Darn European bicycles

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  1. Ace Convoy

    Ace Convoy Well-Known Member

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    Ok I'm about to order a new rear wheel for my fairly new bike being 3 months old

    and I just finished washing it in order to have a nice clean bike when I installed the wheel

    So I finish Washing it and I ride it down the hill that leads to my Garage and then I start pedaling knowing nothing will happen when *GASP* It starts to move under my own Power AFTER A MONTH AND A HALF HAHA

    I ride it around the Jadwin Loop in joyful celebration and hope my mom hasn't spent that $33 for the new wheel yet then right as I'm around the last half of the loop and I try to shift into a lower gear as I go uphill it won't shift!!!!

    I try to shift when I start going down the last section downhill and then the chain Derails!!!! I freak out because there's this Suv on the road behind me and I can't pedal faster

    I calm down and signal the Suv that I'm pulling over and I safely find myself on the sidewalk and find that my Gear selector( the Gear Derriere or something or other) had bent inwards!!! and won't hold the chain

    My gear shifter was in perfect condition while I was washing it and before that while I was riding it.

    I later find out that my bike was built in the Queens land of England herself

    DARN EUROPEAN BIKE'S like their cars they're NEVER RELIABLE AND ALWAYS IN THE SHOP!!!!

    GAARRGGH!!!!

    don't buy a Northwood Crosstown unless you replace all of the Shimano parts on it with new bits.

    And the Bike got 5 STARS!!!! 5!!!! in every review

    there goes my PSP2 cash cause I'm fixing my bike this summer.

    Rant over

    I'm sorry if I offended any Japanese or British people in my rant you both are wonderful people and made a very comfortable and sturdy bike That I will miss .

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    Btw Did I mention the Seat started falling apart 3 weeks after I bought it and the Handlebars were always going loose...... :cry 
     
  2. Gen. Magnus

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    The above are all reasons to buy a Schwinn to begin with.
     
  3. Chaos Muffin

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    Get a Cannondale, or a Scorpio if you're on the street alot.
     
  4. joebot.

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    One of the many reasons I have a singlespeed. That's odd the derailleur would bend like that.
     
  5. B'Bantor

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    English bicycles tend to be pretty decent. Are you sure it was assembled properly? Sounds like all your parts are loose.
     
  6. John_Force

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    Another reason to get yourself a Norco.
    Get a new bike, for petes sake. It's probably older than you are.
     
  7. Recall

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    My bike is shitty too.
     
  8. Greyryder

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    Shimano parts are generally considered some of the best, even if their not from Shimano's high end range. Sounds to me like the bike was not properly adjusted, before it was ridden.

    On an unrelated note, what the hell is up with bicycle world spelling of derailleur? There was already the perfectly serviceable spelling of "derailer" when the bike part was invented. Were they worried that somebody would mistake it for the piece or railroad equipment?

    I don't care if they still make bike shop quality bikes, I won't buy any brand that's owned by Pacific Cycles.
     
  9. Ace Convoy

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    I agree because I did my research after my rant and found I have one of the best bikes on the market. I'm just gonna plop $45 for some new parts and tools then fix-er up.

    I love my bike too much to let it go.
     
  10. Thorns2010

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    Dude, you paid less then $200 for a bike, what did you think would happen?

    Any bike that you can buy from Target, Wal-Mart etc. is bound to be crap, and most likely not setup properly.

    Where did you get yours? Did you take it to a bicycle shop and have it set up properly?
     
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    Agreed.
     
  12. Ace Convoy

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    Nope a military Postal Exchange for $115

    My mom bought it and I rode it home.
     
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    Fuck yeah, fix that shit like a man. :D 
     
  14. Ace Convoy

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    I'm trying to turn my bike into a temp 3speed till I buy a new Derailleur...

    Basically I bought a new chain and I'm having difficulty with the chain tool....
    I found out that a hinge on the plastic Derailleur cracked it popped and closed.
     
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    original Schwins maybe but definitely not the crap they make now.
     
  16. Ace Convoy

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    GRRR I can't get that darn Chain off!!!!
     
  17. Ace Convoy

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    I'm two step away from installing that new Derailleur I've found one of my old bikes use a metal and still functional version of the Shimano Tourney Derailleur.

    I've removed that from the old bike but I can't get the chain off the newer bike.

    ......and how do you get links in a chain unstuck ?
     
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    Place the chain against the side of the tool away from the part you turn. Then just rotate the crank and the pin should start to push out the other side. Make sure you don't push it out too much, you just want to move it enough to bend the chain and pop the link out. If you push the pin all the way out it is very difficult to get it back in.
     
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    Not necessarily. I bought a Huffy mountain bike from Walmart several years ago and, if my mom hadn't made me throw it away, it'd still be in great shape. Only problem was that the pedals had to keep getting replaced.
     
  20. Fishdirt

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    That is a true oddity. First it came from wal mart and second it's a huffy. Growing up I'm remember huffy and pacifics as disposable bikes. Not very durable for constant riding and never a smooth ride.
     

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