I have finally given up trying to keep poor Ol’ Betsy on the road.
After what is now the 3rd visit to Wheels in the last several weeks (mistakes # 1, 2 & 3 BTW), I peeled over the Cycle Care & dropped a deposit on a SYM 125. Nice bikes, they ride well plus there’s enough room for the Little Wookie AND he has decent foot rests.
There was once a time when a 6-year-old bike was almost like new. My original Peugeot was already 7 years old when I got it 2nd hand from [some retal bike place] . Not only did it last 4 full years of teenage abuse, but I sold it & the lady rode it for several more years.
I have – for at least 10 years – used Howards to service my various bikes & never had a problem. When they didn’t have a van driver recently Mistake # 1 was calling Wheels to pick up. They did so, very quickly I add, but NOTHING has worked properly since.