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Old 09-10-09, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by BM1 View Post
The pedal and the part that attach into the crank are together. If you look at the crank there is nothing in there, and that part appears to be stripped.

Also let me clarify the LBS swapped out the pedals as the told me the stock ones could not take toe clips. I am assuming they were not installed correctly.
That's beyond the range of things you expect to stabilize over an initial shakedown. It's like they used an air-wrench to cross thread the pedal or something.
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Old 09-10-09, 02:27 PM
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In 3 years of bike commuting, the only mechanical problem I've had was a flat tire -- twice in one day. I keep my bikes well maintained, however. I pump up the tires before every ride, oil the chain about once a week, and inspect the whole bike regularly. I get my mechanic to replace the cables about every 5,000 miles, and replace the chain about that often as well. My tires usually last about 1,500-2,000 miles in the rear, and I rarely ever wear out front tires.

As others said, the LBS probably installed your new pedals incorrectly, and they should fix or replace the parts for no charge.
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Old 09-10-09, 02:57 PM
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my commute bike is a 30 year old steelie. it breaks down, but most of it i can fix. i have had the rear derailleur strip out of the hanger not five feet out of the driveway, wheels go out of true, the rear break cable has broke, front derailleur has seized up, chain has gotten twisted, lose bottom bracket, warped chainring, lose headset, ect. its was a free, i put on some modern compoents like sora sti shifters, new 700c wheels and brake pads, i overhalled the headset and bottom bracket, used a different crankset i had laying around.

typical i see something is not working perfectly and i just leave it, rarely do i have the time when i want to work on the bike. its more like i need to fix this or i can't make it to work tomorrow. this road bike isn't as reliable to ride as my old 90s steel mtb, but its alot faster, more efficient, and just a better day to day experience even with all the problems.

my back up bike is a alum road bike, its a little bit fast and what i use for weekend rides, 20-40mile fun rides. i hate riding this bike to work. even thought i see carbon fiber 2-3k bikes locked up with just 1 ulock or 1 cable lock sometimes i am not willing to take that risk even with 2ulocks.
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Old 09-10-09, 03:17 PM
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Question: "How reliable are your commuters"

Answer: Very reliable, the backup bike that I just got (for free) needs different tires and some other junk, but I rode it home in it's current condition and it rode fine, great in fact.
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Old 09-10-09, 03:18 PM
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There's no way you can install the pedals on the wrong side, but they may have been cross threaded or overtightened.
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Old 09-10-09, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by truman View Post
I gotta say that's a pretty minor thing to get discouraged over. Mechanicals happen. The more you learn about wrenching on your own ride, the less you'll feel yourself to be at the mercy of others.
Roger that
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Old 09-11-09, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
There's no way you can install the pedals on the wrong side, but they may have been cross threaded or overtightened.
My first folding bike came out of the box direct from the factory with the pedals already installed. And they were installed on the wrong side, the R pedal on the left side, the L pedal on the right. I rode the bike about 2000 miles before this problem came to light! The problem eventually presented itself with the pedals getting loose in their holes, and when I went to tighten them, they unscrewed. The threads were pretty much gone, and the crank arms needed to be replaced. I was not amused.

I'm not worried about what happened to OP's bike. Someone screwed up, probably the LBS, and they should fix it for you. If they don't, well, that would suck; but still it's not a big deal.

To answer the original question: How reliable are my commuters? Very! I have a #1 bike on which I do about 90% of my commuting, and a #2 just in case. I do maintenance work on the #1 bike as necessary, only riding #2 when #1 develops unexpected problems overnight, or develops problems serious enough to disable it for a while. Such problems don't usually occur suddenly, but they do occur. So far this year #1 has been seriously disabled three times: rear rim wore out, so the bike sat until a replacement rim came in the mail; frame broke, so the bike ast until a new frame came in the mail; and finally it spent over a month at the LBS while the hub was being overhauled (well, not exactly). So it turns out #2 got enough use that I was seriously considering buying a #3.

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Old 09-11-09, 08:39 AM
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I would say the shop screwed up when they installed the pedals, therefore their responsible for repairing it.

My 84 Trek 660 commuter/former racing bike/training bike/fitness bike/credit card touring bike, is extremily dependable and still is after 150,000 miles. The only part I ever had failed on a ride (fortunately it failed about a mile from the house), was the front derailleur band broke for which I had a new Superbe in a box stored for such an event. Of course I've had the usual flats on the road, and of course chains and gears wearing out but those are replaced as needed, and the occasional crash that led to bent wheels or a broken spoke (which never caused a problem either with 36 spokes, I just wrapped the dead spoke around another and rode home).
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Old 09-11-09, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
To answer the original question: How reliable are my commuters? Very! I have a #1 bike on which I do about 90% of my commuting, and a #2 just in case. I do maintenance work on the #1 bike as necessary, only riding #2 when #1 develops unexpected problems overnight, or develops problems serious enough to disable it for a while. Such problems don't usually occur suddenly, but they do occur. So far this year #1 has been seriously disabled three times: rear rim wore out, so the bike sat until a replacement rim came in the mail; frame broke, so the bike ast until a new frame came in the mail; and finally it spent over a month at the LBS while the hub was being overhauled (well, not exactly). So it turns out #2 got enough use that I was seriously considering buying a #3.
For me, that kind of maintenance on a single bike would certainly constitute an unusually problematic year.

To answer the OP, I also maintain multiple bikes ready for commuting duty. My cross bike is my primary commuter followed by a road bike with fenders that I ride in the rain. I will also commute on my nice road bike in a pinch but I hate to leave it locked up outside all day. I also have two mountain bikes ready for duty at any time. It gets incredibly expensive to maintian 5 bikes but any given bike breaks down only rarely.

For me, I am more likely to have to grab an alternate bike due to a surprise flat than for any other reason.

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Old 09-11-09, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Sawtooth View Post
For me, that kind of maintenance on a single bike would certainly constitute an unusually problematic year.
Oh, I agree completely. It's been a bad year, with three major issues, all of which are now resolved. I don't abuse this bike, but I ride it on a daily basis and, after a while, you have to expect things to go wrong. There have been neither chronic problems nor catastrophic failures and, all in all, I still consider the bike to be very reliable.
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I've had my Aurora for about a year and a two months. Never had any problems. Well.. unless you count my bar end cap falling out.. that happened the first weekend..
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Old 09-11-09, 11:11 AM
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I've got a 2004 Diamondback Wildwood that I've put roughly 1,500 miles on commuting to work and 30 mile rides over the weekends. Just a couple of flat tires and chain lubrication every now and then. No other issues.
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Old 09-11-09, 12:54 PM
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I ride my strida daily 6km each way to and from work very little maintenance besides wiping it clean every week and make sure my bolts and belt are in the correct tension. And every two weeks I'l pump my tires back up to the max psi. no flats yet cause I try to keep an eye out for glass and debris (knock on wood).
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Old 09-14-09, 07:01 AM
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I've ridden my Univega over 2500 miles since last November, and have yet to have it break down. The headset has come a bit loose once or twice (you know, knocking when you brake, etc), the chain has been replaced, and I swapped out the 20 year old tires (that I put 1,000 miles on), but it's never left me stranded, it's never gotten a flat (knock on wood), and it's never been so injured that I couldn't load it with 20 lbs of paperwork and clothes, shift through all of the gears, or stop reliably.
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Old 09-14-09, 11:52 AM
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My 20 year old Centurion is running great. I put all new parts on it last Summer and don't have many issues with it. The only issue I keep having is the adjustments for the gear shifts slip after a while and I won't be able to shift while riding.
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