Not long ago I replaced the front wheel on the Sequoia, a bike with 29,000+ miles on it. The brake wouldn’t work no matter what I did to it. The brake wouldn’t work because the rim had begun to cup. This sort of thing happens after over 18 years of use.
So I put the Sequoia away for a while and came back to a couple of months later, only to discover that the back wheel wouldn’t turn freely and the back brake wouldn’t work properly. The mechanic at Spokes, my local bike shop, adjusted the rear hub in a couple of minutes and warned me that it may need a rebuild (which means new ball bearings and grease). Meanwhile I ordered a new rim from Mavic to match the front rim.
Then I rode my Tour Easy, another bike with 29,000+ miles on it, in the basement. The left pedal was making all kinds of noise. It was starting to disintegrate just as it had done a few months before. I took it in to Spokes to replace the left crank arm and the pedals.
While the Tour Easy was in the shop, I crashed the Sequoia and bent the front fork. Spokes bent the fork back and I was good to go. I rode the bike during the Halvvasa ride and had no problems. Today, I rode the bike and the right pedal was wobbling. When I got home I discovered that both pedals were coming apart. And the rear wheel was, once again, not spinning freely.
So I check out the Tour Easy and the mesh seat back seems to be tearing apart. I also need a new seat pad so I am considering getting an entirely new seat. $365.
Are these two bikes trying to tell me something? Wouldn’t a nice shiny new bike fit nicely under the Easter tree or bush or,….,whatever?
Or maybe that tadpole trike I’ve been thinking about.
I’ll be broke no matter what I do.