[Yak] Tikit - steering stem failure warning and tikit centuries
garethdent at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 14 02:31:08 CDT 2009
This is worrying David. What do you think provoked the final snap. Were you climbing at the time?
> Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 11:25:16 +1000
> From: farscout at gmail.com
> To: yak at bikefriday.com
> Subject: [Yak] Tikit - steering stem failure warning and tikit centuries
> Tkit - steering stem failure warning:
> Hi all - sorry to bear sad tidings but I wanted to warn tikit riders about a
> possible personality problem with their bikes.
> I have a size Large, stock, hyperfold BF Tikit which I love dearly. Sadly it
> tried to get me yesterday while cycling along a highway in the rain between
> Mooloolabah and Caloundra on the sunshine coast in Queensland, Australia
> (for those of you who use google maps). But being an old horse rider I
> managed to wrestle the tikit back under control when he took the bit between
> his folding steerer stem and tried to buck me. When I stopped and examined
> what had happened I discovered that the left side of the hinge which joins
> the top of the steerer stem to the bottom had broken. Upon looking at it,
> one thinks, well actually it does not look all that strong after all, and I
> was a bit concerned about the rest of us also having it fail - especially
> while riding. It may not of course fail for you as I may be an atypical
> tikit rider as I ride it everywhere and have done around 3000km on it so far
> and have replaced the chain and rear cassette once.
> Oh yes - there were some questions in a previous posting about whether
> tikiters would consider doing a century on their tikit. Absoloutely (well
> once I get this steerer stem repaired) I would do a century on it. In fact I
> was preparing to do one when it failed. I regularly cycle distances of
> 55-65km recreationally on my tikit with no problems and manage fine with the
> stock 8 gears.
> PS It was not my weight that broke the steerer stem like all my friends and
> family said (although I did pig out a little on the easter eggs:) I weigh
> 83kg, am 41 years old.
> Some pictures of the failure to assist those other tikiters on where to
> examine their bikes:
> David Payne
> (farscout at gmail.com)
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