Trying to keep this blog up to date with my mountain biking activities, leadville 100 training and visits to the bike shop is much harder than I thought it would be. It’s now been over a week since I originally intended to post this bike shop visit update (5/26).
During our family trip to Yosemite for Memorial day I was able to get out for a solo ride around our lodging just outside the south gate. Toward the end of that ride my brakes started to feel incredibly soft and I noticed a banging sound coming from the tail of the bike. Each of these issues contributed to my decision to not do the full Big Trees ride I had planned which conveniently was ridable directly from the inn.
Turns out my brake pads were completely worn out and my front brake line needed to be bled. This is a routine maintenance activity so I wasn’t surprised. I don’t trust my data in Strava for how long and the amount of miles the last set lasted. I must have missed a replacement in there somewhere. Typically this maintenance is required about every 3 months.
It turned out that the banging sound was a result of missing one of the two bolts that holds the rear disc brake to the frame and the other was extremely loose. I had stopped during my ride when I noticed the noise and swear I had checked the brake and rear derailleur for loose screws as this is also not unprecedented for me and don’t recall noticing the looseness then. Sure enough when I described the issue to the mechanic it took him all of about 60 seconds to diagnose the issue. Could have been worse, I suppose but regardless I felt pretty dumb, especially since it was the same mechanic that diagnosed my shifting complaint on a prior visit as a similar issue: loose bolt attaching the rear derailleur. Check ’em twice!