I had to leave it at my LBS today for repairs. I'm really surprised/shocked at my reaction to this.. it's like the empty place in my garage is a hole in my heart.... *dramatic sniffling* They said they'd try to have it ready for me by Monday, but I wouldn't be surprised if they have to order some parts and it takes longer than that.
During my ride yesterday, the Pedals started making knocking, then grinding sounds and the handlebars started creaking loudly, and half the time when I shift down into the "granny gear," even if I do it correctly and carefully, my chain pops off... I have a possibly irrational fear that my bike just won't stand up to me riding it, and that it's going to be one thing after another, every hundred miles or so.
I'm a little concerned that my LBS won't suggest good solutions for someone of my size, if parts need replacing. My wheels have been OK since they straightened them, even after hitting some pretty good bumps at pretty high speeds. But is it possible that standard handlebars and pedals just aren't strong enough? Or are these problems normal as a bike gets broken in, and things just need to be tightened up?
Suggestions are welcome, and I'll let you know what happens when the LBS calls to let me know what they think needs to be done.