Bicycle Mechanics - Claud Butler pedal shear
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Just discovered the joy of cycling (fed up of other car users while i was driving, and also to help me get some exercise for my recovering fractured foot), I 'borrowed' my brothers Kirk Revolution for a while, before buying a Claud Butler 'Stone River'.
Today, barely a week after it arrived the right pedal flew of taking the thread as well for the peddle attatchment, this really has annoyed me. So im thinking, is there a quality issue with CB bikes, am I just unlucky? Or have i not made the right decision on the choice of bike?
For the record my journey to work is via a canal towpath mainly rough and gravely now, muddy in wet), is the bike not built for this type of trip on regular basis?
Thanks in advance
I cannot really help you with your query, but last month I bought a bike and nearly every shop I went into tried pushing a CB on me,
Was the pedal Tighten up enough ? did you check ?
Another thing are you alright ?
The first bike I bought did the same whilst I was cycling and it's still one of the most painful things that has happened to me on a bike, I still shudder at the way the pedal came off and I shot forward hitting certain parts of my anatomy against the handlebars:eek:
No I didnt hurt myself, thanks for asking, yup when u get hurt below it tends to stick with u forever!
Funny thing was as i was attempting to fix it an old chap was clipping his hedge, came over to offer assistance and told me he used to work for CB, then started bemoaning the plastic and other such materials used in todays bikes!
Im thinking this is a one off, sorta glad, im sorry to say Ouch, that someone else has had the problem, still annoying though..
07-24-02, 03:01 PM
It sounds like what happens if the mechanic forgets to thread the pedal into the crankarm more than a few threads during assembly. You should bring this up with the shop. If just one or two threads were involved, they may be able to chase the threads with a tap and get you back into the action. If not, I know I would replace the crankarm no questions asked in hopes of making amends with the customer.
They have ordered me a new crankarm, as the whole length of the pedal bolt ripped the equivalent length of thread out (if u get what i mean), I can understand this happening on a bike thats had lots of wear and use, but mine is barely a week old :mad:
07-24-02, 03:31 PM
Wow! :eek: I can think of a couple possible explainations, one of which is simply bad metal/tempering. Good luck with the new one! :)
07-25-02, 03:07 AM
I don't think Claud Butler are any better or worse than Saracen, or other budget British brands - one of their bikes got quite a good review in What Mountain Bike recently.
I think it's probably a one off.
Sounds like it may have been overtightened, stripping the thread. Check the other one!!
Thanks for input ppl, do u think it may be wise to invest in torque wrench to set to the recommend values??
Campag Fetish Boy
07-26-02, 04:53 PM
CB - are actually extinct nowadays. They are manufactured by Falcon cycles who IMO are very poor quality. They tend to use the Nice Paint/Rear Deraillure tactic and tend to cut back to the minimum on Chainset/BB/Hubs.
Saracen are actually quite well made, using a lot of genuine Shimano parts on areas such as Hubs and Chainsets.
Unfortunately virtually every UK bike under £500 tends to use Tange semi-sealed BBs (ie 1 side has sealed bearings, the other side uses a traditional ballbearings in a race fitted into a cup method) They use plastic for the shells etc...... They're a pain in the backside. Whenever a customer of mine brings one back faulty I always upgrade them to a UN52 at least.
Campag Fetish Boy & all who have replied
Thanks again for the input, since I got my bike I realised how much I hated my mundane drive to work, and the rudeness of other motorists. But since, through this thread I'verealised that buying a bike can be as pitful as buying a car, I know more about Saab cars than anyone, but I gotta say, my experience so far has been great and as my gf says 'once I got my mind set on something, theres no going back'. I may have got the wrong choice of bike, but im glad i got one.
NB About CB, they prefer to deal through their dealers and rather not speak directly to the customer themselves, I found this out by talking to my dealer, lack of faith in their products maybe?
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