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Not the Christmas gift I wanted...

Old 12-24-12, 08:25 PM
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Not the Christmas gift I wanted...

Santa gave me a grenaded bottom bracket for Christmas. I was miles away from home, in a snow storm, and the pedals jammed and wouldn't turn. Luckily I was able to get a ride and I dropped off my bike at the LBS. The thing that lets the pedals turn is completely seized up and needs to be replaced. Fortunately the bike is still under the 1 year warranty. So for now I'm on foot until the bike is fixed.
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Old 12-24-12, 09:04 PM
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Sorry to hear it. Hopefully the LBS gets its sorted out quickly.
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Old 12-24-12, 09:09 PM
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cartridge? those should last for years 'n' years. i had an inexpensive one (chinese) that was still good after 9 years. omly reason i replaced it was because a new crank and chainring were too close to the frame. got a slightly longer cartridge and donated the old one to a co-op.
loose bearings? weather get in and rust 'em up?
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Old 12-24-12, 10:42 PM
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Did it look like this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/mountai...4011/lightbox/

I believe this phenomenon has something to do with the end of the Mayan calendar.
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Old 12-24-12, 11:45 PM
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Pretty much looked like that. Not all split apart but it had a big crack in it. Kind of unusual, I just bought the bike. June, I think.
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Old 12-24-12, 11:52 PM
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Guess I'll stick with my old loose bearing balls and cone type. I've had the spindles/cones wear out, but never so suddenly that it left me stranded.
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Old 12-25-12, 07:57 AM
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Guess I'll stick with my old loose bearing balls and cone type. I've had the spindles/cones wear out, but never so suddenly that it left me stranded.
I have both styles and have to admit I actually prefer the old loose ball and cup type, as long as they have grease they seem to keep rolling.

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Guess I'll stick with my old loose bearing balls and cone type. I've had the spindles/cones wear out, but never so suddenly that it left me stranded.
I've had the left bearing cup wear out on a bottom bracket and suddenly my crankset was hanging off of one side. I couldn't pedal because the chainwheel wouldn't line up so I had to use the bike like a giant scooter and kick my way along to work. Then, the next day it was thank goodness I had beater bike as I couldn't get to the LBS till the weekend.
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Old 12-25-12, 09:32 AM
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Guess I'll stick with my old loose bearing balls and cone type. I've had the spindles/cones wear out, but never so suddenly that it left me stranded.
You can end up pretty much in that same boat with the old style cup and cone BB. In fact, the newer style is really much the same principle... just that the bearings are well sealed. With the newer system, you can go years without having to futz with your BB.

I can't believe you wouldn't have heard the bearings in that BB months before it disintegrated.
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Old 12-25-12, 10:38 AM
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Bummer that happened but I'll second having the "Back Up Bike", even if it's a beater, it WAYYYYY better than walking!
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yeah a back up bike or 3 is good
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Fourth'd on the back-up bike idea. It's why I have two bikes.

If you're going to rely on your bicycle as your main form of transportation, it's better to have two if you have the money and the space for it. That way, if one ends up incapacitated or stolen, you have a back-up bike ready to roll.
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Dido I got two bikes at the moment, touring rig and a mountain bike.
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Why stop at two?

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Originally Posted by alexaschwanden View Post
Dido I got two bikes at the moment, touring rig and a mountain bike.
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Why stop at two?

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Wow... I think two bikes is probably enough. (Just don't ask how many I have in the garage... although not all of them are mine!)

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Old 12-26-12, 10:35 PM
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I have two bikes, only one has studded tires.
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Wow... I think two bikes is probably enough. (Just don't ask how many I have in the garage... although not all of them are mine!)

When you order chains by the six-pack, you know you have a problem.
Dunno about chains I don't wear those out very often, inner tubes are different story. I just ordered a case of 700/35 presta valve tubes as well as a box of rim tape.

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re: "still under the 1 year warranty" lovely, what brand are we going to be impressed with?
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It's a Giant Escape. It hasn't been trouble free since I got it. Second week of ownership the front brake fell off while I was riding. Literally fell off, there were parts all over the road. Then I started having problems with ghost shifting and the derailleur hanger bending. Had some problems with the rear axle working itself loose as well. I probably should have shopped in a higher price range for a daily rider.
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How does a brake fall off? I just don't see that happening unless it was put together REALLY poorly...
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Doesn't sound typical for a Giant product. I have 3 Giant bikes and they have all been rock solid, but mine are from around 1989. One was used as a daily rider for 5 years and other than tires, chains and one freewheel it is still all original.

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