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Day of mourning

Old 10-04-18, 10:17 PM
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Day of mourning

Rest in peace my bike.

We were a perfect match, you and I. Slow, overweight, and neither of us quite worked right. We braved the heat, we braved the cars, we braved the rain, and we braved the snow. Yuck on those last two, and you got to sit around the house a lot this year because I decided I'm so sweet and sugary that water will make me melt.

Even despite getting lazy we were still together a lot. It was so easy to forget how much fun we had together, but whenever I did drag myself out in the heat far earlier than I would have had to if I caught a ride I re-learned how much fun being on a bike is.

And then there was the week I neglected you. You were left next to a tree at work overnight because it was raining, I didn't work the next day, left sick the third day, and day four you were gone. This one time I chose a tree with the other bikes and not the usual post I didn't loop my cable right and you were actually not locked to the tree. You were found the next week and returned to me but you had been put through h*ll and back. You then got to sit around the house a lot more after that as it took time for me to feel brave enough to lock you outside at the same exact place you were taken from.

And apparently your rear axle was a ticking time bomb after that, and I wasn't waiting for it to break completely while we are on the road braving cars. When I pushed you after transporting you and I felt that tire drag for part of its rotation I knew it was time to say goodbye. I love you, but I'm not paying more for the tools and parts needed to fix you than I paid for you. This is a love affair, not a marriage.

I don't know what will be your fate now. I taped a sign saying you weren't safe to ride in case someone fished you out of the dumpster, but I also said it was your rear axle so maybe they can fix you since they will know where the problem is, and you will be given a second life. But the unknown is how it is when lovers part, never to see each other again.

Goodbye.

P.S. I hope you will forgive me for already peeking at craigslist.
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Old 10-04-18, 11:41 PM
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Might have just needed the wheel bearings re-greased..?
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Old 10-05-18, 01:42 AM
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When's the wake?
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Old 10-05-18, 04:04 AM
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Not to sound callous .... but the ocean is full of fish.

Many of us have gone through this process. It becomes easier but never, I suspect, really easy .... but you did the right thing. Focus on your next partner, not the last one.

And don't be surprised if some enterprising soul fishes the bike out of the dumpster, and a wheel form another discarded bike, and melds the two. You might meet someone riding the other way on your ex.

Handle it gracefully, please.
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Old 10-05-18, 04:42 AM
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What did your rental insurance company say?
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Old 10-05-18, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by rachel120 View Post
I love you, but I'm not paying more for the tools and parts needed to fix you than I paid for you.
Department store bike?
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Old 10-05-18, 07:32 AM
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Enjoyable read, thx.
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Old 10-05-18, 07:53 AM
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Sorry to hear,Rachel. Enjoyed your story awhile back. Then you disappeared. lol
Good luck with your new search!
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Old 10-05-18, 07:56 AM
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Lovely exposition; owning something is not supposed to be the point, but rather what you can do with it or the (hopefully pleasant!) experiences you have with or because of the bike.

Now, you don't want to miss those experiences too long, do you? Go find your next bike ASAP!
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Old 10-05-18, 08:01 AM
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That shows proper respect Rachel. Bikes and babies are made every day but they are not disposable. They go on to become someones significant other.
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Day of mourning
Originally Posted by rachel120 View Post
Rest in peace my bike
Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Not to sound callous .... but the ocean is full of fish.

Many of us have gone through this process. It becomes easier but never, I suspect, really easy .... but you did the right thing. Focus on your next partner, not the last one….

Handle it gracefully, please.
Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
It's just a bike.

They make them every day.
Originally Posted by berner View Post
That shows proper respect Rachel. Bikes and babies are made every day but they are not disposable. They go on to become someones significant other.
I had to say goodbye to my classic Bridgestone RB-1 at the police morgue.
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
…I also own the remains of my beloved, unrideable Bridgestone RB-1 totaled in an accident. The police are asking me what I want them to do with it.
Originally Posted by CenturionIM View Post
That last pic is just sad sad sad.

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Old 10-05-18, 08:41 AM
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That would not buff right out. I'm the son of a cautious and my only criticism of my Dad is he was not cautious enough. I put quit a bit of effort on being present for every instant on the bike but there is no defense when hit from behind.
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Old 10-05-18, 08:56 AM
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This reminds me of my first girlfriend.
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Old 10-05-18, 09:09 AM
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That would not buff right out. I'm the son of a cautious and my only criticism of my Dad is he was not cautious enough.

