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    Biscuit Boy Cosmoline's Avatar
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    What all have you broken on your bike?

    I wonder if I'm just unusually rough on my bike. This morning on my commute the crank snapped off. Solid steel, just cracked through at the threads with the pedal. That's on top of about a dozen spokes since March, a seat post, a back rack, several inner tubes, and minor parts.
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    You broke STEEL cranks? Wow. I've busted alloy cranks but not steel. Are you above average in weight? Usually the heavier you are, the faster things break...
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    Nothing. I ride a Chicago Schwinn.

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    Let me see now, broken (or worn out):

    spokes, bottom brackets, derailleurs, cassettes, chains, 1 frame, headsets, hub bearings, rims (cracked), saddles. Tires & tubes count as consumables.

    I have yet to break a crank

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    Spokes (of course), frames x3, rear axles x2, rear derailluer, handlebars.
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    I've worn out plenty of stuff but the only thing I've ever actually broken is a rear derailleur hanger.

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    I broke a cheap 15mm open end wrench trying to loosen a non-greased left side pedal. Once.

    Tine broke and thwacked me between the eyes. Lots of blood on sidewalk (you know, head wounds and all).

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    By "broke" I assume we mean "broke, not merely wore out".

    - spokes, mostly on my '05 SpeedPro folder, though one once on my road bike

    - pedal axle while "commuting" to class in college, no clue how that happened

    - ball bearing somewhere on my old MTB years ago

    - headset on folder from bad suitcase packing job

    - little plastic thing in my folder's handlepost, which is big problem, amazingly

    - brifter cable housing

    - tacoed wheel (hit by car from behind, ouch)

    - rear derailleur and derailleur hanger (bent back, thank goodness! steel is real!!!)

    -small dent in top tube of road bike (which was eventually stolen, long ago)

    - ripped handlebar tape (does this count?)

    Gee that's a lot of stuff. I'm sure there's more, too. I don't believe that I've ever snapped a chain...
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    I just bent the front rim on my bike.... throwing it at the windshield of an SUV full of punk kids who assaulted me (Three of them were out of the SUV at the time... only the driver was still in it) When one of them punched me (or hit me with something, not sure which) in the back of the head, and was scurrying back around the other side of the SUV when I turned around, I got so pissed I hurled my bike at the windshield... put some DAMN fine cracks in it, I must say... the driver turned white, and took off, with the three chickensh** a**holes chasing him through the parking lot.

    I feel better now, though... other than the headache, of course. And no... the rim's not horrible... I can still ride it till I can afford a replacement. *pats his trusty steed*
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    The only other thing I can recall breaking is spokes on my back tire, but that was also car-related.... When some SUV tapped my back wheel for having the audacity to be riding straight through an intersection (on a green light) while she wanted to make a left turn.
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    Hrm, well... a pair of metal fenders on an old 3-speed. Two forks in one month. And the second time, the frame went with the fork . Other than that, nothing beyond some dings and scratches. Oh, well there was the time I ripped the bell off my beater by accident. With my bare hand (trying to adjust its position).

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    I'm surprised no one has said collarbone...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmoline
    I wonder if I'm just unusually rough on my bike. This morning on my commute the crank snapped off. Solid steel, just cracked through at the threads with the pedal. That's on top of about a dozen spokes since March, a seat post, a back rack, several inner tubes, and minor parts.

    I destroyed two cranks and blew three or four spokes on my Mongoose. Sometimes it gets hungry for inner tubes too. That has been over the course of 2 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807
    I just bent the front rim on my bike.... throwing it at the windshield of an SUV full of punk kids who assaulted me (Three of them were out of the SUV at the time... only the driver was still in it) When one of them punched me (or hit me with something, not sure which) in the back of the head, and was scurrying back around the other side of the SUV when I turned around, I got so pissed I hurled my bike at the windshield... put some DAMN fine cracks in it, I must say... the driver turned white, and took off, with the three chickensh** a**holes chasing him through the parking lot.

    I feel better now, though... other than the headache, of course. And no... the rim's not horrible... I can still ride it till I can afford a replacement. *pats his trusty steed*

    Holy Toledo! Who cares about the bike... Are you OK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson249
    Holy Toledo! Who cares about the bike... Are you OK?
    Yes, I'm fine, just a bump on the back of my head. But I'll treasure the look on that driver's face forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807
    I just bent the front rim on my bike.... throwing it at the windshield of an SUV full of punk kids who assaulted me (Three of them were out of the SUV at the time... only the driver was still in it) When one of them punched me (or hit me with something, not sure which) in the back of the head, and was scurrying back around the other side of the SUV when I turned around, I got so pissed I hurled my bike at the windshield... put some DAMN fine cracks in it, I must say... the driver turned white, and took off, with the three chickensh** a**holes chasing him through the parking lot.

