New Bike a "Lemon"?
Does anyone feel like helping a novice cyclist?
I bought an el cheapo mountain bike for £110 three years ago, left it in the garden to rust, and never used it. Only recently my wife acquired an equally inexpensive (pseudo) mountain bike, I took it out on the local cycle ways and loved it, so I decided to get a very basic bike just to ride for fun. I bought the bike on line for not much more than £100 from a catalogue company. I very foolishly ripped off the decals because it was a girl’s bike (I’m only five eight), so I can’t return it. After only a couple of five mile rides the rear wheel moved out of alignment and started to rub against the rear forks; long walk home; I realigned the rear wheel but it keeps slowly drifting out of alignment, what’s up with that? Also, the bike just doesn’t ride well at all, the gears keep slipping; could the bike be being slowed down because the rear brake is dragging on the misaligned wheel? My rusty bike, which is “frozen” into a middle gear and has severe rust on every major component actually rides better than the new one, I know I shouldn’t be riding it though. My wife is about to kick my ass for wasting money that could have been spent on shoes and handbags, I can only fool her that my investment only needs a few minor adjustments for so long. Help!