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Stupid Maintenance Advice

verlorenverloren Posts: 337
edited June 2012 in The cake stop
I'm considering getting Speedplay Zero pedals and took a look at their maintenance advice, which includes this advice on regreasing the internal bearings:
Pedals should always be lubricated immediately after riding in wet, rainy or unusually dusty conditions.

I appreciate manufacturers of just about anything are overly cautious around maintenance and upkeep, but this seems outlandish to me. Anyone got similar examples?

'09 Enigma Eclipse with SRAM.
'10 Tifosi CK7 Audax Classic with assorted bits for the wet weather
'08 Boardman Hybrid Comp for the very wet weather.

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  • Cleat EastwoodCleat Eastwood Posts: 8,191
    speedplay are pretty high maintenance though - and do need regular greasing.
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  • davieseedaviesee Posts: 6,473
    Read a Campagnolo manual.
    Practically every page warns of "Possible Death"! :shock:

    I used bold because they do :wink:
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • Redhog14Redhog14 Posts: 1,377
    daviesee wrote:
    Read a Campagnolo manual.
    Practically every page warns of "Possible Death"! :shock:

    I used bold because they do :wink:


    similar nonsense from Specialzed - "Risk of Serious injury and possibly Death" if you engage in extreme activities. This on an MTB manual!
  • Smokin JoeSmokin Joe Posts: 5,669
    Yet they leave out the really important safety advice.

    Have you ever seen a sticker on a bike advising you not to rest your penis on the chain while turning the pedals? I haven't, and one can only imagine the consequences.
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,792
    Redhog14 wrote:
    similar nonsense from Specialzed - "Risk of Serious injury and possibly Death" if you engage in extreme activities. This on an MTB manual!

    IIRC, it was Spesh which lost a case years ago, sued by the family of a kid who rode downhill at night, no helmet, no lights, ran a red light and got hit by a car. Judge reckoned they should have had warning notices ON THE BIKE ITSELF, and the fact they provided an owner's manual which explicitly stated the rules about helmets, lights and traffic rules was not sufficient to absolve them of some liability. Sheesh.

    OTOH, Speedplay are doing themselves out of business. If you maintain things properly they will last *much* longer and you won't need to buy replacement bearings...
  • Smokin JoeSmokin Joe Posts: 5,669
    Redhog14 wrote:
    similar nonsense from Specialzed - "Risk of Serious injury and possibly Death" if you engage in extreme activities. This on an MTB manual!

    IIRC, it was Spesh which lost a case years ago, sued by the family of a kid who rode downhill at night, no helmet, no lights, ran a red light and got hit by a car. Judge reckoned they should have had warning notices ON THE BIKE ITSELF, and the fact they provided an owner's manual which explicitly stated the rules about helmets, lights and traffic rules was not sufficient to absolve them of some liability. Sheesh.
    I'd be very surprised if that was true. There wouldn't be a cycle manufacturer left in business if it were.
  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 4,792
    Checked the details... not Spesh, but Derby cycles, and my memory is fading on the details, but basically I was close... Check Johnson vs Derby Cycles, 1994. Here's the summary:

    Johnson, a New Jersey high school student, was riding his bike home from work one night when he was struck by a car. The driver never saw him. The injuries were severe. Johnson wasn't using a lighting system, relying instead on his bike's reflectors. Every state requires that cyclists use headlights while riding at night. Johnson was violating state law. Nevertheless, he sued Derby Cycles (the manufacturer of his bike) because they did not print this fact in their owner's manual. A case of insufficient warning.

    While the Derby owner's manual stated that riders should use lights while riding off-road at night, it didn't state that riders should use lights while riding on the road at night. By not issuing such a specific warning, Johnson's lawyer argued, Derby gave his client the false impression that his bicycle's reflectors were adequate protection. The attorney defending the bike company argued that it was Johnson's responsibility to use a light. It was the rider's responsibility to know and obey state law. The jury disagreed: Derby had led Johnson astray. Derby had to pay. Two million dollars, to be exact.
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,433
    Smokin Joe wrote:
    Yet they leave out the really important safety advice.

    Have you ever seen a sticker on a bike advising you not to rest your penis on the chain while turning the pedals? I haven't, and one can only imagine the consequences.

    I wish I'd read this post earlier !
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  • CrapaudCrapaud Posts: 2,666
    Quite what happens if you don't follow these insructions to the letter isn't explained ...

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  • GiraffotoGiraffoto Posts: 2,078
    One of my colleagues had a label on his bike that said: "Always wear a helmet. Never ride at night" It looked official, too . . .
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