Saturday, February 09, 2008

I've always had wheel problems, but this is over the top


This one's for you Tenacious T. I've broken too many spokes to count in the past. I've even broken the flange of a rear hub. But this takes the cake. 20 minutes into our Saturday ride, I was riding up a gradual slope, and tore 2 adjacent driveside spoke nipples and eyelets through the rim. Holy Crap! These are 32 hole Mavic SUP's, which are pretty bomb proof. They are my oldest wheels, and they have seen a lot of winter miles, so I'm sure corrosion had something to do with it.

Thankfully, I was able to limp home and grab a spare wheel to continue the ride. In the end, Jordan and I were able to get our long rides in Friday night and Saturday morning before the cold snap got here. Almost no chance of riding Sunday based on the forecast. Good luck to the Vasaloppet skiiers. Stay warm.

6 comments:

Jeffro said...

I had the same thing happen to a set of my Bontrager rims. Although at the time I was pushing 220 lbs.

tone said...

Ah, that's nothin'. Back as my first year as a 2 I broke a rear shimano ultegra hub body in half during a training sprint. Quality replaced it for free and they said they have never seen anything like that before.

I've also seen a crank arm break in half on a training ride too.

Good thing none of the mishaps resulted in any injuries.

parental guidance said...

tearing up the equipment and it's only February! yikes!!

forecast? a little cold never stopped you in the in the past. getting older I guess.

Doc said...

Up north, where men are men, we ride in blizzards. On yesterday's snowmobile trail ride, temps dropped 15 degrees and wind whipped up from 0 to 30mph during our 3 hour ride. So what?

I must confess that I'll probably be on the trainer this afternoon. One can't always live up to the myth...

Lunatic Biker said...

I think Doc needs a psychologist.

Tenacious T said...

Your ability to break wheels is epic. EPIC!