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Bike/Parts check-ups

Posted By: KP
Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2008, at 2:43 p.m.

Reminder to periodically check equipment & parts on your bike.

I got a front flat today. After repairing, as I put the wheel back into the drops, I noticed the wheel rocking left to right and hitting the brake pads. I thought "that's why the steerer tube or front wheel have felt 'funny'. I immediately assumed the hub and bearings had gone bad. However, with further inspection I saw that the left carbonfiber fork was completely sheared from the aluminum dropout. I had never seen this before. I rocked the fork on the wheel and saw about an 1-2mm gapping between fork and dropout. I took the wheel back off to look more closely. Imagine a tooth planted into your jaw. That is what the aluminum drop does into the fork. My "tooth" was completely loose and the root was just sitting in the fork hole. Needless to say, this was a major hazard. My fast ride down from Dudleys on Saturday was now giving me the willies. I won't name the fork but it was not my Planet-X. Forks wear out. Just like pedals, clamps, screws, chains and cassettes. Just not as fast. Keep looking and stay safe!

coach KP

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