I was at the exact halfway point of my 10mile commute home last night, when the chain on my Giant Terrago mountain bike snapped, in the worst area of the ride (where the past-time for kids is throwing rocks at powerlines, to see what happens...).
Needless to say, as the bike is only 2 months old, I wasn't happy. In fact, I was a 'little' rude to the guy at the place i bought it from when he said it would be two to three days before they could look at it. I didn't swear or anything, just said I'd got to a rival, and hung up in the middle of one of his sentences. (For which I'm very sorry...) But still, two month's old, a chain snaps - I've had bikes for 10 years that I've dropped off the back of car, and nothing like that happened. What happened to customer service? Or is it just a grumpy morning for John again??
Anyway (sorry, got a bit off topic there).
My commute is along a canal track, so there's very little hills and it's a relatively smooth ride. I do like to push it, and ride fast, but I'm very careful about choosing the right gear for hill/leg work effiicency, so I don't try to take a bit steep hill in 24th gear or something daft like that. There's no off-track downhill nastiness to contend with, nothing got stuck in the chain at the point it went, and I smacked my nuts off the handles bar as it snapped.
Which wasn't good...
Anyway... my question is this. As I was only going up a small inclince, and was in an appropriate gear (middle crank on the front, 4 on the back (out of a total 3x8 gears)) the chain wasn't sufferering any untoward stress, so why/how/should this happen? And should I be worried about this happening again??
I'm going to take it to another store (as I seem to have burnt my bridges with the other one for the time being) to get it repaired now, but I don't want to think this could happen again. Hell, if it had happened the time I was 30 miles from home - it would have REALLY sucked...
Any advice, comfort (or ice!!) would be very much appreciated.
Oh, and for ages, I read posts on this forum talking about LBS, and wondered where i could find a store called LBS. It was at the nut-cracking point that it came to me, Local Bike Shop... I would have shouted Eureka, but I think it would have come out as more of a squeal, and all the local kid hoodlums would have started throwing stones at me instead...
Have a nice day.