Since I bought my Trek 2.1 last September, there has been an uneasy truce between me and my broken down Specialized Crosstrail. The Crosstrail (aka “Old Ironsides”) has served me well in its reduced role as inclement weather/night-time/family bike. No more flats, no more broken spokes, and no maintenance issues to speak of. A rational person would say this is due to the decrease in load and the Crosstrail can handle the work it is now assigned. I think that may have something to do with it, but I believe another factor was at play: Old Ironsides learned its lesson and realized its continued existence hinged on its good behavior.
Today, Old Ironsides lapsed into its bad habits. I suppose it cannot help itself. It cannot deny its fundamental nature – to break down. I didn’t even ride it today. All I did was clean it.
After taking the wheels off and thoroughly cleaning every part and lubing the chain, I put the wheels back on and noticed the back wheel was no longer true. I checked the seating five times and the wheel is most definitely where it should be. Apparently, I brushed a spoke just a tick too hard or perhaps I simply looked at it the wrong way. Hard to say.
I was going to take the Crosstrail to my LBS for its final free tune up (we’re coming up on the 1 Year Annivesary of its purchase). That was going to be a formality – a way to close the book on that rough restart to my cycling hobby. Now, there will be an actual purpose. Once again, I will turn to the LBS mechanic and say, “Fix my bike.”
I love my Trek.