Derailleur Failure!

by Pedal Pedlar May 29, 2012

80k into the trip and….. DERAILLEUR FAILURE. Something bad happened to the mech. Something very bad. It ended up in the spokes, the wheel was bent and it tried to rip the dropout apart. The beautifully chromed Campag dropouts had been prised open and bent in towards the wheel. We thought it was over.

Fear not though, one awesome French mechanic came to the rescue. Armed with a very large adjustable spanner and a few other very large tools he managed to bend the frame back into place (or thereabouts). The mech was replaced with an almost Campag compatible number and the wheel straightened out. We were back on the road. Albeit with a third of the gears I set off with, but the show could go on.

What a hero. If only I had a picture of said mechanic.

If you enjoyed this article please don't forget to share it around 😊  


Pedal Pedlar
Pedal Pedlar


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in The Journal

Eddy Merckx at full tilt - Pedal Pedlar Classic & Vintage Cycling
Eddy Merckx - The Cannibal

by Roly Seaton June 17, 2022

With a nickname like ‘the Cannibal’ you’d expect Eddy Merckx to be something of a tough character, but off the bike he is notoriously warm and amiable. On the bike was a different matter, his desire to win was immense, and the results were unparalleled.

Read More

Art and bicycles – Dario Pegoretti Ciavete - Pedal Pedlar Classic & Vintage Cycling
Art & Bicycles – Dario Pegoretti - An Italian Master

by Roly Seaton June 02, 2022

No one has straddled the worlds of art and bicycles like the late, great Dario Pegoretti. A master craftsman who studied under highly regarded contract builder Gino Milani (also his father-in-law) and pushed the boundaries of both steel frame construction and how beautiful a bike could be.

Read More

Caps Not Hats - The Retro Cyclist's Pièce de Résistance - Pedal Pedlar Classic & Vintage Cycling
Caps Not Hats! The Retro Cyclist's Pièce de Résistance...

by Pedal Pedlar March 12, 2022

Well, first of all it’s caps not hats, apparently there is a difference. Secondly, they are actually an easily available and versatile piece of kit!

Read More