Roger Mason <roger.mason@...>
I had a crank (to be more accurate, two in succession) that failed on my Chinese bike. While I was riding along a busy street in Peking a pedal suddenly stopped turning the front sprocket. I reached the roadside by judiciously pressing on the other good pedal, while scores of Chinese rode past impassively. Breakdowns are apparently quite frequent. Whacking the cotter pin (remember them?) did no good because the hole in the crank had enlarged, so a roadside repairer put on a new one for the equivalent of £1, an exorbitant price. It only just lasted until I got home where my friendly local repairer replaced it with a good one for less money. There are lots of roadside repairers who hang spare parts, tyres and inner tubes on a tree or lampost to advertise, so I could point to what I needed. I was unlucky to encounter a rip-off merchant.
PS I shall be in China again from 27 August to 11 January next year. I'll go on receiving the group E-mail.
Adrian Peter Toole <adrian@...>
Well I had a crank break on a bicycle in Holland. I'd cycled all day and
was up north somewhere near the dike across the Ijsselmeer. I had just
been saying ' How easy it is to cycle in Holland; see 100km no problem',
when crack and the thing fell to pieces.
No roadside repairers there, but when I finally got it back to the
station where I'd hired it, the repairer said 'It's one of those cheap
Chinese ones.' but still wanted to keep my deposit!
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Roger Mason
I had a crank (to be more accurate, two in succession) that failed--
Adrian Peter Toole