I may feel like I have to post about every ride I do, but, honestly, I only post when something interesting happens. This morning I got some good karma. So, to make up for it, and to balance the world out, on the way home this evening, I got some bad karma.
Heading down Clerkenwell Road, I was approaching some traffic lights that were about to change, so I had to speed up a bit to get through. Just as I got to the other side I noticed my right foot felt a bit wobbly. If you’ve ever had a loose crank, bent pedal spindle or pedal bearing loss then you’ll know exactly the kind of feeling I mean.
So I stopped ASAP and took a look. I waggled the pedals but the felt ok. Wiggled the crank and there was a bit of movement. Was that it? Ah, no, it’s a Schlumpf, so there’s always a bit of play. Tried wiggling the crank in relation to the opposite one and it was solid. With the uni upside down I ‘rode’ it with my hands but couldn’t feel anything out of the ordinary. Maybe I’d just imagined it. I’ll jump on and carry on home.
Strait away I notice that something really wasn’t right at all. So I hopped off and took another look. This is what I saw;
Now, I don’t do trials. I don’t hop, and, apart from the odd kerb I drop down, the thing almost never leaves the floor. At 13 stone I’m not exactly a real heavy weight. So, I long ago resigned myself to never being able to tick the box on the unicycle quiz to say that I’d broken a crank. But there it is.
I know that when I’m in high gear it does feel like I’m pushing very hard on the cranks, and particularly when I change up it can be a push. But I really didn’t expect it to go like that.
So, all you non-splined Schlumpf owners out there, are there any particular brands of crank that you recommend? I’d guess ones with very low Q factor, but I’m just wondering what works well for you.
STM - gutted to be losing almost a week of RTL training