so on my lager, my FW went to crap the other day, so i swapped to the fixed side and have been riding it. a couple days ago my lockring started slipping, and as i dont have a lockring tool (i didnt buy one as i was not planning on riding fixed), i took it to performance, which is where it was purchased, albeit in a different state by a different person. it took the tech an hour to figure out that i needed a new fw, and then he didnt even check the lockring, even though i asked him to. dude ended up spending another 10 minutes tightening the lockring and said, "cant get this thing any tighter bro" so i figured ok we're good. when i finally got done and left, everything was cool. i was riding, doing the "backpedal-without-skidding-to-slow-down" thing (wtf is that called?), skidded once or twice just to make sure everything was kosher, and it all seemed to be. on my way home from work tonight a cab darted in front of me, i skidded and hit the front brake at the same time and when i skidded the cog/lockring came undone and i went shoulder/hip first into the taxi, the back rim smacked the back tire of the taxi and is now bent, and i went helmet first into the ground. im fine, other than the mechanical failure and the rim, the bike is fine. however, i am super pissed because, IMO, the tech at the walmart of bike shops could have killed me through his incompetence. monday is payday. time to go get this thing checked out at the local lbs, or maybe just see if i can sell it and get a better bike. i dig the lager, but im having a lot of issues for a bike with barely 1000 miles on it.
sorry for ranting but im upset, my wife doesnt get why, other than the fact that i was in an accident, and all of my friends are sleeping. i just needed to vent i guess.