Friday, August 22, 2008

Mrs. goes/ Steed comes

The Mrs. left today to return to MSP to start school. It started as a sad day, but then:
I got my steed back! I brought my MTB to the LBS on 6/ 19 to solve a chain suck and shifting problem only to find out the frame was cracked.
2 months later, Gary Fisher has finally replaced my bike which was under warranty. It looks pretty good no?
The bike is leaning in some raspberry bushes. They tasted really good!
I had to upgrade to disc brakes (BB7) and new front (XT) and rear (LX) derailleurs to make this frame work with all of my old parts. The new rear shock is really cool!
I was able to get GF to pay for about 1/2 the labor (initially it was all on me!) and a new good friend nicknamed Slowpoke on gave me the wheels (so as to fit the disc rotors) so I was only out $200 to basically upgrade my bike by A LOT!
I did loose a lot of time on the bike. It wore on me a lot this summer not being able to ride the dirt. I think if there is a next time I'll buy a used bike and sell it when I get my steed back.
I'm not sure when I'll be able to get in a big ride but I'm chomping at the bit right now. I just went for about 40' tonight to make sure all was well. It is.


Lunatic Biker said...

Enjoy your new home and may the school year fly by.

rigtenzin said...

Does it ride better than the old one?

red rabbit said...

It is really smooth after riding my rigid commuter on some dirt paths over the past couple months (I was flying down the hills at Kincaid last night).

It feels shorter than the old GF but that might be from my body getting used to my 23" framed commuter.

Mrs. said...

i'm glad my absence was so easily forgotten;) you may have your awesome bike to cuddle up with, but I have a smelly cat- jealous?