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Are Your Bike Components Safe? SRAM brake problems

I subscribe to a number of cycling blogs around the world, and yesterday’s post from Cozy Beehive on defective SRAM brakes being defective struck a chord.  According to CB, the darn things have a risk of breaking (braking breaks…hmmm) due to a defect in the moulding process.  This is bad news, but also really concerning. 

Since auto-manufacturers have to be strict on safety, and can get into beig trouble if they are negligent, aren’t other manufacturers?  Lets be honest here, many people who would use this particular system would also happily role down a hill at 40mph+, with nothing to protect them other than lycra and a lid.  But come on!  No brakes makes it fatal!

And what about the whole consumers rights of ‘fit for purpose’?

I have mentioned a similar issue before, but for me it was how Halfords, in my experience, haven’t put together bikes properly.  I think that it’s a shame because I am not the only person to have found this, and as I have asked around in various places over and over I have heard that customers have to take their Halfords built machine into a regular shop to get them tightened up.  In my case, for my son’s bike, the brakes had been put on backwards.

On my bike, the disc brake and rear wheel hadn’t been put on and adjusted correctly.

And there are no mechanical instructions on adjustments included either.

Halfords make a big deal of being a proper bike builder with trained staff and all the rest of it.  But I can’t help but see some sales assistant who has had a couple of hours being shown the right end of a set of pliers putting something together that I am going to risk my neck on.

Admittedly, I am not the best mechanic in the world.  If I was, then I wouldn’t be worried about these things.  One thing I would like to do is take a course in bike maintenance, if I could find one!  Failing that, maybe I should just set one up…

I guess the other more sensible solution is to join a club, which is something I intend to do once I get down to 12 stone. 

Getting back to the point, I think that you should at least have a reasonable knowlege of looking for weak points on the bike, and following the M check on your bike to make sure that it is ok and running fine before each and every ride.  It’s what I do.

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