i went to the bike store yesterday for some small stuff to buy and thought i would also take my bike along with me so the dude there can just check if everything is okay. so he is checking it out and then he says something like my bike is being used for rougher riding than it is made for and it is showing on the bike. now i could not ask him to elaborate because they speak in thai and i can barely understand it, but that much that he said has been bugging me.
i really dont do much rough riding, i mean i dont do downhills or anything. i just ride this trail nearby, which i guess is rougher than a normal cross country trail? who knows, i am just assuming that because of what he said? i have never even seen a 'proper' biking trail, i wouldnt even assume things like that exist except from what a lot of western bikers say in their posts? i just needed a dirt path to ride my bike, i found this really short but one that challenges me near my house and i dig it and ride it because of all the mud and erosion and steep but short up and down hills and rocks and roots and what not. i also am not able to do a few sections yet, especially one uphill one, and this one downhill one is steep and takes a sharp turn and scares me but i am getting better. i hope. but until yesterday i thought that was a normal cross country trail. in fact i was thinking i need to get my ass out there and find a more technical trail to learn on, or atleast see what people out there are riding, though i have no idea where to find a place like that.
so having to hear what the fellow said yesterday really threw me off. i dont get it. i have a trek 6500. what the heck kind of riding is that bike supposed to be for? i mean i just bought the bike. i ride it everyday and sure i like to do some stuff around the house too like try jump up on a 6-8" curb or sometimes i place a stack of stones/bricks and try jump over them, just some ****ty normal stuff that i am thinking people on this site would probably not consider rough at all.
i dont get it man. i mean i want to ride my bike the way i want to ride it. does anybody know the trek 6500? what kind of riding is it meant for? i spent a lot of money on this bike. they had one better bike than this, the giant xt or something like that series and it was about a hundred us dollars more than this one but i picked this even though i knew that giant was probably a better one because i could not afford anything more than 600 dollars (we dont get specialised or anything here). do you think i should go and return this bike (they will cut some money before exchanging of course) and exchange it with the giant? is that more suitable for what i am doing? is it a stronger frame? i dont get it. i dont want to spend more money. i would rather save up and change my fork and hubs and get disc brakes.
what should i do? i mean if the bike is showing signs of fatigue already then does that mean this bike is no good? i dont even know what he means by fatigue anyway. he just said that "oh you like to do rough riding eh? the bike is showing signs of it. wear and tear." or something to that effect. damn. i thought the 6500 was a decent bike. they have a few nice forks, a rock shock u turn and a rock shock SID and i want to save up for one of those by this december hopefully and buy that with some disc brakes. but if this bike/frame that i have itself is not so strong then i dont want to add more money into it. i want a good bike that can stand stuff man. something that is not going to make me have to spend on another bike in atleast another 4-5 years. or unless i have a major crash and the frame bends bad. when i asked the fellow though that hey, is the frame good/strong? he said yes. but when i asked him then what do you mean it is showing signs of rough use and wear and tear, i could not understand what he said to that. something like the bike is not made for the kind of stuff you are probably going on and well, i cannot help thinking "then what the hell is this bike made for".
anyway so i thought maybe you guys would know. we dont get too much of a variety out here where i am. i think i have a good bike, except for that fellow saying that to me. and i am not so worried about components, though it would be nice to have good stuff on the bike, but i am just worried about the frame. and anyway, i have already bought the bike. it is mine and i like it and dont want to exchange it, especially for something mariginally better. yknow? i mean i like this bike dammit. it is mine and we go out riding often, the bike and i. i like it. but if it is not so strong or some dumbass **** like that then... zzz i dont know. maybe i am just being paranoid and overreacting. i hope so.