Meet Triggers broom….

When I turned 40 I spent a decent sum on a hybrid bike…it was a Pinnacle Street Expede 1.0 and had a 7075 aluminium alloy frame with carbon forks and carbon rear stays – pretty spiffy!

It had a shimano 105 drive train and cantilever brakes for super quick stopping in the wet.

I’ve ridden this bike for nearly ten years every work day to the station and back. Rather hard riding for any bike – all weathers, salt and other road detritus getting into every crevice and causing all sorts of wear and tear.

Five years later the frame broke. It was covered by a ‘Lifetime’ guarantee however apparently this meant the expected life of the frame not any other definition! I managed however to claim a new one from Evans – they accepted any frame should last five years.

The bike was rebuilt however the bottom bracket and chain rings needed replacement (Tiagra not 105) and the headset was replaced. Cantilever brakes could not be mounted so (nasty) V brakes fitted instead. Carbon forks disappeared as mine would not fit on this less expensive 6065 frame.

The saddle rails broke so a new saddle was required. Shortly thereafter the spokes started to break on the wheels and I had to purchase a new set of Fulcrum racing Sevens. It’s had four new front derailleurs – my gear changing is poor, I used to change under full power and it bends the derailleur cage. The rear derailleur snapped some years ago and that was replaced too.

All in all the only bit of the bike that is now original is the handlebars and shifters…and frankly they are knackered!

Over the years I tired of paying bike shops to rip me off over maintenance so have become adept at doing it myself.

I’ve just replaced the chain and cassette, cleaned the bottom bracket and serviced the brakes and it now runs beautifully – well overdue as riding it through a winter gritting season is very hard on any bike. Nothing better than the silken hum of a well maintained bike…

Key to bike maintenance is keeping it clean – salt and dirt on the chain can grind a chain to breaking point in just a few hundred miles. Never ceases to amaze me when I see guys who have £1-5k bikes who clean them haphazardly.

Not all of them though, I have a good friend who, when he is on tour cleans every inch of his S-Works Tarmac with baby wipes every day…Chapeau Christian!

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