Without warning, and after about 2 years of hard use riding almost daily, the left drillium pedal seized up, throwing off the front of my MUni this morning! Me and two riding buddies had just started our 9 mile ride, and after only 1 mile, it happened. Actually, at the very beginning of the ride I noticed a little extra in/out play on the left pedal and thought I just needed to tighten it. Wrong!
Although there was plenty of grease still inside-apparently coating the spindle, it became metal to metal and you could feel the insides grinding really bad. Well, I bid them good riding and turned back, and just as I got back, the left pedal FLEW right off the spindle! Good timing! I got home, took the pedal apart, degreased it for closer inspection, and you can see by the pics, the spindle is totally shot! You can even see a piece of metal that “corkscrewed” off, hanging off the spindle.
I also found the likely cause…the spindle is BENT. Slightly bent but enough to cause intermittent metal to metal contact as it rotated. But with all the constant hard use and big drops, I’m actually surprised they lasted this long! And the likely reason it did become bent, was the fact that there was some play (on the spindle) in the first place! So I placed an order for a new pair a few minutes ago from a bike shop in San Louis Obispo, (Lowest price and free shipping too!) and I should have a new pair by Tuesday, or Wednesday. In the meantime, I’ll just use the pedals that came with my '07 KH MUni.