Hi. I got seriously into biking a little over a year ago. I guess it was the movie "The Fast And The Furious" that did it to me. I have no car, so my bike was the closest thing to a car. So I got searching the internet, and my interest grew, and I have started biking far more than I used to.
I have a Nishiki (what model I do not know). When I first got it, one of the cranks kept falling off. My idea (at the time) of fixing it was to hammer it into place. This ruined the threads, so we had to get a new crank. Okay, an old crank. We took it off my old Mountain bike. My friend assisted me with getting it on. It only fell off once after that. Now, for years it gave me little to no problems. This may be due to the fact that: a.) I did not ride very fast. b.) I did not ride very much or very far.
So one day, shortly after watching the fast and the furious, I take my bike out to the school track to see how fast I can do 1 lap. Halfway through, it starts acting weird and is hard to pedal. I looked and saw nothing wrong, so I kept going. Less than 1/4 lap later, the deraileur is toast. The mount bent into the spokes, and it got chewed up.
Fortunately, my Opa had a bunch of old parts kicking about, so I was able to replace the deraileur, and the chain (too many links were twisted out of shape).
Eventually, I have to replace the pedal on the crank (the same crank that I had mentioned replacing earlier. The pedal was kind of bend from the start). Time goes by, and the replacement pedal starts to bend as well.
So, I go about, riding somewhat regularly. One day, I was riding along the irrigation canal, when I lose my pedal. The same one I just replace. It just snapped right off at the base. So I limp home on my bike, and replace it. More time goes by, I think I wind up replacing another pedal at some point in time. Now, yesterday, I am riding my bike to work, and the pedal on the original crank breaks! Fortunately, the pedal axle was still there, but the rest of the pedal came right off. So, when I get home, I replace it.
Now, my question to you guys is this: Do you have any idea as to WHY I have such pedal problems? Could it be the fact that they are older pedals to begin with? Could having size 14 extra wide feet play a role? I usually don't ride standing up. I only put my bodys weight on the pedals when dismounting. Could there maybe be something weird in my pedaling style that is causing me to go through so many pedals? Anybody else have this problem, or am I just an oddball? At the rate I'm going, I'll be out of spare pedals in a year or two, and then biking is going to start costing a lot in pedals.
I'm going to be leaving home for a bit over a month this summer, and I want to continue biking without having to worry about suddenly finding myself 2 pedals short of a bike. Any help/sugestions would be greatly appreciated.