[UPDATE] See gear status update at the bottom of this post…
I was cycling home from work just before Christmas and things went a bit wiggly in the rear end. I was carrying a lot of weight at the time (nabbing up all the reduced items at the supermarket as usual). Without really paying much attention, I assumed the bottom bracket or rear hub, since both were already on their way out. It wasn’t until I inspected it in daylight the next morning that I noticed the massive crack all the way through the drive side chain stay and the start of a second crack in the same location on the left stay. I tried to coax On One into a replacement, but it was just outside the 2 year warranty and they were having none of it … and after they saw the condition of this beast in the photos, I guess they figured I got my money’s worth!
… So here she lies in bicycle graveyard below the bird feeder, shrouded in (ab)used bicycle chains, relics of rides gone past.
RIP you filthy ‘ol devil of incest!!!
I was on the lookout for a deal on something Surly or Salsa flavoured, but I just so happened to find someone selling my exact Inbred frame on PinkBike for £90. It was the same size and pretty good condition, just really, really orangey!!! I managed to resist my more lustful thoughts and went for this much less exciting replacement.
Old parts meet new frame; not the sexy titanium gravel rocket I had in mind, but she’ll do the trick as my general utility bike for grocery schlepping and train fare dodging until the spring, when I try to fit yet another new bike in the shed!
It’s interesting to find out which components have stood the test of time. Most are as you’d expect: Chris King headset, Salsa Cromoto fork, Brooks Saddle, Tubus Rack, Ortieb panniers, Deore crankset and derailleurs.
However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised how well some components have lasted.
The SP PD-8 hub dynamo is still going strong after 12,000km, powering my lights on my daily commute through the dark British winter.
Shimano Deore hydraulic brakes are still fine as well, but I have lost count of the number of brake pads I’ve gone through – probably a dozen. I am also on my second front rotor.
Ergon GP1 grips are still comfy as can be, though they are getting a bit worn (definitely need to use gloves to prevent slipping).
One of my Schwalbe Marathons is still going as well (not pictured here).
Pretty much everything else has been replaced at least once!