Old 02-12-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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PSA: Bike parts wear out faster when subjected to winter riding conditions...

Fork seals... Drivetrains... Bearings...

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Love your bike: Check your brake pads

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Old 02-13-2012, 12:05 AM   #2
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:09 AM   #3
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We need a pic of the matching rotor.

The rider didn't notice the noise or the lack of braking ability?
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:40 AM   #4
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Craig, that looks worn to factory spec. Either way, it's still under warrantee, right?
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We need a pic of the matching rotor.
Good reminder. -Most- manufacturers recommend you replace your rotor at 1.6mm (1.8mm is the standard width for -most- new rotors). Thinner then ~1.4mm we have seen catastrophic failure under braking.

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The rider didn't notice the noise or the lack of braking ability?
You know how it is... slow degradation of performance... it's like when you ride your fork until the annodizing rubs off the inside of the stanctions and milky grey oil is bubbling out of the seals... how do you really know when to service it???

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Craig, that looks worn to factory spec. Either way, it's still under warrantee, right?
Would you believe the folks at Shimano don't consider the wear on those pads to be a manufacturer's defect???
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:14 PM   #6
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PSA #2

PSA #2 in our series of bike maintenance pitfalls to avoid...

-Ungreased interfaces where STEEL meets ALUMINUM - WILL - Seize!

(No DT 440 hubs {aluminum shell, steel star-ratchet drive capture} and, thankfully, no mechanics were actually harmed in the creation of these photos...)





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Those pics are useless without a story. Or better yet several stories. Here's mine:

An angry shop mechanic broke this clamp over the head of one of our sales representatives who had continued to promise customers next day service without first checking with the shop manager to find out if there was room in the schedule, or even if the parts were available.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:49 PM   #8
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PSA #2 in our series of bike maintenance pitfalls to avoid...

-Ungreased interfaces where STEEL meets ALUMINUM - WILL - Seize!

(No DT 440 hubs {aluminum shell, steel star-ratchet drive capture} and, thankfully, no mechanics were actually harmed in the creation of these photos...)





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The fact that you were using a Mastercraft vise was the biggest problem. That sucker likely would have imploded even if it wasn't seized!
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:32 PM   #9
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The fact that you were using a Mastercraft vise was the biggest problem. That sucker likely would have imploded even if it wasn't seized!
In all fairness to Canadian Tire, it has served us well for about 5-years.

We are going to take it back?! : JRA (Just wRenching Along) right?!


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Those pics are useless without a story. Or better yet several stories. Here's mine:

An angry shop mechanic broke this clamp over the head of one of our sales representatives who had continued to promise customers next day service without first checking with the shop manager to find out if there was room in the schedule, or even if the parts were available.
I always laugh when I hear stories like this; I remember the first time (~19 years old) I took a Klein with (the worst) internal cable routing (ever) back into the shop after the customer had already pulled all the cable and housing out of it.

#7 (the seventh "lead" mechanic in ~1.5 years) wanted to act out a similar scenario to the one you imagined(possibly also because I was always calling him #7: "I am not a number, I AM A HUMAN BEING!!!")

...

I have been VERY fortunate to have worked most my adult life in the bike industry and never (again) to have worked in a mechanic:sales person relationship like the one you describe (although I've heard lots of similar stories) through multiple shops.

When it comes to dealing with mechanics (bike, auto, otherwise), and people in general, I have always found you get out what you put in when it comes to attitude.

Anyways, back to pictures of worn out bike stuff!

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You should take it back. Pretty sure they have a lifetime warranty on their own name stuff. I have been having Gray and Mastercraft sockets replaced as I break them for years. This is from a socket set I was given when I was 16 (thanks Dad!). That was almost 30 years ago. (holy shit!)
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You should take it back. Pretty sure they have a lifetime warranty on their own name stuff. I have been having Gray and Mastercraft sockets replaced as I break them for years. This is from a socket set I was given when I was 16 (thanks Dad!). That was almost 30 years ago. (holy shit!)
To Canadian Tire's credit: Vice replaced No-Questions-Asked!
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Amortize That!

The third in our series of Public Sermon... errr... Service Announcements!

Performance components last longer, and perform better, with a regular maintenance schedule.

We have a number of staff and customers with King hubs that have been instantly engaging for a decade.

Amortize that!

And service it once a year...

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