- Who's to blame? Bike user or bike Mechanic?
never! the mechanics fault 100%!
the rider might have no idea about bikes, went in to fix a puncture and come out and the bikes has now broken after not installing a wheel properly.
if i had done that on someones car and put only 2 wheel bolts back in loosely, im pretty sure if you crashed or wheel fell off youd come running or limping back!
my dad had a puncture other day, walked the bike back home and took it to the lbs who sorted it for him. he hasnt got a clue about the bike mechanically so took it to someone who does. he pays them to fix it and give it back in a safe condition not just bash it back together cos hes late for corry!
thats piss poor im sorryPosted 8 years agob rMember
So we are 100% sure that no one touched the rear wheel/QR between the LBS and the hill – if so then I'm afraid I'd be having a chat with the Manager/Owner.
But TBH I'd have checked it before riding anyway – rode a demo at the weekend, and double checked the QR's along with bars/stem etc.Posted 8 years agobassspineMember
I think Zaskar is on the money. It's mainly the mechanics mistake, but a check of your bike before a big ride is a must, and every new bike comes with a booklet telling you how to do that.
I'm surprised the brakes worked properly if it was that far out of the dropouts that the mech fecked up…Posted 8 years agoHadgeMember
Not getting into the issue of whether anyone can do or can't do their own bikes but if you took your car get a new tyre fitted and they put the wheel back on wrong and you had an accident – who's fault would that be??? It's exactly the same – just a different vehicle. I'd be having words with the shop – you paid them for a job to be done right and it wasn't.Posted 8 years ago
I stand corrected but still think y=he should have checked it quickly but we had riden 2 miles no probs but it showed up when he was riding up a hill.
One side of the wheel in ok and the other was way off. I'm suprised it didn't give him chain slip but only showed up under greater force.
The rest of the ride he was fine btw.
And I've been texted "told you I was right" lolPosted 8 years ago
Call me whatever names you need to stu, but no way is the shop not to blame.
Do you check everything on your car after it's been in the garage?
Some folk (rightlyy in law, whether you agree or not) apply the same reasoning to bikes.
Can you fix/pre-empt every fault in everything you use?Posted 8 years ago
A riders rear wheel was replaced by the bike mechanic but not properly in the drop outs even though it tight.
The rider didn't notice until we rode up hill and his rear freehub was slipping so we thought and the chain went straight into his spokes snapping 2 of them.
Checking his mech I pointed out his rear wheel was not in the dropouts properly as he fiddled with his mech. Quick release adjustment and bike was running fine again except for broken spokes-sorted by another LBS round the corner.
Talking to the pal today, he's miffed and blaming the mechanic who put a new quick release in for him but probably used a stand with the bike in the air.
I told him he should check his bike for safety before any ride which annoyed him (Sorry T!)
I reckon it was 10% mechanic and 90% bike user not checking bike before an epic 50 mile ride I organised!
Who's to blame?
(Ok I might be a bit harsh on him? but I check my bike the day before!)Posted 8 years agoTandemJeremyMember
Did he have a duty of care? Did his conduct fall short of that which you would expect from a trained mechanic? If the answer is yes to both these things and IMO it is then the mechanic is legally at fault.
Want to expand al? Duty of care and person professing to have that skill and so on?Posted 8 years agoziggyMember
The mechanic should have put the bike back together correctly. That is his duty and responsibility.
Absolutely correct, if I had done that as a mechanic I would without hesitation put everything right at no charge. I wouldn't expect anything less from a shop. An apology should also be given.
However I trust no other mechanic so always would check it myself.
Why not?Posted 8 years ago
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