|Completing errands on the Ross, after dropping off the Trek for repair. |
I like the monogrammed lock post.
Diagnosis: freewheel connection to hub is worn. I don't understand exactly what that means or looks like, but I trust their judgement. I also had him assess the rim. It's seen some wear and is dished; however, I don't know how much is considered dangerous. Because this bike will see touring miles this year, I'm not surprised he recommended a new rim. Might as well, seeing as it needs a new hub anyway. I normally like having the LBS rebuild wheels, but unfortunately the cost is significantly higher with this method. So, long story short, I'm getting a new pre-built rear wheel. And, I'm going back to Schraeder tubes—personal preference.
And while they're at it, the mechanic will tighten the shifting cable and crank bolts. I fiddle with my bikes to save money, but when the bike is in for heavy duty repair, it's an opportune time to have a professional back me up.
*While writing this post, I called to remind the mechanic about the Schraeder rim hole. It's my lucky day. He had located a decent used wheel for me, cutting the cost in half. Yipppee!