Crack discovered while cleaning the rim
So I took the old mountain bike (a Giant Boulder SE, more than ten years old) that I rode in the snow and cleaned it up and while cleaning the rear wheel I found that the
Not surprisingly the crack goes through to inside of rim
Fortunately I have another mountain bike around that I can borrow a wheel from, but I will have to buy a new wheel.
In gloppy weather, brakes make a mess of rims
I didn't need to clean the other side of the wheel now! You can see just how much of the brakes end up on the rims in sloppy weather. I suppose I could buy better brake pads, too.
Anyway, this provides something of an answer to the question of why one gets something better if you spend more on a bike. This is a perfectly OK entry level Giant mountain bike but aside from being fairly heavy none of the components are terribly good (although none are terrible, either). In short I am not particularly surprised to have a cracked wheel on a bike like this. The question arises, at least in my mind, of whether I now take back this comment about low cost bikes and their quality quotient. After some ten minutes of contemplation (intermittently) I guess I would have to say no. I don't.
I don't see any crack besides the rim seam, which is part of the manufacturing process. See: http://journal.goingslowly.com/2009/08/velocity-rimsReplyDelete
Thanks! Apparently I had not looked at this particular rim (or the matching front one) closely or thoughtfully before, because the front one has the same thing. I'm pleased since (a) I don't have to buy a new rim, and (b) this rim is nicely true and the one I just swapped in (which isn't) can go back where it was, in waiting. I will just finish cleaning the no-longer bad rim and put it back where it was.ReplyDelete
Insanely comprehensive :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much,
Now I have something to read during the holidays. This will take a while but well worth it like always
You can read another one here the motorbiker