Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Bikes: Bianchi Volpe, Giant OCR-1, and a 1996 Raleigh M60 MTB
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We have a solution!
I have a great LBS. I took the bike in tonight and got the same mechanic that rebuilt it at Christmas. Basically when I bought the bike the seat post was too small. I had replaced it and had to stretch the tube opening to get the correct tube to fit. I did my best to get rid of the burrs, but apparently not. Along with not having used enough grease, one of those burrs was boring into the seat post making all of the clicking and squeaking. He didn't see any sign of cracking. He knew about the problem with Techniums, but said he also knew of tons of them being ridden forever by big guys. More importantly he said the paint will start to chip before failure.
The reason the LBS (John from"The Hub", a co-op off of Washington) is so great is that he rode it around the block twice, and quickly honed it out and greased it for me, and solved and ordered a new chainring for me. All this within 30 minutes of closing time. Amazing