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julietk From: julietk Date: November 10th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Total miles on the road definitely has an effect on part-lifespan; and I do, or used to do, a lot of mileage. I also tend to ride bits of bike into the ground (the fact that one of the seatposts that broke was of Unknown Origin and Age may not have helped). Plus I sit waaaay back on the saddle, and shove back on it hard when starting, which isn't great for the seatpost either. Having had a very similar failure *twice*, I've given some thought to what I might do about it, but haven't actually been able to think of anything (look for signs of metal failure? I'm not sure if that would even show up at all!)

At least with brakes you have two of 'em. Rim going BANG can be very nasty, but happily that you *can* actually check for (make sure rim is not concave). Um. If you remember. [looks guilty] Overall I've decided to check what I can semi-regularly, and otherwise put it into the Sometimes Things Go Wrong column and try not to worry. Plus my experience so far is that even if something *does* break, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to hurt yourself, still less that you'll hurt yourself badly.
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