Sunday, October 07, 2012
So, here I am at the start of my Saturday long ride. I'm riding nicely on my recently purchased bike and thinking about the ride, the day, etc. Suddenly, as I go to shift gears, nothing happens. I try several times and the same result. Apparently, my gear shifter has deserted me. Luckily, I'm not far from home and head back. This has happened several times in the last couple of months and I'm really frustrated. So, I call my LBS and tell him I'm coming in with the bike for some possible repairs. As I drive the 45 minutes to the LBS, I'm thinking that I've put over 50,000 miles into those components and perhaps it's time for a change. When I arrive at the store and after checking the bike, "The Cheese " tells me that my shifter needs a spring replaced. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the spring and has to order it. That's about 3 days of not riding, which for me is unacceptable. One day perhaps, but anything else makes me start shaking, crying, and plain old loosing it. As I ponder, I begin to look at other bikes that he has in the show room and spot one with a Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed group. I'm thinking that the Group would look pretty darned nice on my relatively new bike. However, I'm also thinking that all I really need is a new spring which much cheaper than a new group. Out of nowhere pops the evil Devii who proceeds proceeds to advise me to purchase the group. I tell the devil to go away and leave me alone. But the devil will not let it be and continues to give his advice. I try not to let him influence my decision, but in the end, he wins and I buy the new Group. Four hours later, I return to the LBS, pick up my bike and head home. This morning I will get on my relatively new bike, with a new component group and ride. Let all who read this know that it just wasn't my fault. It's that nasty evil DEVIL who made me do it. HOOAAA!!