I put quit a bit of effort on being present for every instant on the bike but there is no defense when hit from behind.
Thanks for your comment, @berner.
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...That road was IMO very safe; a wide, low volume, residential suburban road. I’m a virtual evangelist about wearing a rearview mirror, but I think I escaped anxiety / post-traumatic stress, because the situation seemed so safe that I didn’t look behind, and did not see the car coming straight at me.
BTW, while we’re in a morose mood, just after I posted, I read your recent post to A&S, "Hit the pavement."
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… In her case the pavement on the shoulder suddenly ran out and the wheels dropped into sand, causing a lose of control. She went down in front of a car and died at the scene. She was long time member on our club, active and well liked and missed.

So be very vigilant and then a bit more so. In could all be over in an instant.
Too much for even an emoticon.
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Old 10-05-18, 09:22 AM
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@Jim from Boston Oh wow. I hope you are okay.
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@Jim from Boston Oh wow. I hope you are okay.
Happened in 2012, and I can bike and dance (my hobbies). I do have a fractured sacrum so prolonged sitting (at my job), and walking can be uncomfortable, but my life situation allows me to compensate.

So, don't cry for me Argentina.
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As found in trash.


Resurrection.

An axle really isn't that big of a deal. I would have repaired it and kept on riding. All a bike is, is a collection of small components, that, when put together, can generate a pleasureable and happy experience. If your human partner broke a leg, would you leave her laying beside the road with a note attached? To me, bikes are right up there with most people, as things I could care about. Show the bike some love, and you will get it back. People do. Some products are use and discard, bikes not so much. This frame was something abused, discarded, and tossed in the trash. With a little love, and yeah, $$$, it grew back into a '73 Raleigh Super Course, one of my favorite bikes. Hopefully someone can resurrect your old ride. Happy trails, whatever and wherever you ride.

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Old 10-05-18, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
When's the wake?
Darn, didn't think of that. Guess I'll have to go buy beer today and order pizza and throw a party.

Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Department store bike?
Yep. Including sales tax I paid $90.

Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
What did your rental insurance company say?
That my deductible is $500. The replacement costs for the bike and everything I was carrying was roughly $200.

Originally Posted by General Geoff View Post
Might have just needed the wheel bearings re-greased..?
I'm pretty sure it was going to be either regreasing or replacing the ball bearings. But when looking up how to do it the YouTube video said there was a special tool needed to actually take the axle apart. The bike had a lot of other problems; the shifter for the rear cassette wouldn't put the chain on the smallest cog, the bolt for the rear brake cable wouldn't loosen so I couldn't adjust the tension, despite the bike staying inside when I was at home and me cleaning the chain regularly rust was appearing everywhere including the chain, cogset and the threading between nuts and bolts, the handlebars kept loosening. I'm sure there's more that I can't think of at the moment.

Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
And don't be surprised if some enterprising soul fishes the bike out of the dumpster, and a wheel form another discarded bike, and melds the two. You might meet someone riding the other way on your ex.

Handle it gracefully, please.
More power to them. I figured replacing the wheel would also be a ridiculous cost when looking at all the other problems the bike has. The bike was also in good enough shape that had I lied I could have donated it to the thrift store (they don't repair bikes so it has to be in good condition), so even if they had the right size bike right now I couldn't be sure that donor was truthful when they said there were no problems. I felt the tire problem while pushing it only because I know the bike so well, and honestly it didn't feel right ever since the theft so I'm pretty certain that's when the damage happened, either when the thief crashed it twice or when it was lying wherever for a week.
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An axle really isn't that big of a deal. I would have repaired it and kept on riding. All a bike is, is a collection of small components, that, when put together, can generate a pleasureable and happy experience. If your human partner broke a leg, would you leave her laying besides the road with a note attached? To me, bikes are right up there with most people, as things I could care about. Show the bike some love, and you will get it back. People do. Some products are use and discard, bikes not so much.
We cross posted. Had the bike been in excellent condition otherwise I'd have just either get the special tool or buy a new wheel. But it had all that other stuff going on, so the cost wasn't justifiable.
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Old 10-05-18, 12:17 PM
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Awaiting pics of the new one.
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This reminds me of my first girlfriend.
You left her in the dumpster with a sign that she wasn't safe for anyone else?

You cad . . .
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Old 10-05-18, 12:53 PM
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Attachment leads to suffering.
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I remember reading your story this summer. I'm glad to hear the bike was recovered... albeit a bit worn.

If the frame is straight, then there is very little on a bike that can't be fixed. Unfortunately we are in a strange upside-down economy where it is often more expensive to replace than repair, especially if you have to hire the work out.
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The frame was straight, but the frame had also started rusting. From what I've read on here, rust on a frame is usually a sign that it's time to replace the bike.
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It is Always time to get another bike.

Like @seedsbelize, I await news of the new addition to the family.
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