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From the Gaurdian

Posted: 2 Nov 2007, 9:17am
by MattStoke
Sorry if anybody has already seen this

www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,2202699,00.html



So what would your bikes choose?

Posted: 2 Nov 2007, 9:42am
by glueman
A chain eh? Expensive business.
Changing a chain usually means the whole block (can't get individual sprockets and the middle ones wear first), finding your cassette number has been superceded, getting your rear end cold set (only if it's the right sort of steel), the chain rings are worn.
Swapping a chain has lead to many a new bike :wink: .

Posted: 2 Nov 2007, 10:19am
by Mick F
Sigh .............

Posted: 2 Nov 2007, 12:20pm
by 2Tubs
glueman wrote:A chain eh? Expensive business.
Changing a chain usually means the whole block (can't get individual sprockets and the middle ones wear first), finding your cassette number has been superceded, getting your rear end cold set (only if it's the right sort of steel), the chain rings are worn.
Swapping a chain has lead to many a new bike :wink: .


On the whole, a rear cassette isn't that expensive (unless you want high performance, the sort only the top atheletes can really justify the expense of).

And I have cheated in the past, changing a chain without chaining the rear cassette. No problems bedding in.

Gazza

Posted: 2 Nov 2007, 1:44pm
by glueman
2Tubs wrote:And I have cheated in the past, changing a chain without chaining the rear cassette. No problems bedding in.
Gazza
Me too, but you shouldn't leave them very long or they skip. I can confirm from impoverished student days that if you persevere long enough (months?) they do bed in and stop skipping but I wouldn't recommend it.

Posted: 3 Nov 2007, 8:52am
by gaz
I remember some years ago one of my bikes making such a decision.

It is the only time that I can recall any of my bikes showing a display of emotion.

I has started club riding on an ATB. This had been lovingly upgraded as sparse pocket money funds allowed.

Once I started work, two tourers appeared and received all the attention and pound notes.

So when the ATB was taken out for an airing on the DA's roughstuff event it proceeded to throw it's rear derailleur (XT) into the back wheel, somehow took out the front one as well (XT) and left me finishing the event on a 54 inch single free.

Result, I needed to replace most of the transmission at considerable cost and learnt that bikes can show at least one emotion, jealousy.

Posted: 3 Nov 2007, 8:25pm
by Mrs Tortoise
Would you buy a new one at a chain store? :wink: