ajft.org 2009-10-28


A bend where no bend should be

A couple of months ago — January 22, wow I hadn't realised it was that long ago — I was knocked off the road bike on the ride home by a guy on a MTB who suddenly braked and turned right without looking back or indicating. Big solid guy on a MTB, he took the front wheel clean out from under me. “Sorry mate, I was only listening for cars,” he said as he looked at the damage before riding off on his way. More damage to me than to the bike I thought at the time.

What with the fun and games I've been having with rear wheels its taken me quite some time to spot the real damage. It started when I found the split in the old one a year ago, then the replacement "new wheel" that collapsed as I went around the u-turn on the Dandenong road overpass, then a couple of months of a temporary replacement by the 8-speed wheels Marko had found and lent me, then the bike sitting in the shed for a couple of months with its "new new wheel" attached, but no tyre or tube while I rode Norky bike instead.

While the temporary wheel was on I thought the bike was handling funny and didn't ride quite straight, but thought it was due to having an 8-speed wheel in a 7-speed frame, my reading on whether this was possible just seemed to get me more and more confused.

Last weekend I finally put tyre and tube on the new wheel #2 and the old kiddie seat that I'd been given at work, then yesterday tried it out taking Cam to playgroup — with mixed results.

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The seat seems to fit mostly OK, although designed for a slightly more relaxed seat tube angle, so it is perhaps more upright than the occupant would like.

A bit of a wibbly-wobbly ride with 10kg of passenger, but sadly I think the bike may have suffered more than I noticed in the prang. Rear wheel is not tracking behind the front, looking down the handlebars and top-tube are not at right angles. The rear-triangle is bent and the bike doesn't track straight any more.

To top it all off, my courier bag full of nappy and playgroup essentials ends up jammed in little sir's face, so there doesn't seem any easy way of carrying it and him, I waddled through the suburb the two km or so to playgroup and may consider it all a failed experiment.

Giving the frame a good once-over I realised that its bent at both top and bottom of the rear triangle, probably easier to spot after a few months when the paint starts to peel and the bare metal to rust.

Bent just below the braze… 4051551675_2097151b3d_m.jpg

…and where the cut-out is to accommodate the wheel. 4052283820_466f60d4b0_m.jpg

Not yet sure if it is possible to repair the frame, or economic to repair it. It may be time to consider end of life for the old Peugeot Aspin, not bad for an 18 year old bike I guess!