    I feel better now, though... other than the headache, of course. And no... the rim's not horrible... I can still ride it till I can afford a replacement. *pats his trusty steed*
    I don't know if I'm happy or frightened to hear that I'm not the only one that's felt compelled to use my entire bike as a weapon. Back in Athens, OH I got clipped by some guy in an F-250. He made a right on red without stopping (and barely slowing down) and he swung out into the left-turn lane I was in. I managed to hop far enough out of the way that he just caught my left pannier and trailing edge of my rear wheel, but still knocked me down and messed up my bike and bags. He screeched to a stop, and I figured with all the people around that he was going to see if I was OK. Nah... he starts yelling at me about the damage that I've done to his truck. (Scratched paint and a little dent, from all I could tell.) I point out that my bike is unridable, and he starts in about "If you were on the sidewalk, where you belong..." I picked up my broken ride and threatened to really damage his truck if he didn't change his tune. He drove off in his scratched truck, and I had to carry my ride up a 1/2 mile hill to the lbs and bum rides off people for 2 days.
    Thankfully, that's the only time anything that bad has ever happened to me on a commute.

    As for stuff that I've broken without any external influence (aside from just being big):
    - shift cables
    - spokes
    - a pedal
    - headset bearings
    - brake lever
    - seat rail
    - 2 rear rims. They kinda get bowed out at the bead after too long with my weight crushing them.

    Not a bad tally for a bike that I've been pounding on for around 15 years, with 7 of those being minimally 3 day a week, year 'round commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmoline
    I wonder if I'm just unusually rough on my bike. This morning on my commute the crank snapped off. Solid steel, just cracked through at the threads with the pedal. That's on top of about a dozen spokes since March, a seat post, a back rack, several inner tubes, and minor parts.
    Well... I'm not gonna count tubes, brake pads, and other things that basically "wear out" rather than break:

    • Rim bent beyond repair (trying to do a wheelie and failing at the age of 12!)
    • Snapped alloy crank arm on my college mountain bike
    • Snapped bottom bracket spindle on same bike (that thing took a beating... four years outdoors in upstate NY is no joke!)
    • Broken pedal axle (yep, same bike)
    • Little plastic bits broken off of Shimano thumb shifters
    • One broken chain link under some hard pedaling
    • 2 snapped road bike brake cables (quite a disturbing occurence, frankly)
    • A few broken spokes on my commuter road bike until I got fed up and trued the wheel properly
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    I snapped a plastic SRAM rear mech. The chain wrapped around the wheels and jammed in the chainstay: not repairable by the roadside.

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    broken stuff

    I had my Mongoose hilltopper for 9 years, living in several different places.
    Things I've broken....
    Front wheel (crash), bar end (crash), 4 computers, 2 back wheels (I weigh over 250), another front wheel (crash), pedal (bearing failure), front derraileur (stick caught in chain), 2 seatposts, and finally the frame welds started cracking, so I bought a Kona.

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    Uncounted spokes...at least 20 I bet (always on the drive side of the rear rim), lots of teeth on the chain rings, Many, many rear rims (I can recall at least 6 in the past 10 years), three seats, Carbon fiber seat post, front brake cable (yes that it a disturbing occurrence), SPD pedal. It's all to be expected though, being 6'4", 230# and riding 4000 miles a year puts a lot of strain on the bike and components.

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    Spokes
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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanb
    Nothing. I ride a Chicago Schwinn.
    The only time I've ever managed to break anything on a Chicago Schwinn was by riding one straight into a tree (a low flying military helicopter captured my attention briefly). As far as my commuters go, spokes and blinkies are the only thing I can recall breaking.

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    I've of course broken spokes plus,
    a rim (spoke nipple pulled through the rim MA3)
    a frame (after hitting a pavement edge in a construction zone Baron lowracer - the new frame had an extra gussett in the location I broke mine)
    A couple of chains before I learned how to shift
    a couple of cables
    The only thing I have broken since I switched to commuting on a fixed gear was a rim and spokes. Its nice not to have to worry about drive train issues.
    Craig

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    Just spokes.
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    In the 25+ years I have been commuting by bicycle I have broken

    - 1 crankset by falling on it after a lady body slammed me while jaywalking (jayrunning really )

    - 1 bicycle by running it into the side of a car that turned left in front of me (turned my knee into hamburger too and got to spend 4 days in the hospital for my efforts. Also got to spend 6 weeks in PT and a lifetime of a knee that no longer has any feeling)

    -1 bicycle by dropping it into a hole and taking 3" off the front

    - 1 mountain bike (broke the fork on that one before I broke the frame) because the axle broke on the rear hub. Hmm? A twofer?

    - 1 helmet because my shifters were miss adjusted and I didn't know that that was why my chain had been slipping. Honked it up a hill, chain slipped while I was standing up and I smacked the ground.

    - 1 mountain bike because it was kinda weak

    - 1 Manitou fork because I slammed it into a curb at 30 mph because I missed the turn. Broke a helmet too.

    - 1 mountain bike because it has a design/welding flaw and nearly every one of the models from that year eventually break

    - 1 RaceFace Next LP crank because I'm too heavy for it and I rode it hard.

    - 1 pedal. Don't know why. Only one I've ever broken.

    - Dozens of wheels on mountain bikes. I tend to crack them from jumping stuff on the way home. Seldom do they wear out
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