I loaned a bike to a friend today who's considering buying a folder. Not any bike, the Dahon Helios XX Anniversary Edition, 17 lb ultralight, special-everything bike (that I got in December from another BF poster, Clownbike). Somehow, in the process, the chain drops and something happened that caused the rear axle on the super light, super expensive, especially made for Dahon, Rolf Accel wheel to bend. I wasn't there at the time, and didn't see exactly what transpired.
I am freakin' disoncolate at this loss. I don't blame my friend, he was only riding the bike as intended. But, why, oh why, don't these things happen to my crappy bike with cheap wheels? Just to this one-of-a-kind, hard to replace, mortgage your house, wheels? #@$%$$#!!!
I don't know what I'm going to do. I can't just buy another hub or another wheel without destroying the value and specialness of the bike. It's an anniversary edition and everything on the wheel was specially designed or patented or some such thing. I don't even know if I can replace them.
I don't know what I will do. I guess I shouldn't decide for another couple of days, or else I'll do something stupid.