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Old 09-19-11, 02:13 PM   #1
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Is my bike holding a grudge against me?

I recently bought back my first road bike. I sold it to a friend many years ago while in college. It's a 1989 Cannondale SR400. Loved the bike. I couldn't justify having 2 bikes in my small space at the time so I kept my MTB and sold the road bike.

I saw it hanging in the friends garage, covered in dust with rotten tires, but in pretty much the same good shape I sold it to him 19 years ago. I was very excited to have it back, but I think it's holding a grudge and causing me physical pain.

I cleaned the chain and deraileurs, repacked the hubs, bought a new set of tires, and went out for test ride. Well the chain dropped on a climb, toe clip strap bound shoe, I fell, sprained wrist. Ouch.

Let a week go by (wrist hurt too much to ride). Was truing up the front wheel and caught my finger between the fork and a spoke. Nearly ripped the finger nail off. Tremendous pain.

So, what do I have to do to make up for letting this bike sit in a garage covered in dirt and grime, unridden for years??? I can't take the pain any more!! I thought she would be happy I took her back!
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Old 09-19-11, 02:44 PM   #2
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I recently bought back my first road bike. I sold it to a friend many years ago while in college. It's a 1989 Cannondale SR400. Loved the bike. I couldn't justify having 2 bikes in my small space at the time so I kept my MTB and sold the road bike.

I saw it hanging in the friends garage, covered in dust with rotten tires, but in pretty much the same good shape I sold it to him 19 years ago. I was very excited to have it back, but I think it's holding a grudge and causing me physical pain.

I cleaned the chain and deraileurs, repacked the hubs, bought a new set of tires, and went out for test ride. Well the chain dropped on a climb, toe clip strap bound shoe, I fell, sprained wrist. Ouch.
Saw the two things in bold, thought to myself "19 years? Nah that can't be right, he got the math wro- oh... damnit."
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Old 09-19-11, 03:35 PM   #3
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Have you tried a sincere apology, and perhaps some groveling? I gave my 1986 Lotus (which I built up myself) to a friend two years ago, right before I got back into cycling. I see it every time I am at his place, and I apologize every time. I don't think she would take me back at this point.
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serves you right.... you sold it 19 years ago to leave it to hang some some dudes garage and rot away. you better apologize, have a "come to jesus" moment or armour up.
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Set it on a work stand, spin the rear wheel as fast as you can by hand in high gear, then stick your "Huh-humm" into the spokes, that ought to do it!
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I knew Cannondales were hard and unforgiving, but this is taking it to a whole new level. I've apologized many times. Maybe I'll try some new grip tape.
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i like mr b's idea. takes sacrafices.
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i like mr b's idea. takes sacrafices.
Zactly, you don't see many pics or vids of my Cannondale. It's stays at home in the air conditioning while my poor Lemond goes out and gets the snot beat out of it.

My Cannondale only comes out to play on special occasions.
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I had a similar relationship with my mom's cat. We lived together for years quite happily and cuddly, but since The Beast was my mom's I had to leave her behind when I moved away after university. Several years later, my mom asked me to babysit The Beast and her other cat Psycho Freddy (see my pic on the left). Psycho and I got on like a couple of pyromaniacs discussing flames and fuel but The Beast ignored me and even ripped some of my skin when I tried to snuggle her.

I understood. I left her in my mom's loving care but The Beast felt betrayed. I was in the wrong and had to fix our love. So, I bought some organic catnip for her (primo stuff, I ordered from a south western Ontario grower) and once she mellowed out, we ate olives together (the stuffed with pimento kind -- she got the olive and I got the pimento), then we snuggled together on the couch while watching "Strangers With Candy". Relationship troubles solved and we were friends until she went to "the drawer with the expensive sweaters in the sky". Good times.

Anyway, you should offer your Cannondale some sweet, sweet love in the way of fresh lube, soft caresses before taking her out on the roads, and maybe some new handlebar tape to show her you think she is beautiful. She'll love you for it!
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And under no circumstances make direct eye contact until she initiates. Far too aggressive....
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