These are words you do NOT want to hear after taking your bike in for a tune up. These ARE the words my darling hubs heard when they called him regarding my bike…my road bike. The bike that I’m using to race this year. The bike that was supposed to get ~125 miles on it this weekend. He calls me at work and tells me we have to discuss something. Thankfully, it was the fate of my Carbon Fiber Bianchi and not something worse. Always be thankful, THINGS can be replaced.
After much discussion, we determine that I need to go and test ride bikes on Friday. CRRRRRAAAAAPPP, this is not on my agenda, this is not in my budget, this is not in my plan, I don’t like curveballs, I plan. Now what? Well, it boils down to this – I could use my TT bike for the rest of the season but I’m not in TT bike shape and the thought of doing 3State3Mountain, REV3 or Triple T is daunting. No, the TT bike just won’t work here.
More bad news…
Your bike is out of warranty. They will get you a crash replacement for something something under wholesale but that will take 4-6 weeks to return, for them to approve and blah, blah, blah. OK, I need a new frame. Well, you need a new fork (got one at home that’s not being used, check!), seat post, cable set (that’s what my bike was in for originally, so OK), bottle cages (we’ll throw those in) and my shorts are toast (I’ll get those later and just hope that my cooter bone and stand up to the pressure, literally). Now, about that second job I was looking for…My advice to all carbon fiber bike peeps, start saving for your next bike as soon as you can – or just be sure to wreck it under warranty. You’re going to need it. Don’t start in on me, it’s a fact. Yes, it’s a fact that you shouldn’t wreck either but that’s not a choice that one would make.
I had decided long ago that my next bike was going to be metal – of some kind. My first bike was steel and I loved it, my second bike was carbon, loved it too, it just has a ‘shelf life.’ I don’t want a bike with a shelf life for Pete’s Sake. Yes, I did have a bike wreck a couple of years ago. At the time, my bike got the OK. After years of riding, post wreck, it stressed the bike enough to fail. So, it was down to light weight steel or titanium…which did I pick!?
Here is my Bianchi that I LOVE as my new, bike room, wall art. RIP little guy, I loved my plastic bike. It’s a new day, new time…
This was my second Bianchi, my second road bike.
And yes, I know you can’t get enough of him either.
Bring out the big Guns, here comes Gunnar!
And big poppa Magnus, drool and all. Yeah, when you’re 70, you can do whatever you’d like. Oh, and this is from his good side;)