That Awkward Feeling When You Figure Out What's Wrong With Your Mate's Bike…
…and get blamed for finding out.
Mate brings bike to my place complaining wheel is difficult to get into dropout.
I suspect broken derailleur hanger, or dropout in frame.
Remove hanger and it shears off into two pieces.
Mate gets hugely pissed off. To be fair, I’ve been a bit evasive about what could be wrong, because I don’t want him to think his frame is ****. That would be a 4 figure expense.
Mate pretty much blames me for the problem and takes off. I am left feeling like a Richardhead.
Moral of story: Never spanner for a spannerhead.Posted 3 years ago
Should I got Frank Underwood on him and have him pushed under the train next time the Circle Line comes round?
He has been a decent enough mate until now. I think people who’ve not done any spannering in earnest don’t appreciate how much of an MTB is a consumable. Doesn’t help that we get ripped off for consumables.
He’ll calm down by Monday. Trouble is, will I give enough of a toss to listen to the explanation? Or will I even care? Culling time I reckon.Posted 3 years agodamascusMember
A new Mech hanger is 15 to 35 quid.
They are designed to break but not when you take the wheel off
If he replaces the Mech hanger and it fixes the problem I would expect an apology and I would never offer to fix it again. …
Unless his freehub freezes in which case I would offer to wee on it!
If a new Mech hanger doesn’t solve it I’m still not sure I’d apologize as you had good intentions.
Next time spell out the rules before you start. I will fix for free but don’t expect …….Posted 3 years agoslackaliceMember
It rather sounds like that if it wasn’t this episode that enabled him to show his true colour’s, then it would have been another at some point in the future. I daresay it’s nothing personal to you, that’s the way he chooses to be, until he hopefully realises at some point that his behaviour is not the best.
Might he be aware of his behaviour/attitude? Can you be the one to point it out to him? You don’t have to if you don’t feel its worth your while.
Hopefully, you won’t let this/him taint your generous nature with others in the future, and this experience will help you to become more aware of how some people are.Posted 3 years agokhaniMember
I’ve typed and deleted three responses to your post.. I feel like I’m missing something in what you posted,Posted 3 years ago
Are you ‘involved’ in his frame ownership or something? Or do you just help him out with spannering?
I’m confused why it’s your fault unless he’s a complete knob..
Think he was under some pressure. Doesn’t help that he doesn’t know enough about bikes. Doesn’t help that I diagnosed his last broken derailleur as well. One was after a stack. This one he claims to have no knowledge of. Guess sometimes we don’t know what’s going to break them.
What an a hole.Posted 3 years agoperthmtbMember
There seem to be a lot of perfect people on here, and who have such an endless supply of friends that they’ll dump a mate over one stupid episode. Don’t listen to them. Presumably he’s a mate because he has other redeeming qualities apart from being a bit of a tool occasionally? Just tell him you won’t do any spannering for him again, and why.Posted 3 years agotoppers3933Member
Buy a new mech hanger and fit it for him. £20 or so and calm is restored. Then explain that it breaking is one of those things and that it was broken before you touched it, hence his wheel not going in properly.
Or explain about it already being broken and tell him to stop being such a dick about it.
I’d probably go with the former.Posted 3 years agosingletrackmindMember
Did you tell him the mech hanger was designed to fail to save the frame in a crash ?Posted 3 years ago
Is he under the impression that the dropout has failed and therefore the frame is borked.
If hes a mate buy him a new mech hanger on CRC , if hes a knobber kick him into touch.BillOddieSubscriber
I don’t tend to do spannering for mates but I have in the past. And yes when you tell them the whole drive train is shafted because they haven’t a) kept their chain clean and lubed and b) replaced the chain when you advised, some can get a bit arsey.
So I don’t spanner for people now but I will happily assist and guide them do their own spannering. Teach a man to fish and all that.
It does boggle my mind the number of riders who will happily spend $$$$ on carbon/xtr/etc/etc but a don’t keep things running smoothly and won’t go on a simple maintenance course.Posted 3 years agoFOGSubscriber
I have a mate who is a complete mechanical clutz so I end up doing all kind of little jobs for him, especially as he lives just around the corner. He is however , incredibly grateful for what I do and when I break the news that something is irretrievably farkled and needs money chucking at it , he is very philosophical and still thanks me anyway.Posted 3 years ago
Manners and a sense of reality needed.deanfbmMember
It does boggle my mind the number of riders who will happily spend $$$$ on carbon/xtr/etc/etc but a don’t keep things running smoothly and won’t go on a simple maintenance course.
When i worked in a shop, the general customer view point was if they’re spending more, it should be less likely to break, then if it did break, since it cost loads, it was the shops job to suck it up.
Or at point of sale trying to convince the same kind of customer that their new £1000 forks are going to need tlc pretty much after every other ride or else they’ll run into expensive repair bills a year or two down the line, atleast a lowers service every 3-6 months went down like a lead balloon.
What customers (a horrific amount of STW too) think they should have for a pittance and what doesn’t defy the laws of physics, boundaries of current technology or is deeper in cost than their pockets are completly different worlds.Posted 3 years ago
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