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Rocket Boy
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Happy New Year folks:

I posted this over in Passion but thought you cannondale folk would like to see as well:

Well, the ride today was pretty awesome. I rendezvoused with my friend on the train from Grand Central to Yonkers. We rode from the Hastings on Hudson Station to the trail head. That was quite a miserable jaunt. The roads were slushy and cold salty water soaked our butts on the way to the trail. I hate wet ass.

I love my new F1 and was eager to enjoy it for the first dirt (snow) ride. It handles great and I love the Lefty. Locking out the fork and throwing the chain on to the big ring on the way to the trails was a joy. I didn't miss the single speed at all today. The Lefty took up the hits, big and small, with ease and gave me a lot more confidence in the descents. (although we didn't carry much speed anywhere today in the snow)

Two to three inches of snow made the riding a little tough. Alex went down on solid ice a few times today and I'm sure he's sore now! I took a nice dive over the handlebars in a baby-head strewn switchback. I sailed through the air, downhill and remember tucking my chin in just before my helmet made contact with a few big rocks. My left knee took a hard hit on an unforgiving rock/root and I have a nice lump to show for it. Getting up, I was shocked to see that I actually broke my front brake lever body. I couldn't believe it. I've never seen a lever body brake like that. (pictures below)
Loving my new F1

We weren't' the only ones on the trail this morning though. We came across a herd of deer which didn't seem frightened by us. The woods were silent as large flakes floated down and the deer stood looking at us, flicking their ears nibbling on... whatever they were nibbling on. We also saw some tire tracks from another rider who was out before us.

Best to all,
Arby









































 

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I always keep my levers a tad on the loose side just in case I have an accident. Today while riding, I went OTB, and when I picked up bike the brake handle had rotated down quite a bit. A quick wack with the hand and it's back in place and no broken parts. I'm loving my F1 too!
 

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88 rex said:
I always keep my levers a tad on the loose side just in case I have an accident. Today while riding, I went OTB, and when I picked up bike the brake handle had rotated down quite a bit. A quick wack with the hand and it's back in place and no broken parts. I'm loving my F1 too![/QUOTE
Yeah, I do the same. I'm beginning to wonder if my lever housing was defective or had a void in the material or something because although I keep the clamp bolts relatively loose, it did not move. It must have made just the right contact with a rock in order to break in the manner it did. Good news is that it stil works but I am able to push the lever away from the handlebar quite far an in a way not possible with a properly working lever. There is also a bit of excessive movement about the lever's pivot bolt.
 

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Arby said:
88 rex said:
I always keep my levers a tad on the loose side just in case I have an accident. Today while riding, I went OTB, and when I picked up bike the brake handle had rotated down quite a bit. A quick wack with the hand and it's back in place and no broken parts. I'm loving my F1 too![/QUOTE
Yeah, I do the same. I'm beginning to wonder if my lever housing was defective or had a void in the material or something because although I keep the clamp bolts relatively loose, it did not move. It must have made just the right contact with a rock in order to break in the manner it did. Good news is that it stil works but I am able to push the lever away from the handlebar quite far an in a way not possible with a properly working lever. There is also a bit of excessive movement about the lever's pivot bolt.
That stinks. I would take it back to the shop to see what they can do for you. I wouldn't expect that lever to break that easy.
 
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