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Old 10-05-06, 05:49 PM   #1
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Dangerous rental bike!

Rented a specific bike so I could take an extended test ride, and the bike shop that rented it to me should be ashamed of themselves.
The chain skips in a couple of gears, but a bit of barrel adjusting seems to have fixed that.
The danger though is that the cranks lock up due to the chain binding on the rear derailler randomly when I shift to the highest rear while on the middle chainring. Fortunately the times it did this I did not go over the bars or otherwise have an accident, but I was just lucky.

I really can't believe a bike shop would rent out a bike in as poor a shape as this one is in...there's just no excuse.

I'll surely be cluing them in tomorrow when I take it back, but it's probably wasted breath.
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Old 10-06-06, 08:03 AM   #2
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You should see the bicycles offered to tourists at hotels in Cuba.
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Old 10-07-06, 05:55 PM   #3
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yeah when we visited Bend, OR to visit my wife's sister and for some supposed "world famous" mountain biking, we saw an ad for a store that rented Kona hardtails and full suspensions, the ad insinuated they had many Kona model's for rent. when we got there, they had a full line of Konas for sale, but the only one for rent was a Lan'ai (kona's lowest model) we checked it out, and one of the rear brake pads was firmly locked against the rim, and the derailler was way out of adjustment, the fork's boots were torn (and it was old enough to have boots) the brake levers had a stiff and rough action. it just wasn't adjusted well and wasn't in good condition. so we asked the owner about the incrementing prices for the other models, (ad said $30 for hardtail, $45 for full suspension) and he said it must be an old ad as the only bike the rent is the Lan'ai.... good thing i begged my wife to bring our perfect working Trek 3700 and Trek 4500 anyway (we were gonna rent a Kona so her sister could ride with us too). so we told the bike store guy to stuff it and told the sister we'd meet her for dinner
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Old 10-07-06, 06:18 PM   #4
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When we rode down Haleakala in Maui we rode Worksman bikes. Big hydraulic drum brake steel tanks they were. but smooth, stable, and solid. heavy as heck so not good for anything but a downhill cruise, if they made lighter Worksmans i'd definitely rent one.
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