ok, the reason I am asking is because I have a brand new bike... I was messing with the quick release lever. I basically opened it, moved the rear wheel out, put the rear wheel back in and closed the lever. Then I saw a little warning sticker saying that I should not attempt to undo the release unless I have thouroughly read the section in the manual. honestly, I hadn't. the guy at the bike shop demonstrated the technique and I figured it was pretty hard to screw up... so I went on my way. about 15 minutes later, I fell. Now, I am no advanced biker. I started again two days ago for the first time in 7 years... but I really cant tell why I fell. I was crossing a street, going into a smooth driveway for gosh sakes. all of a sudden the front wheel turned under me and the bike fell. I get up, the front wheel wont turn... one of the break pads has been bent into the wheel... I have no clue what happened. I almost think that the break thing happened before the fall, I am so unsure of why exactly I fell. Perhapse something with my lack of knowledge regarding the quick release? that is the only variable that I can come up with... anyway, taking the bike in 2morrow.
concern number 2 (I am a paranoid dude)
I call someone up to pick me up and he doesnt have a bike rack... we leave the trunk open (his car is a sedan, no room in back seat)
we put as much of the bike as we can into the car and gently lower the trunk. We drive slowly, but the trunk can be clearly heard banging against the bike frame.
So... is this time spent in the trunk bad for the bike/frame? I mean, it IS a freakin mountain bike... I dont think a little car trunk hitting it for the ten minute ride home would hurt it. ... but since I am asking about this other suff, I might as well ask about all my current worries.
at any rate, the bike shop should be able to placate me tomorrow and get everything in tip top shape...
man, this was a disappointing day.