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Old 04-13-06, 08:11 AM   #1
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I am cursed or I should be a product tester

I've put a fair amount of miles on my bike since hip surgery.
I've replaced the chain, rear cassette and went to replace a spoke (LBS did actually) and 3 more broke. It was the stock rim from a pre-suspension 7300. I am unsure what year it is. That was already the 2nd wheel. Very helpful Tim at the cyclery has ordered me what Trek claims is a very strong rim for $149. More than I like to spend as I still have medical bills etc but hopefully it will last me. I have also gone through 2 pedals. Oh also a front derailer cable. I am starting to feel cursed. My friend who rides with me (but moving to IN this weekend ((() pointed out that it is always "exciting" to ride with me as I either fall or break something. He leaves soon so really wanted to ride so he tells me to use his Schwinn Moab MTB. This is a big adjutment as I am used to being upright. It has fatter tires but a higher center of gravity but I was really starting to like climbing easier and not having the back tire slide out like on my 700 cc tires. I wqas not shifting efficently as the gearing is totally different but I could get used to it. I think it's easier to climb on a MTB but more work overall compared to my hybrid due to smaller wheels and higher rolling resistance.

Anyway back to my point, sorry, rolling along and then the crank locks up. I hadn't been shifing under load or shifting at all but I figured it shifted and was stuck, backpedal and I'll be ok right. I'm at 3 and 9 and I cant manage tio clip out, try to back pedal....totally locked, fall over slight decline so after finally unclipping try to get the chain back into the proper allignment....except there is nothing wrong with the chain!!!!??? The bottom bracket is totally locked up...dead! My friend eventually doubles back on the one way to see me hoofing it. He rides home and gets his truck etc etc..."never seen that happen" and he's ridden so much in his life that's crazy. He says I din't have to pay for it but it's his kids bike (inhereted from him) and they are moving, I insist that I will make it a going away present to my honarary nephew. Directly to trusted LBS who "has never heard of it happening while riding" 25$ part $35 labor and can fit it in on monday (been slammed with the good weather and all). I have to be the slowest, non racing, non single track guy that should be getting paid as a component tester!

Please PM me with job details (ha).
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