Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I "spoke" too soon...

...ha! get it? no?? well nevermind, then ;)

So my trusty Specialized Tri-Cross Singlecross that I have been using as my commuter/daily-driver has developed a bit of a problem... a few, actually. First of all, I started hearing a knocking coming from somewhere!! I checked the fenders, the racks, the basket, anything that could have been loose... to no avail. I even brought it to the LBS -- one of the mechanics took it for a ride and could not quite pin-point what it was. He ultimately suggested that I start by repacking any part of the bike with bearings (BB, headset, hubs, etc...) till I found it; well, I did, and thankfully it was the first thing I pulled apart... the front wheel-hub. A rusted or ruined bearing of some sort; well, I can't afford a new wheel or new decent hub, so I just repacked it (but I will be replacing the bearings in the not-too-distant-future).

So nearly as soon as that problem was diagnosed...

...the other day, as I started home from work, I heard a sound I have not heard since before I got this bike, a sound not heard since the days of riding the old Fuji every day...

...the crack and bang of a spoke breaking.

Now, I know that I have probably (does a few quick calculations) put around 2000 miles on this bike since I bought it in November of last year ('09, for the record) but I wasn't expecting to start hearing spokes break... well, I went and got a new spoke and replaced the broken one... and not a day later another one breaks!!
I got the Tricross because it is technically a Cyclo-cross bike and I wanted something that could stand up to both the harsh New England Winters and the terrible pot-holes and ruts of the Metro-Boston streets.

Here are a few pics from last Winter:



Considering I am 6'1" and hover around "Clydesdale" weight (200lbs) I guess it's stood up pretty well for having been ridden nearly every day for the past 8 months... not to mention the fact that a good 90% of the time I am riding it I am hauling around 20+lbs in the basket... As a matter of fact, during my semester at school , I was carrying sketchbooks, clothes, shoes, paints, and other various art supplies on a daily basis...

...perhaps a bit much for the poor thing, eh? 

I guess that a little maintenance was inevitable... hopefully it won't be every week like my old Univega got to be!

2 comments:

  1. it sounds like the spokes may have been overtensioned... had the wheel been re-trued since the bike was purchased? usually after one or two truings, the wheel spokes should be completely de-tensioned and re-trued from scratch.

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  2. No, the wheel was pretty much "as is" from the day it was bought with the rest of the bike. The only time it went out of true even a little was when the first spoke broke; but after those 2 rapid succession breaks, it has been fine for @100+ miles so I dunno if it just might be a case of general fatigue on the part of the wheel.

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