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Poor ATPJunkie!(20 posts)

Poor ATPJunkie!MShaw
Oct 13, 2003 10:47 AM
I seem to be a curse on his equipment! In the three times we've gone 'crossing, he's had mechanical problems all three times!

A few weeks ago, we got together with a Triathlete friend of mine (former Cat2, so he's OK) in the Grove on the UCSD campus. I talked ole ATP into loaning my friend his 'cross bike to try out... Well, one crash by my friend the triathlete into a bush means that there's a puncture in a $45 Tufo... Good thing there's such a thing as Tufo "goop."

One fairly long walk to the trucks later, we try it again.

Last Fri, we got together again to go around the Celo racecourse (next weekend if you're in San Diego/SoCal www.celopacific.org). As I was stopped chatting up this cute female type with a golden retriever, ole ATP was over mucking about with his rear wheel. Evidently he had hit something and his rim was out of true. No phone # and its getting dark, so off we ride...

Sunday, we got together at his local loop in Balboa Park. Nice. Long downs, ups, short downs and ups, one heckuva runup, etc. Nothing too technical, but fun nonetheless. Well, I was feeling the SDBC ride from the day before, so I was lagging behind. ATP's off ahead of me by 50-100m most of the time 'cause he ate his Wheaties that morning... The second lap is about halfway done, I come over the top of the runup to see ATP looking at his bike about a third of the way up the next hill. I can see that he's puzzled. I can also see that his rear Tufo is flat as a board.

Seems he hit a stick just right in the little patch of bark, etc. right before the bottom of the hill... There's a nice 2cm long gash in his rear tire that no amount of Tufo goop is ever going to be able to fix!

Walkout #2. We were about 250m from the farthest point away from the trucks, so it took a little hiking to get out again.

At this point in the day, it was getting warm and my legs were not happy, so I wasn't too stressed about ending the workout early. I got to the top of the paved climb a few minutes ahead of him, so I worked on my dismouts (something I stil have a problem with!) till he got there. I've found that the 'cross bike has a different balance point than my road bikes, so I was working on riding a wheelie as he was walking across the grass towards Upas St.

My conclusion is that I'm a jinx! Every time we've gone out riding, ATP's come away second best in the equipment failure department. Maybe we're getting the gremlins worked out BEFORE the racing season starts for him?? At least that's what I'm hoping!

I thought I'd share. Any of y'all in San Diego and wanna get together for a few rides? I'm not sure that I'm a jinx for everyone...

Mike
It sux to be him! LOL!AJS
Oct 13, 2003 4:32 PM
Great story! But I shouldn't be laughing cuz I don't wanna bring the jinx to me!

Hope you guys get things worked out on yer next ride. ;)
yes it sux to be meatpjunkie
Oct 13, 2003 11:29 PM
sometimes......
I also broke a drop out on my S-Works. Have a new baby and my bike $$ is a tad short

oh well, I'lltake solace in my cheerleader swimsuit calendars.
at least my job has some perks
yes it sux to be meatpjunkie
Oct 13, 2003 11:30 PM
oh yea forgot the best part
yes it sux to be mearctic hawk
Oct 14, 2003 3:12 AM
Some people have all the luck!

Arctic Hawk
no luck involvedatpjunkie
Oct 14, 2003 8:05 PM
I am to swimsuit pictures what de Clerq is to cx.
no luck involveddlbcx
Oct 15, 2003 7:24 AM
Too cool! At a former job, I got go to UCSD to interview new grads. Got to interview someone who was a Chargergirl who was getting an engineering degree. Had to be the best looking ME that I have ever met!
engineersatpjunkie
Oct 15, 2003 2:06 PM
yes the squad is actually got some brainy girls. 2 engineers, a couple teachers, not just a bunch of pretty faces.
man, where do I get one of those??!!weiwentg
Oct 14, 2003 6:43 AM
and who is:
2nd from right, 3rd row
1st and 2nd from left, 2nd row
2nd, 3rd and 4th from left in the front row?

what the heck do you do anyway, you lucky b-----d?
Second that...even better than the Bud calendar shotThe Walrus
Oct 14, 2003 12:03 PM
...at least for 2nd from right, 3rd row, and 2nd and 4th from left in the front.

Imagine--something about the Chargers worth checking out!
what the heck do you do anyway, you lucky b-----d?atpjunkie
Oct 14, 2003 7:20 PM
2nd from right, 3rd row: Yoko (she's from Japan)
1st and 2nd from left, 2nd row : Kaylin and Alex
2nd, 3rd and 4th from left in the front row? Rachel, Lacy and Natalie (she has Green Eyes, dark hair SNAP!)
I'm a graphic designer, and I'm the guy that makes good looking women even better looking. Because of my expertise I get to do lots of these. I'll post some from the next...maybe.
You're warrantying your Sworks ,right?Roger2
Oct 14, 2003 2:30 PM
I warrantied two of their road frames, one a 2000 S works and the other (first) an epic 1999 for snapping at the driveside dropouts, right at the hanger. It's a faulty design, they drill a hole right thru the middle of the weld that attaches seat and chain stays. I wouldn't be suprised they do the same on their cross bike.

Good luck
You're warrantying your Sworks ,right?atpjunkie
Oct 14, 2003 7:23 PM
yes I am. yup the hole for the der. hanger screw. cracked right through. but how will they warranty..they don't make them any more. They also changed the geometry in 2001 which shortened the TT's. I'd need a 60 now and it may lack standover.
Request / questionsdpb
Oct 15, 2003 9:10 AM
Hey ATP,

Maybe you could keep us informed about how specialized treats you. I'd be curious in case I ever have to deal with them myself.

Supposedly they're coming out with a cross bike for '04? I think there was a thread about it a while back. I must say, I'd cry if I killed my M4CX...it rides like a dream right now.

Incidentally, are the seat stays asymetrical? I was looking at mine and noted asymetry in the drive-side seat stay.

Thanks,
Damian
Request / questionsatpjunkie
Oct 15, 2003 2:13 PM
will do. going to be hard to replace as they don't make it like that anymore. They're good with such matters, I'll keep ya up to date. I'll have to check on the stays, bike is in the shop right now. I'll get back to ya.
Request / questionsMShaw
Oct 16, 2003 9:28 AM
I've had several friends with Specialized bikes that have failed for one reason or another over the years.

Overall, all the guys I've talked to have been very well taken care of by the big S.

Mike
Hopefully, they'll take care of you...Roger2
Oct 17, 2003 9:37 AM
by giving you credit or upgrading. Worst case scenerio they can credit your LBS which will credit you and you can get something else. Although in that case, your credit wouldn't be retail but dealer cost which really isn't to your advantage.

To Specialize' credit they were quick with both warranties. Although, I wish they would have immediately admitted it was a flawed design and stopped drilling holes in that spot!

Again, good luck hope all works out.
He walks outside...Dream plus
Oct 14, 2003 8:20 AM
the sun is shining and it's gonna be warm. It can hardly ever suck in SD.
Mike
Sometimes, it DOES suck.MShaw
Oct 14, 2003 9:27 AM
Mostly its great around here.

I looooove riding up and down the coast, watching the local talent...

Sure beats NoVa!

Mike
He walks outside...atpjunkie
Oct 14, 2003 8:08 PM
yes but racing cx in 80 degree weather in October is a tad weird. we should have a summer season in June when it's foggy