juan - Member
Plus as I said, it's france, mech hanger aside you will find a replacement part in a LBS.
I wouldn't expect to just walk into any LBS, France or not, and pick up pads for a particular brake, or spokes for a particular wacky wheel, stuff like that. (see- up the page, wherein Formula Oro pads could not be located in the Tarantaise valley)
And even if they have them, I'd rather be riding than shopping.
As for bikes "falling to pieces"- there's all sorts of legit reasons that wear and tear or crash damage are more likely to strike on holiday. Unfamiliar trails obviously, which changes a lot. For a lot of folks, quite different trails too (to me tbh it's just like the stuff I seek out at home but not for most folks on here). So that has an impact on the bike and on the rider. We had about 10 punctures in the first 2 days and almost every time, people said "Well I don't get any at home!"
Lots of riding too- when you go riding locally are you always uplifting and riding all day, stacking in as many metres as humanly possible to make the most of every minute? The rides I do in france are different from most rides I do here. Also lots of people just plain get carried away.
TBH if I was riding for 8 hours a day every day in the UK, and spending every night eating and drinking and sleeping instead of maintaining, it'd beat the hell out of me and my bike too. But the riding holidays I do multiply that by lots.