My new Specialized Crosstrail Hybrid is in the shop having the rear wheel rebuilt/replaced.
It is being done under warrantee, because of constant spoke breakage.
They were just going to respoke it with better spokes, but disassembly discovered a bad rim. (stress cracks at some spoke holes) They decided to go with an eyeletted rim, and heavier and higher quality(2.0 vs. 1.8) spokes. Hence the multiple day delay, in ordering the new rim. My LBS is replacing the rim and spokes with better quality, to help resolve the problem once and for all. Good for them, as I certainly appreciate their decision! And, good for me, as this spoke breaking problem should be a thing of the past..
Soooooooo, after dropping my bike off after my ride yesterday, I pulled my son's old 12 spd, steel, Nishiki off the hook, and aired up the tires, and oiled all the joints. Then slapped my replaced BG seat on the tube, to replace a gel seat he has on it. That's all it really needed, as I still pull PM on it every spring, when I do the others. Oops, I almost forgot - I slapped a kickstand on it, toooooooo!
Then - the ride!
I took it out on my regular 42 mile loop today, and it's not nearly as nice as my "Hybrid!" More work, doesn't ride or handle as nicely, and not nearly as comfortable. On the MUP, it's not as fast, either. And, it is big enuf for me, as he is an inch taller than me.
I sure will be happy to get back on my "Hybrid" near the end of the week. The next couple of days are gonna be "fitness helpers!" But, it's better than not ridin!
Now, I'm sure I made the right decision in selling my old steel road bike!
While my Marin Stinson (semi-hybrid, leaning more toward mountain) is still an adequate grocery getter (also used today,) it sure ain't nice to try and go fast on!
I also really, really, really miss my Brooks B-17, even though the damed thing is so damned HARD! (It still gets better every day - but it's lookin like it will take a thousand miles to finish breaking in.) It's really HARD to believe that I love that damned HARD thing that much.
But, I sure am glad my son opted to keep his old bike hanging on a hook in my garage. I just wish it was a hybrid.......
So goes another day in a retiree's life......