in three's, usually within the space of a couple of days :roll:
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  • plonkplonk Posts: 37
    Nope, the rear mech is well and truly mangled. A lot of it is strewn across the road! Chips right, i just have to stick my hand back in my pocket...
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    I'm sorry to hear that. It must have been very frustrating.

    With the chain issue, I would consider going to your LBS and pointing out that due to them not doing what you asked for you now have a broken rear mech.

    It is their fault and if they are half decent they will replace it at no or a reduced cost.
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  • gabriel959gabriel959 Posts: 4,227
    I like this bit - made me laugh! :lol:

    "...claiming that my tube was oversized (something my wife is always moaning about too). "
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  • carl_pcarl_p Posts: 989
    A few lessons to be learned:

    1. If involved in an accident with a motorist and your bike is damaged, go through the insurance companies. Chances are they would have gave you a new bike to settle the claim, especially if there was a whiff of bodily injury to you.
    2. Don't mess with your bike unless you know what you are doing.
    3. Don't take your bike to the village idiot for repair. They are most likely unqualified and untrained.
    4. Get two bikes. If you had pursued point 1. you may had already been there if the insce company had let you keep the salvage. Breakages and essential maintenance often coincides with wanting to ride.

    Seriously though, you're lucky - you could have been killed or badly injured in either incident. Get the bike repaired (new chain obviously) and get back on the road asap, there's not much of summer left.
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  • plonkplonk Posts: 37
    Yep, i've certainly learnt lessons 1, 2 and 4. I've found being off the road really frustrating, so a second bike would be a sound investment. It's also made me realise the truth in what a lot of people have pointed out here in the past - you get what you pay for. Cheaper bikes with cheaper components are far more likely to go wrong, and you'll end up paying for them further down the line.

    Lesson 3 may be a bit harsh though! He's not an idiot, just a bit chaotic.

    Thanks for the support though, i'll let you know what the LBS says.

    And i promise not to post any biblical epics anymore!
  • carl_pcarl_p Posts: 989
    Yes I apologise for point 3 no offense intended to you or your mechannic. I'd earlier been posting on a forum where it is customary to be rude to people, forgot where I was. :(
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  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    Great thread, very entertaining! Nice one plonk ..
  • RockhopperRockhopper Posts: 503
    They would have had to split the chain to fit the new front mech so go back to the LBS and show them whats happened and get them to sort if out FOC.
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