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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-17-09, 03:50 PM   #1
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When it rains, it pours!

No, it's not a post about the weather. It's about replacing stuff on my distance bike.

I've got over 7000 miles on it, so it's understandable that my Clydeness and propensity towards long, hilly rides will put some hurt on a bike. Cables, brake pads, tires, all the usual wear and tear parts have been replaced; and that's not unusual.

Earlier this year I replaced the rear wheel because I ground the machined surface of the rim thin enough it was bowing out at the bead!
A couple months ago I threw the chain on a shift and mangled my rear derailleur, so I replaced that.
Two days ago I replaced the chain since it was a outside of spec. when I measured it up...
and it was skipping on the cogs like crazy the next morning on my way to work so I stopped by the shop last night and bought a new cassette.
Now I'm going to pick up a new bottom bracket because that's making some clicky/grinding noise with every rotation of the cranks.

With the exception of the wheel, it's not expensive stuff... $50 at most. But geez, did it all have to wear out within 4 months of each other?
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Old 06-17-09, 05:33 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about all the issues. When you get it all taken care of, you can go ahead and send it to me and let me share your burden (hey, its what friends do). This way you will be free to purchace the bike of your dreams! Dont worry, I'll take good care of the cross-check!
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Old 06-17-09, 05:58 PM   #3
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Wow, I've got over 19000 miles on my wheel no problems. Who adjusted the rear derailleur? I'd charge them with that notch on the bad mechanic's pole!
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Wow, I've got over 19000 miles on my wheel no problems. Who adjusted the rear derailleur? I'd charge them with that notch on the bad mechanic's pole!
I ride a lot in rain, and put a lot of hard, gritty braking on my wheels. I can't imagine getting 20k from a wheel.

The rd wasn't the skipping issue, it was a new chain on an old cassette, and it was my fault since I do all my own wrenching. I run my bike in full friction mode, so it's not like it can get out of adjustment. New cassette solved the issue.
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Make sure the noise from the bottom bearing isn't actually a pedal.
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I ride a lot in rain, and put a lot of hard, gritty braking on my wheels. I can't imagine getting 20k from a wheel
I thought about mentioning that. That would be my thoughts but if I mention components/equipment wearing out sooner due to rain and grit, I will be followed around by a forum stalker and my every comment and/or opinion will be posted in a harrassing manner. Then when I send a filthy threatening message to the stalker/puppet, I will be warned by the mods!

So I didn't bring up the issue. But I know I went thru one a set of brakes on ONE ride in the rain!

I am lucky with the lack of rain here. NO need to brake on fast descents.
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Make sure the noise from the bottom bearing isn't actually a pedal.
Already checked and done. It was making noise when hand turned by the crankarm. Unfortunately, the fixed (drive side) cup is seized in the farking shell and refuses to budge. I've got it soaking with WD-40 sprayed in from the opposite side (the nds cup came out OK after a couple of hefty whacks) so hopefully by tomorrow this thing will be loosened up. If I can't remove it tomorrow before work, I'm just taking it to the shop. There is no way in hell anyone used grease or anti-seize compound when assembling this thing. I'm pretty sure it's going to need hit with a torch to get this damned thing out.

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I thought about mentioning that. That would be my thoughts but if I mention components/equipment wearing out sooner due to rain and grit, I will be followed around by a forum stalker and my every comment and/or opinion will be posted in a harrassing manner. Then when I send a filthy threatening message to the stalker/puppet, I will be warned by the mods!

So I didn't bring up the issue. But I know I went thru one a set of brakes on ONE ride in the rain!

I am lucky with the lack of rain here. NO need to brake on fast descents.
In the summer, we don't get a whole lot of rain... but that's only 3 months out of the year. The other 9 months are pretty soggy, and the winter brings us a mix of rain, snow and slush. The city uses sand and cinders on the roads, so I fully understand going through a pair of brake pads in a single long ride. I was going through a pair every 3 weeks to a month during the winter (KS Salmon V-brake cartridge type pads).
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