aka Sir MaddyX
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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I don't know if I wanna say...
Ok I'll tell you what happened....
I was cruising down a fairly major street here in the city with a decent tail wind and everything. My rear derailer was pretty dirty and still not lined up properly to the new cassette (a victim of my own procrastination).
Anyway, I was approaching my left turn and crossing the three lanes of traffic to make my turn. Things weren't feeling right with the shifting but I had no choice but to skip through the cars quickly. I got to the left land and my entire rear wheel locked up tight. I hopped up onto the side of the road and looked back at the nightmarish sight. My derailer was grotesquely wrapped upside down and the chain was all over the place. I reached down to loosen the derailed and it just split in two. It was like reaching down to check someone's wrist for a pulse and finding that it's not attacked to a body. Upon closer examination, I saw that the portion of the aluminum frame that the derailed bolts onto was bent upwards as well. Thankfully my brand new cassette was unharmed.
I decided to retire the bike for the winter and fix it all after I build this winter bike. This beater has cost me less so far than the full cost of a new Shimano Deore LX 9 speed derailer anyway.
I was wondering though, Should I heat up the portion of the frame that bent before I bend it back or just push it back slowly with a vice? If bad becomes worse, my roomate knows a good welder but god I hope it doesn't come to that.