Broken Bike, I Don’t Like! September 7, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Mountain Biking, trails.
Tags: derailleur, FSR, mountain bike, Prescott, road bike, trails
Friday afternoon the LBS called to say my bike was ready. They had to replace all the bearings at all the pivots in the rear of the bike. It is an FSR xcPRO with the horst link suspension, so it cost $150 in parts alone!
Saturday morning Kent and I took some local Boy Scouts and two adults out to do a few hours of trail maintanance. This is a win-win, the scouts get service hours toward their next rank and the trails get some much needed upkeep.
After four hours of trail work, the Scouts headed back into Prescott. Thanks Troop 1 Boy Scouts!
Kent and I had a sack lunch, then changed clothes and took our bikes off the rack…….it had been over two weeks since I had been on mine! We usually ride in either the morning or the late afternoon, but this time the sun was straight over head, and HOT! We put in 22 miles on a combination of dirt road, forest road, single track and double track. During a long sustained climb, I noticed that my chain was jumping back and forth between gears on the cassette. This really made it hard to keep a rhythm going, and I got pretty frustrated with it, especially since I just got my bike back!!
Sunday morning our Adventure Racing team mate, Jonea was going to ride road bikes with Kent and Bob, so I decided to tag along. I am not much of a fan of road riding though.
We only did about 26 miles, but it involved some pretty good climbing, and after Saturdays mountain bike ride, I was a little sore. On the way back in on our ride we went past my LBS and I noticed it was open, so I hurried home and got my FSR and took it over to them.
After an explanation of the trouble I had been having with it, they messed with it and came to the conclusion that the pivots on my derailleur are almost worn out, meaning that it wobbles back and forth making it hard to keep it on any one cog. I have no idea if this it right or not, because working on bikes is something that I know almost nothing about. Anyway, I told them to adjust it as best they could and I would try it again as soon as I was able to get away for another ride. After spending as much with them as I did on Friday, I am not real keen on ponying up the cash for a new derailleur.
I am so tired of having bike woes! And right now my legs are tire from all the riding the last two days.