I am currently bikeless.
This, for many avid cyclists is basically your worst nightmare. That both bikes should end up in the shop at the same time- and for weeks.
First my shifter on my Jamis Satellite road bike went. I didn’t think this would be that big of a deal. Last time I broke a shifter on my mountain bike (after years and years of use) it ended up being around $85 for the fix. Well, it turns out that road bike shifters are, ahem, seriously more expensive. When the bike shop was dropping prices like $275 on me I dropped my jaw.
$275? Ouch. That was basically half of what the bike cost me and I had only bought it in July. Luckily, I’ve found my newest favorite bike shop and they’re working with Shimano to get me one new shifter under warranty.
Fast forward to now. It’s about three or four weeks later and I am still eagerly awaiting the return of my road bike. Turns out Shimano is either the slowest moving company in the world or they really have no stock right now. I am leaning on the side of niceness and think that they just plain old don’t have inventory.
Being without my speedy little road bike wasn’t too much of a worry at first since I still had my trusty Jamis Dakota Sport mountain bike. Right. Except the part where I am five miles into a fifteen mile ride and discover I have no rear brakes. I carefully make my way back to my car and shoot over to the bike shop.
“No problem,” they tell me. “We’ll bleed your brakes and replace the disc pads and you’ll be like new. What’s that horrible squeaking sound?"
“Oh,” I say. “It’s been like that ever since I bought it. The shop I brought it from first told me to ride it more and it would just stop making that sound. Then they told me that some people’s brakes will just make that sound.”
Fast forward to now, two weeks later where I am still without my mountain bike because it turns out that Shimano had a recall on those brakes. Turns out something with the caliper allows the mineral oil to leak out, thus the no brakes thing, thus the squeaky noise from the get-go thing.
So I am currently bikeless, during possibly the best biking season of the year. I go about my day feeling like I’ve forgotten something really important all the time. You know that feeling when you leave some place and you feel like you forgot something important like your purse, or like your kid? That’s basically how I am feeling right now being bikeless.
I do have one solution to this problem though- I need more bikes!