Like Hansel & Gretel, but on bikes.
April 8, 2010 § 2 Comments
Last week on Facebook, someone posted a photo of a race I did as a cat 3, in 2006. In the comments we shared a laugh about the silly fashion mistakes we made back then and how far we’d come.
Then I realized that the bike in that photo is the same one I am racing on this year:
Around the same time that my bike started to come apart. My two-year-old cranks started to reject my pedals, my headset took to creaking like a bed in a fraternity house. Since my bike has never shown any signs of being able to read, nor having its own Facebook profile, I have to assume that the deterioration is due to age and not as a result of being picked apart on the internet.
Last week I lost a water bottle cage (snapped at the bolt) and computer sensor — the important part (just fell off?)– in a single three-hour ride. Luckily I managed to save the computer before it got squashed by somebody’s H2, but yeesh. Maybe we could have spread it out a bit?
It’s not all bad news, though. For you, dear reader, now is a really good time to ride behind me (especially at the finish line, hint hint), particularly if you’re in the market for new equipment. You never know what wonders await you.