My old bike that I'd used for 'the thick end' of 15 years, without any real hassles, was well and truly knackered.
A trusty Raleigh Dakota. The gear train was completely shot and both the wheels weren't round any more.
Nothing flash, something sturdy that could handle roads and not-roads for the daily commute to work.
A round trip of nearly nine miles a day, a bit more if I wanted to struggle over Harrow Hill.
The local 'Cycle King' were having a sale. Now, this bike shop used to be run by real bike enthusiasts. Every time I had visited I came away with the feeling that they knew what they were talking about.
This was before Cycle King took over.
Any road up, I took the plunge and bought a 23" 'Professional Reaction' "hybrid" (doesn't look like one to me) for the ridiculously low sum of £109.
That should have been my first clue.
When it's working it's great, I like it. However...
This week the rear axle snapped as I was riding home. Good job I wasn't hurtling down Harrow Hill!
In the nearly two and a half years I have owned the bike, apart from the usual wear and tear and the almost monthly broken spoke or two, it is now on its...
- second pair of brake adjusters - thread stripped inside two months. Now fitted with a stainless steel set,
- third set of peddles - bearings became loose in their housings,
- second set of headstock bearings - bearing shells completely disintegrated,
- second bottom bracket bearings - bearing shells split,
- third rear wheel - first wheel: bearing cups disintegrated, second: shaft snapped and damaged bearing cups,
- third cassette - clutch failures,
- second ring gear - slippage between crank and ring gear,
- second chain - changed when the ring gear failed.
Maybe I should have bought a more expensive bike....