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Old 06-26-14, 04:47 AM   #1
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Don't you hate it when this happens?

I was riding home yesterday on my cruiser and I broke a crank. It's a GT Kustom Kruiser from 2000 so I suppose it could have been metal fatigue. Anyway, I feel like the luckiest guy in Grand Rapids because I was standing on the pedals when it happened and I landed on my feet (and not my face). Guess I should lay off the 'roids, eh?

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Old 06-26-14, 09:41 AM   #2
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I always hate it when something on the bike breaks or goes flat.
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Old 06-26-14, 05:23 PM   #3
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WOW! That certainly could've ended much worse than it did! Makes me want to go out and check mine ... Glad you're OK!!!
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Old 06-27-14, 06:07 AM   #4
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WOW! That certainly could've ended much worse than it did! Makes me want to go out and check mine ... Glad you're OK!!!
Thanks! This is a cautionary tale about inspecting the bike when it doesn't feel right...before it broke it sort of felt like the core of that pedal was bent and I made a note to swap out the pedals (the ones on there are plastic. I have some proper rubber ones to slap on). I shoulda looked a little harder because I would have found a giant crack in the crank. There was a patch of rust across the broken face so I assume it cracked and the elements were able to go to work on it.

I seriously lucked out!
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I can honestly say I thought broken cranks were a rarer occurrence, but I'm finding out the opposite is true. I guess I've just been lucky all these years - in the 30 years I've been on two wheels, I've never broken one. Pedals, sure, but never a crank. Heck, I'm on my third set of pedals on my Rip Curl in two years, and it has just under 1,700 miles on it. I'll certainly be keeping close tabs on the thing now!
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On my mystery cruiser, the sprocket tab, finger, whatever had broken off, a wall was what stopped me, the tire saved the rim from bending with the fork.
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