I got off work early yesterday, which meant I could go for a longer ride. In order to restore my karmic balance, the Universe decided this would be an appropriate time for my first broken spoke of the season.
After work today, I took my bike into the LBS and learned that this bike shop does not have a one year warrantee on the bike like my previous one did. This means I’m out $26 for a new spoke plus labor. Not a big deal, unless this becomes a recurring event as it did last summer with my hybrid.
The big deal is my chain, which the LBS mechanic has determined to be stretched. I realize this sort of thing occurs eventually, but I was a bit surprised it happened after only 2,000 miles on this bike. The mechanic said chains actually go bad around 800-1,000 miles.
800-1,000 miles! I was incredulous. My shock only grew when the gentleman quoted me a price on a new chain: $72.
“Really?” I replied. “I know of many riders who log over 4,000 miles per year. You will have me believe they buy five chains every year at a cost of $350. On chains.”
“Well,” he said, “They can last to a little over 1,000 miles sometimes. But anything longer than that and you’re going to wear down your rear cassette and front sprocket which will cost you a lot more money to replace.”
I told the mechanic to leave the old chain on for now. I need to think about this one a bit.