luckiest of the unlucky
The other day as I was riding to school, I experienced that all-too-familiar and nauseating grind to a halt- on my brand new Paragon! Now I suppose all bikes fall victim to this from time to time, but it seems to be slightly more damaging in this case. The gap between the chainrings and the seatstay on the GF 29ers is teeny tiny, not really even big enough for the chain to pass through... I thought I was going to have to take the big ring off to get the chain unstuck. Now I've got some rather unsightly gouges in my frame and although I don't think that it is compromising at this point, if this problem repeats itself- even rarely- I'm afraid that I'm going to end up with a weak spot in my frame. Is this a common problem/compromise that 29ers have? (the especially cramped space between the rings and the seat stay, that is) I found it to be rather disconcerting...