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The Devil Made Me Do It

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!!
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  • HOLLYM48
    oh well, happy riding! As long as you are out exercising, the devil and you might as well enjoy it! emoticon
    2048 days ago
    Sounds like happy miles ahead for you! Ride strong~
    2049 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog! This happened to me a couple weeks ago (a week before my 70.3 actually!) and I took it in to my bike shop. Since it was a fairly new bike, they just replaced the shifter with another one that they happened to have in the shop (on another bike).
    Good luck with the new group!
    2052 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Enjoy the new purchase.
    2053 days ago
    Good job on your purchase! There is nothing better than properly working equipment.

    2053 days ago

    There is nothing better than to have drivetrain components that you can trust. The fact that your new group is a fantastic upgrade is giant bonus. I love the feeling of crisp and immediate shifting.

    I hope I am not a bad influence. I just got back from a quick trail ride on my Camber. The Shimano XT group is wonderful.

    You will get good use from the Campagnolo Super Record group.

    Thanks, Bruce

    2053 days ago
    emoticon Happy riding!
    2053 days ago
  • CCHEF1
    Congratulations on the new bike! I also think it was a good spirit that made you do it. You deserve good fitness tools. Have fun!
    2053 days ago
    I know that devil! Right now, he's telling me to buy a Surly Long Haul Trucker!
    2054 days ago
    That wasn't the devil encouraging you to upgrade your bike, that was a good spirit. Congrats on the new purchase!
    2054 days ago
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