Thursday, March 16, 2006

Mechanical failure

So I've encountered the first mechanical failure on my new bike. As you may recall I bought the Marin Last year. I was rolling the bike out this morning to strap it to the back of the car for an afterwork ride. Well as I was rolling out I noticed that the rim was rubbing on the brake .... I also then heard what sounded like a clanky spoke. Took me a while to find it, but it turned out that one of my spokes broke off at the nipple. My guess is that its a combination of the wheels being machine built, me being a relatively big guy and the spokes being a bit cheap. I only had 600 miles on the wheel so I was a little annoyed at the failure.

The upside is that I got some great service on the bike at Capitol Hill bikes. I rolled in there on my lunch break, they had the wheel repaired and in my hand and out the door in about 20 mins. Trued the rim and tossed in some new rim tape for me. The rubber band they threw around the rim at the factor was garbage.

Anyway, all in all it was a good experience. I was pleased with the work they did and the speed they did it with. The downside is that I think that I am going to start encountering alot of minor things that start croaking because Marin was hoping to save a couple bucks at the factory. Because I got such a MONEY deal on the ride, I guess I can't complain too much. The guy at the bike shop tried to sell me on a new wheelset. I'm going to give it serious consideration. I am real happy with the frame, am a little iffy on the gearing...might think of upgrading that to something a little nicer....its a bit chunky and I wouldn't mind something a bit smoother...oh well. we'll just have to see what shakes out...would be nice to have some nicer wheels under me though...anyway, I'll see what shakes out....oh if I only had tons of money to feed my gear addiction.

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