Author Topic: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again  (Read 12023 times)

Kim

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n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« on: 02 September, 2023, 03:33:14 pm »
And a long walk back from Cotteridge with my new recumbent wobblebike.  Good thing I wasn't halfway to Silverdale, I suppose.



That's not supposed to be like that :(

R.I.P. Streetmachine GT.  13 years, 45907 miles. (Plus a few more when Charlotte had it.)

Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #1 on: 02 September, 2023, 03:42:31 pm »
Oh noes!!!!!
Much commiseration.

PaulF

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #2 on: 02 September, 2023, 04:03:25 pm »
Bit of gaffa tape round there and you won’t notice it


 :'(

Kim

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #3 on: 02 September, 2023, 04:38:41 pm »
[Insert Brexit-related swearing noises inspired by the HPVelotechnik and AZUB websites]

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #4 on: 02 September, 2023, 04:43:34 pm »
Bugger, I know how that feels. Do you think it is catching?
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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #5 on: 02 September, 2023, 05:35:20 pm »
Oh Bugger!  How did you notice? Feel yourself elongating ?
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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #6 on: 02 September, 2023, 05:39:52 pm »
Oh dear...
Repairs are always possible. Aluminium? Case of whether you can be bothered.
You could get a sleeve put inside the tube, weld round the fracture, then maybe put an outer sleeve over the top. Possibly.
Would be worth considering.....depends how much you like riding the bike I guess.

I've only ever had it happen on two older DFs before. And at first, neither were obvious.....just something kind of strange going on!! Then it quickly dawns.
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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #7 on: 02 September, 2023, 05:41:02 pm »
Oh what a shame. 😔
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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #8 on: 02 September, 2023, 05:42:23 pm »
I once had a very strange feeling when riding my Thorn Nomad.  One of the S&S couplings had unscrewed!
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Kim

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #9 on: 02 September, 2023, 05:50:35 pm »
Oh Bugger!  How did you notice? Feel yourself elongating ?

The seat brackets were creaking more than usual (they all do that on this model) on the previous ride.

This time it felt like it wanted to shimmy, like a soft front tyre and lots of weight on the rear rack (you'd normally put heavy stuff on the lowrider first).

After stopping a couple of times and investigating suspension, headset, etc, I gave in and added more air to a tyre that didn't really need it.  As I started off, slightly uphill, I felt the seat position shift in a manner that I interpreted as the rear shock coming apart.  The rear shock had not come apart, the main tube had, and was bending under pedalling force.

It was just about ridable for a bit if I sat forward in the seat, to keep the break in compression, but after wheeling it for a couple of km the frame was sufficiently twisted that it was full wobblebike.


Oh dear...
Repairs are always possible. Aluminium? Case of whether you can be bothered.

This is actually steel (and interestingly no sign of corrosion at the break).  I'm reluctant to go the repair route, on the basis that it's an obsolete model, and various suspension/drivetrain components are unobtanium and wearing out (it's currently sporting a piece of marine fuel hose as a drive-side idler).  The simple solution would be to bag a low-spec second hand one with a sound frame and swap the parts over.

But I'm thinking the better solution, in the absence of war, famine or disability, would be a whole new bike with the Rohloff it really ought to have and current components, transfer over my custom cranks, lighting, etc.  And reasonably expect another decade of use before I have to replace anything expensive.  But you could probably buy a small flat in a rougher part of Blackpool for the going price...

Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #10 on: 02 September, 2023, 05:53:58 pm »
Can you buy a replacement frame only & move the bits over ?  Or ask a dealer to order it for you ?
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Kim

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #11 on: 02 September, 2023, 05:57:01 pm »
Can you buy a replacement frame only & move the bits over ?  Or ask a dealer to order it for you ?

Framesets are available.  You can probably buy a garage in a rougher part of Blackpool for the going price.

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #12 on: 02 September, 2023, 06:13:13 pm »
That's an utter bugger, Kim. Commiserations.
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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #13 on: 02 September, 2023, 06:18:40 pm »
Ouch!  That looks painful.

Does the search begin now for it's replacement?


Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #14 on: 02 September, 2023, 07:07:34 pm »
Kim, is that the bike you did the Tan Hill ride from York station on?  I remember being mightily impressed by its shininess at the time - and, of course, it was the correct colour for a bike!  It's a real shame, though I guess you may be looking at it as an "opportunity"!

Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #15 on: 02 September, 2023, 07:21:06 pm »
An opportunity to buy the welding rig she’s always wanted…..
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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #16 on: 02 September, 2023, 07:33:53 pm »
Ha!  Andrew, I misread that as "wedding ring" - and I've recently paid £400 for these glasses!

Kim

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #17 on: 02 September, 2023, 07:59:18 pm »
Kim, is that the bike you did the Tan Hill ride from York station on?  I remember being mightily impressed by its shininess at the time - and, of course, it was the correct colour for a bike!  It's a real shame, though I guess you may be looking at it as an "opportunity"!

Yes, that's the one.  Charlotte told me that the colour was a German attempt at 'British Racing Green', which in this case it was not.  It's done a few miles and a couple of crashes and drivetrains since then.

Kim

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #18 on: 02 September, 2023, 08:00:00 pm »
Ha!  Andrew, I misread that as "wedding ring" - and I've recently paid £400 for these glasses!

IIRC that's how Mr Arch's wedding goggles happened.

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #19 on: 02 September, 2023, 08:24:06 pm »
Bugrit. Commiserations, Kim.

Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #20 on: 02 September, 2023, 08:37:16 pm »
Commiserations Kim  :(

Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #21 on: 02 September, 2023, 08:47:03 pm »
Commiseratons but...

...that looks very fixable.

Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #22 on: 02 September, 2023, 11:36:38 pm »
Ha!  Andrew, I misread that as "wedding ring" - and I've recently paid £400 for these glasses!

IIRC that's how Mr Arch's wedding goggles happened.

Quite likely!  Has anyone heard from them at all?

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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #23 on: 03 September, 2023, 12:09:37 am »
Buggrit >:(
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Re: n-1: Crack of Doom strikes again
« Reply #24 on: 03 September, 2023, 01:19:03 am »
Ha!  Andrew, I misread that as "wedding ring" - and I've recently paid £400 for these glasses!

IIRC that's how Mr Arch's wedding goggles happened.

Quite likely!  Has anyone heard from them at all?

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