Thursday, May 31, 2007

I broke my frame, and I feel Macho

Well, I usually am really easy on my equipment, It gets replaced when It wears out. I have never " Taco-ed " a wheel, nor have even bent a rear derailur. I have smashed a few teeth off the big ring, but thats it.

On Wednesdays ride, while descending Deer Run, I did hear a funny noise, like when I used to use a clothes pin to attach a card to my rear triangle so that the card would make a Motorcycle sound when rode. The bike seemed to wash out a bit too. So when we got to the top of SGP, I was checking if my rear tire was underinflated. Nope. At the bottom of Jackrabbit I was following Jeff M. and boosted out of the little whoop-dee at the end and when I came down, the back end wobbled and that motorcycle sound was loud and clear. I thought I got a stick caught in the back tire. Upon stopping it was clear to see. My swing arm snapped. Since I always have my bike in the back of my truck, laying on its side under the Taunnu (sp?) cover, I thought I might have packed it wrong and caused a ding that made a crack that caused the failure. But in that area, not even the paint was scratched. Could it be that my beloved Marin Mt. Vision is not worthy? Or am I now part of the elite group that can proclaim my toughness and machismo amongst other riders as one who rides so hard that I break frames. Like I'm gonna get a tattoo on my chest that says "Thrasher"

Well, my bike was un-ridable, but fortunately for me, Scott came and picked me up. THANKS SCOTT! When I got to my office I immediately took photos of the damage and sent them to my friend Steve who works for Marin. He told me that this, unfortunately, is not that uncommon, and that a new, re-designed swing arm was on the way to me. Well, I still Feel Macho, but I will skip the tattoo for now. Since my bike was unrideable I sent my shock in to be serviced. This will take longer than it will take for me to replace my swing arm. I will be riding my wifes bike until further notice, so I may not look to Macho, but I will have an underlying glow of Machismo, as I pedal through the streets and hills of Carson City.

7 comments:

Snakebite said...

Hey! NO skipping tattoos! This means you!

Jeff said...

We got some sick air off that last jump. I think you could've slid a credit card between our tires and the dirt. It's no surprise to me that the swing arm's structural integrity failed. Manly men for sure.

Chris said...

Will it be covered by warranty?

Jeff said...

I noticed that one of the Marin stickers was peeled back the other day. Under the sticker was a partially exposed word that said "Wal-Mar". Not sure what that means without taking the whole sticker off and revealing the missing letters.

Marcus said...

Yes its under warranty.
Jeff- your hittin' below the belt now... Do not tarnish the name of my beloved, or I will be forced to protect her dignity....

Marcus said...

By whipping you with a wet noodle

rigtenzin said...

It's nice they've come up with an improved swingarm. That's really all you can ask for -- if someone finds a problem, they fix it. That's good for Marin's reputation.