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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

One piece at a time

(Apologies to Johnny Cash)

I'm planning on getting a new bike, but want to wait until we get our car paid off in a few months. After the bent rim from Rider on the Storms, I needed to get a new wheelset to tide me over until I get the new bike. I stopped by at one of the local bike shops, and after a good deal of haggling, ended up with a barely-used set of Spinergy XaeroLite wheels for about 1/3rd of the price of a new set. Took them out for one very good 25 mile ride, and the following weekend, was planning on doing about a 75 mile ride. About 20 miles in, I heard a snap/crunch sound, and felt my bike shift under me. My initial thought was that I'd broken another spoke. See below for a picture of what had happened.

See those rails on the bottom? Those should be solid pieces. Isn't metal fatigue great?

So, back to the bike shop, where I ended up with a Selle Italia Flite saddle. Both the saddle and wheelset are fantastic, and will probably be going on the new bike.


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