Cross Check's New Shoes and New Woes

The good news is, I received shipment of some nice Panaracer Paselas for the Cross Check yesterday. This is the first time in a long time that I've bought something for a bike that it didn't really need at all. I had a great set of tires on it. But I've been wanting some tan walls for the Cross Check for a while and I found these for $16 each with free shipping. What?! I know. I couldn't believe it either. I went back to the online shop that I bought them from and they're already $32 each again. I somehow bought them at the perfect time.

Now the bad news...
I did a 32 mile ride today and started hearing a pinging sound about 12 miles from home. I didn't want to look. When I got home I saw this. Boo. So I'll be heading to the shop for a little spoke love tomorrow. Bad luck to get some sweet new tires on the very same day I break a spoke! That's the bad juju I get for buying something I don't need... as soon as I do something I do need breaks on that very bike.

I don't think I torqued the wheel by riding it all the way home. I assumed it was a spoke but I was 20 miles into a ride with a heat index of 90 degrees. So I just wanted to be home. I didn't want to sit on the side of the road and fiddle around with a mechanical.

Get out there.


  1. take up thy cross check daily

  2. Riding with one broken spoke is usually fine unless it's rubbing the brakes badly - or if the wheels are low-spoke-count race wheels.

    I rode the tandem with two broken spokes on the rear wheel. I didn't even notice. Then again, it has 40 spokes.

    1. Yeah, I think it was totally harmless. I didn't see anything out of whack at all. And I'm thinking I'll stop by the shop today and throw a fresh spoke on there tonight. It'll be back up and running for tomorrow's commute!

  3. Those Paselas look great on your bike. I've also discovered the same tires; they grace my dark blue Peugeot.

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