As most of you know, I found myself in the market for a new bike this weekend. It was not my intent to get a bike right away, but my wife encouraged me to have a look-see at the local bicycle shop, which I did late on Sunday. So it was that I found myself in a bike store slightly more than 24 hours after ruining the Trek.
Upon my arrival, I quickly discovered there was a President’s Day sale underway. The official federal name for the holiday remains Washington’s Birthday, but modern convention is to call it Presidents Day. I’m not entirely sure why but I believe it was somehow more beneficial for marketing by businesses, which makes sense to me given the activities associated with the holiday. Very little happens on this day, other than state and federal employees taking the day off work and retail stores holding sales. Such was the case at Revolution Cycles.
The shop was offering deals on their “old” 2011 bikes in order to clear space for their 2012 line. I told the manager my story and pointed out that I was in no condition to test ride a bike. I asked if he could hold the price for me for a week or so, when I would have recovered sufficiently for a ride. Failing that, I wondered if he would honor a return on a bike I bought this weekend if I found that it wasn’t to my satisfaction in a week or so. While the manager expressed great sympathy and interest in my accident, he was not in a position to extend the sales price, nor could he accept a return. All sales on the discounted bikes would be final.
Thus, George Washington was forcing my hand from beyond the grave. There were good deals to be had, but only for another 30 hours.
So I looked around. I was not interested in doing anything extravagant. I figured a major upgrade should be a reward for progressing to another level of cycling, not a side-benefit of a mistake. Also, that same mistake had reminded me that any major investment in a bicycle should be tempered by the fact that a bicycle can be taken from you in the blink of an eye. I therefore focused on two options:
1. A 2012 Trek 2.1. Exact same bike, except the paint job is different from the version I own.
2. A 2011 Trek Madone 3.1. Just like the 2.1, except it has a carbon frame. As a model from the previous year, it’s price was reduced $350.
The sale price on the Madone was about $150 more than the asking price of the 2.1. That was close enough. I went with the Madone and have thus entered the world of carbon frame cycling. Here it is:
The Madone has the same geometry as the Trek (ie, the frame is built with the same angles), which solved a major problem for me – fitting the bike. A fitting would normally have come with the purchase of the new bike, but my injuries were such that I would not have been able to pedal in my natural position. Since the Madone’s geometry is identical to the 2.1, the “fitting” would simply be accurately measuring the set up of my 2.1 and applying that to the Madone.
On Monday, I brought my ruined 2.1 into the shop, whereupon it received the requisite amount of “oohs and ahs” from the folks there. We then set about cannibalizing the handful of working pieces off the old machine, including:
– the pedals
– two water bottle cages
– Conti 4 Seasons tires
– GPS mount
– headlight mount
– saddle bag
I am glad I could move a few parts to the Madone. They shall ride in memory of their first machine and shall serve as a reminder to me of the importance of ride safety. The rear derailleur and the brakes are still in working order, which I will later salvage for some unforeseen event.
So the Madone now sits in my garage, occupying the space formerly taken by the 2.1. It is a bitter-sweet feeling to look upon it. I’m hopeful to be mended enough to take it on a test ride this weekend, after which I shall regale you with the bliss that is riding on carbon.