Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Berkeley, CA
Bikes: '72 Cilo Pacer • '72 Peugeot PX10 • '73 Speedwell Ti • '74 Nishiki Competition • '74 Peugeot UE-8 • '86 Look Equipe 753 • '86 Look KG86 • '89 Parkpre Team Road • '90 Parkpre Team MTB • '90 Merlin
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I hate city roads
I recently purchased a set of Araya red tubular rims which I meticulously polished and then built up to complete my Park Pre restoration. I've been slowly tinkering with this bike and working out some kinks, and probably have less than 30 miles on the wheels when...
Riding on a tight stretch of road with a delivery truck on my left, I approach a rain gutter and notice that it's missing the perpendicular slats to prevent my wheel from dropping in. There was just enough pavement between the truck and the drain, except there was also a lot of gravel, which caused my rear wheel to slide right into the drain regardless, gouging up my freshly built wheels.
Oh well, more sanding...
and back to new. I normally enjoy (or at least don't mind) polishing alloy parts. However, knowing that I had so recently polished these same rims took all enjoyment out of the task.