|There used to be Bottle Trees here (trees have gone downhill)|
My gear is going downhill too. My frame is 8.5 years (or 40,000 km) old. I was warned (today too!) to change it, lest there is catastrophic failure (just like my wheel). My crankset is nine years old. It is cranky.
My Brooks saddle is exactly three years (or over 12,700 km) old. And yes, it is a pain in the butt.