Right now I'm just frustrated!
There's just no way I should be out of this much money if in fact everything was on the up and up. By that, I mean that whatever I was told was wrong, was then fixed. I put my 8 speed cassette back on my bike and thought everything was fine...boy was I wrong!
Today was a day for me to finally see what I had. A guy on a 3500 dollar all carbon triathlon bike was around 10 seconds behind me as I made the turn (bike trail end) to head back. He was going pretty fast, so I knew I had my work cut out. Going back (east bound) was directly against the wind. I didn't care, I lowered my head and took off! The guy got beside me 3.5m later and said "thank you" as he was passing me. I got next to him and said "no, thank you!" I tried to shift in another gear to take off, and all that was heard was clicking, skipping. At that point after knowing I had spent so much money, I wanted to take the bike and throw it in the river (Canadian River). I was so disappointed that I had missed the chance to see what kind of engine I had against someone I know to be an excellent rider.
The worse part of this is...someone looked at my bike and said he thinks it is just the HUB...are you kidding me right now? He said I should change the back wheel and he'll bet that I wouldn't get any skipping. Oh boy...I better learn about this stuff very soon or else!