Forks on the wrong way around, stripped bottom brackets, bandages used as shims… just some of the cringe-inducing nightmares that readers have nominated as their worst example of botched bike maintenance.
Compared to, say, a Boeing 747 there aren’t many complicated moving parts on a bicycle, which is what leads many to believe they can fix anything on a bike. It’s not necessarily the fixing that is the issue, it’s whether it stays fixed.
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Here we present some of the most entertaining examples of terrible cycle maintenance, as submitted by Cycling Weekly readers.
Have you come across a particularly awful example of bike maintenance, or tried one of these ‘fixes’ yourself? Let us know in the comments below
A young lad brought in a bike for repair after getting the bottom bracket replaced at a nearby shop. They stripped his bottom bracket shell and pushed the new BB in using plumber’s mate to keep it in place. Also had a Giant frame from them. BB stripped and they drilled a hole into the shell and inserted a screw to hold the BB.
I took my bike for a service a few weeks ago. When I picked it up and rode off, the gears were rubbing in the 9-10-11 positions. When I took it back, the fella said that’s normal as you’re not meant to use those gears. Needless to say, not I or any of my cycling friends have been to him since.
M R Dan Lippett
I once saw a bike that had eight snapped spokes on the rear wheel and the rider had simply duct-taped the snapped ones to the ones next to them and kept riding.
Mountain bike tyre stuffed full of straw to get me home, back in the day.
I’m a bicycle courier and I prefer to ride single speed bikes for work. I took my bicycle in to get some work done and the mechanic flipped my hub over to fixed gear instead of single speed. I was out in traffic before I realised it and nearly got thrown into a car when I tried to stop pedalling!
How about the time I forgot my bike shoes for an open 25?! [above]
Flicked up a stick in my rim and got caught in the derailleur, the stick spun the derailleur 180 degrees round the gears, so I just bent it back but ended up snapping the derailleur.
Spraying WD40 on brake pads because they rubbed too much.
This one kinda takes the cake [above].
Eric Asea Rogström
Front forks backwards on internet-bought bikes!? They come with the forks facing backwards to save space in the packaging, and then the buyer simply slots in the wheels and off they go!
I recently over-tightened a chainset, causing the bottom bracket to fail within two weeks, despite the chainset being clearly marked with torque settings.
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A mechanic in Plymouth used a heat gun to remove a carbon crank. Needless to say, it died.
Once saw a cracked GT Zaskar frame repaired with Sellotape.