Still can’t really believe it, but my wheels have been condemned.
Finally took the bike into the bike repairers today to get them to sort out the annoying judder when the back brake is applied at speed.
They said the pads are knackered but so are the rims – back not as bad as front.
“I’ve worked here for 15 years and I am telling you now that I would not go out on that. That is dangerous. I wouldn’t take any chances with it.”
He looked me in the eye as he spoke, picking up on my disbelief and trying his best to get the message across as scarily convincingly as possible.
Well I’ve had 15 years wear out of it but hell, it looks ok to me, apart from the sharp edge where..er…the metal of the rim has gradually been worn down by the brake pads.
I would be blubbing now if it were not for the urgent need to get some other wheels on there. I intend to plunder son no 2’s Kona Kilauea and nick his wheels but not sure how my chain will like his cassette. Maybe I’ll just have the front….
New Shimano wheels should be in by June 10 but they reckon I shouldn’t ride my bike until then. Waaaaaah. Might have to beg that rusty old thing out of your shed, Sophie.. 🙂
Hi ho, hi ho, off to the garage I go,
must break a nail or the rims will fail,
hi ho, hi ho, hi ho hi ho…hi ho….. etc etc ad infinitum until an irate neighbour fells me with a well-aimed airgun.