Expensive 100 yards cycle

Outline of bike against the sky

This afternoon I went for my shortest but probably most expensive cycle trip ever. I took my bike to St Andrews, but unfortunately I wasn’t riding it at the time.

Around 15:00 I set off on my bike, cycled about 100 yards to the main road and stopped for a car to pass. Stood up on the pedals, shoved myself off and … more or less snapped my left pedal off. It was obviously rather loose and so I’ve threaded the pedal bolt on both the crank arm and the pedal.

So I’ll at least need a replacement crank arm and pedal, but a closer inspection of my front chainset reveals that it will likely be cheaper for me just to get a whole new front chainset, as the current (and original) one is rather worn indeed. And so I’ll probably need a new chain too. And I’ve no idea of the state of my bottom bracket or rear derailleur.

Still, I’ve been meaning to get my bike serviced for a few months now. Unfortunate timing: I was wanting to work on my fitness this holiday.

I’ve dropped the bike into Spokes bike shop in St Andrews. I may or may not get it back tomorrow, depending on how much work is required.


Monday 24 December

I got my bike back at 13:00 on Monday (less than 24 hours after putting it in for repair). Top marks to Spokes of St Andrews. In the end it cost me just over £60 for:

  • Suntour Chainset (22/32/42) – £24.99
  • Shimano UN53 Bottom Bracket 68-110mm – £19.99
  • Black ATB 9/16 pedals – £9.99
  • Labour – £10.00

Bargain! I was then out on it (Anstruther to Elie and back again) this afternoon, just before the sun went down. Marvellous!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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