I found out that all bicycles with gears have a single Aquilles heel. The rear mech hanger of my Ridgeback Meteor has a crack. It is unsafe to ride the bike. The piece is made of aluminium.
The store where I bought the bike in London (Evanscycle) cannot locate its reference. Ridgeback does not does not provide the information online nor answer to emails enquiring about the hanger.
I ordered a gear mech derailler hanger on ebay to a French merchant, Alpine Bikers. They do not answer to questions on ebay but they do ship spares made of aluminium.
If you think of the hanger as having the shape of a seahorse, the replacement piece has a mouth a bit too long. It cannot be attached to the frame for that reason. My local key-maker trimmed some 2 mm off the piece and the trick work: my bike is on the road again.
This is the result and how it fitted back in its place.
There are protectors of derailleurs available that are worth considering for all-terrain bicycles. It you attach one protector to your bike, leave one of its two holes without screw; this way it still protects the derailleur from direct lateral impacts but it would break or twist where one of the screws is missing thus preventing further damage to the frame, which would be fatal to the bicicycle.
We had a terrible experience with an apparently OK cocktail bar in C/ Barquillo 40, between Barrio de Justicia and Chueca.
The patrons are a mix of old people who can afford a to take their trophy wife for dinner on weekdays and groups of office workers who stop by for drinks. The bar can sit 20 people distributed in 6 tables. They have an area with couches that can hold 12 people.
We booked dinner for twelve people with 15 days in advance. The day before we had a phone call at 22:00 letting us know that they had accepted the booking a group of thirty people at the same time so that they would have to close the venue to host them and try too fit 2 large groups!
You can find on all the yellow-pages directories: 11870, eltenedor, yelp and tripadvisor.
The Schwalbe Marathon are remarkable tires. I think that I inadvertently rode for at least 100 kilometers (in consecutive riding sessions) with a grain of quartz embedded in the tyre.
According to a friend who regularly enrols in cycling expeditions in exotic countries, the tire is the primary choice for a world-trip because it’s so reliable.