Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes: Dean El Diente, Bianchi Milano, Litespeed Xicon, Specialized Tarmac Pro
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Reminds me of all the arrogant mechanics out there who maintain their bikes in pristine condition but just can't be bothered to make that ride, let alone contribute at the front of the paceline, unless it's 70 degrees and sunny. Give 'em hell, hiccuphell.
I have similar issues with my bike, but if I'm faced with making the ride, spending time with my kids, and following the increasingly rigorous maintenance requirements of today's equipment, guess which item falls off the list?
For my part, I'm frustrated generally with the custom-built wheelsets. It's hard to figure out how to maintain them. I have Mavic Cosmos wheels and Ritchey Pro wheels. Both have freehub and spoke problems. I need to remind myself next time to spend a bit extra for easily serviceable Shimano hubs and standard DT spokes.
The Mavic tech site can be accessed for how-to guides with the following url and userid/password:
then mavic-com and dealer. Then at least you have access to tech guides.
I love cycling and have been in it for 23 years, but you have to build up some patience to deal with all the poseurs and martinets.