It was only a flesh wound

There isn’t a picture. I didn’t think to take one. It never occured to me that this would be the end. You can imagine my surprise when I got the call.

“Mike?”

“Yeah.”

“I’m calling from REI about your Novara.”

“Yeah.”

“Novara is not authorizing the repair.”

The end result is (going to be) a new bike. Which is good for me, right? I was going to need a new crankset and a new cassette pretty soon anyway. And now I don’t need to install that cable and housing I have in the garage. And, I’m going to have a brand new bike.

But, Eva is gone. That cable stop snapped off clean. The frame was undamaged. Even the mechanics at REI thought it would be a simple repair, a couple of new rivets and I could be on my way. Instead, it was a flesh wound that festered and killed my bike. Now she’s off to some junk yard (or some clever REI mechanic is making her into a carbon singles speed – that’s what I’d do).

Earlier tonight I drove over to REI to finalize the return and order my new bike. Standing at the counter waiting for the mechanics to sort out my return I caught a glimpse of my bike through the open doors. They rolled it by, took of the pedals and that was it. She was gone.

We cyclists often talk about our bikes like they’re people. The bikes we ride get names and genders and have personalities. We feel guilty when they’re neglected and baby them whenever we can. It’s a special relationship. It’s probably not healthy but it’s the way we are.

I didn’t even get to say goodbye.

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  1. #1 by Sera on May 22, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Sad times. They are giving you a refund though, right? I would definitely cry if I broke my bike beyond repair. It has seen so much tarmac with me. It’s been to California and Back. And France. Originally purchased in New Zealand before I got it, resprayed and rebuilt it. Truly one of a kind and irreplaceable.

    RIP, Mike’s bike.

  2. #2 by Blake on May 23, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    Sorry about the bike. At least you got to see it off in person. My last glimpse of my recently stolen road bike was the pic in a craigslist add.

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