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<sigh>

A day after getting a new rear wheel fitted and I was riding home to feel it wobbling and rubbing against the frame. "Oh, no, not again," says I. And no, it wasn't another buckled wheel. Instead the frame attaching one axle to the bike had sheared off. Time for a new bike. Any reccomendations on the cheap hybrid side (it was an old steel-framed Shogun Metro AT and I really did like it, although it is no longer available - and in fact there seems to be a great absence of Shogun bikes locally) save for the fact it really needed a heavy duty rear wheel for my frame).

Date: 2012-09-09 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadow-5tails.livejournal.com
Damn. I guess at least you've got a nice new wheel to start from?

I don't know what your definition of cheap is, but I'm very fond of the Giant hybrids that we got far too many years ago (gods and spirits, they're almost a decade old! Which means I'm probably not in a good position to be making recommendations...), and which, alas, I don't get to ride nearly as often as I'd like these days...

Date: 2012-09-10 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reverancepavane.livejournal.com
Yes, I was looking at the latest incarnation of the Giant series. All I have to do now is overcome the "I don't like walking because it will hurt" response to go visit the local suppliers (who I'm actually inclined to trust anyway because they do good service). It's either that or hiking down to my preferred bike shop (where I bought my last bike), for not that much more of a saving and a pretty identical bike, just a label.

Although the Giant Via range of commuter bikes looks interesting as well. Another possibility.

Then again, given that I wear out steel frames because of the use I put my bike to (this is the second that has succumbed to metal fatigue – the first the mechanic noticed that the front forks were almost shorn all the way through, so that was caught before it became painful) that I'm not that happy with the possible lifetime of an aluminium frame (the elastic modulus of aluminium being a lot less than steel). But beggars can't be choosers.

Or maybe I should keep my endrocrinologist and bike mechanic happy and lose weight. Unfortunately I'm too inclined to be sedentary these days.

[The problem is it's not the best time to get a bike, as opposed to just a month ago when they were all clearing last year's models on sale. And September and March are always cash flow crunch times for me, but doing without a bike just won't work – I need the exercise to relieve the pain in my joints. And not to mention my brain chemistry is currently skewed. <sigh>]

Date: 2012-09-12 08:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reverancepavane.livejournal.com
And I should have a new Giant bike by Friday (or Monday at the latest).

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