Good news and bad news.
I got a new bike, but I broke my arm.
Found a killer deal on Craigslist. Well killer I guess depending on who you talk to – but for me, well I’m pretty proud. I don’t have any pictures I’ve personally taken of it yet – I’ll explain why in a moment. All I have are the Craigslist pics. Here you go.
Its a Trek 400. As I understand it, this is the first road bike Trek came out with. And its a beauty. Its actually steel – and strangely it weighs almost the same amount as my aluminum Trek 7.3, or it feels like it – Haven’t put it on a scale yet, just the blind mans test. Here are the specs as detailed in CL.
*Trek 400 56cm 18 speed road bike
*700 quick release wheels, Shimano Deore components
*4130 Chrome Moly Double Butted frame
with a 32 inch stand over height, ready to ride
I’m 5’10″ with comparitively short legs (29 inch inseam). This bike fits pretty good top to bottom. I’ll have to do something to extend the reach a little, but its not bad at all.
So. What happened?
I drove out there after work, met John. Heck of a nice guy. So I get on the bike and take it for a ride but by the time I get there its dark. No biggie, I brought my Cateye light. So I strap the light on and take her for a spin. She feels good! Damn good. The components aren’t great but they’re pretty good and newer Shimano Deore stuff. Good enough. Shifters though need some tuning. I’m not getting good clean shifting. Lotta wiggling to get gears to settle.
Anyhow, I get it to the end of the street and the chain completely locks up. I lost the chain and its locked between the cluster and the dropouts on the back wheel. So I stop, work at it for a few minutes and finally pull the wheel off and get the chain free.
Its dark and it takes me a couple minutes to get the wheel back on.
I bike back towards the house, stop a couple times to do deraileur adjustments. At one point I slow to a near stop and really throw my weight into it to see what kind of pickup I can get off a near stop.
And there goes the back wheel.
I must have not gotten that back wheel on as good as I thought there in the dark, because I torqued it right out of the drops, and that bike dropped me like a sack of rocks. And onto my right arm.
One of the bright points is I wasn’t going fast at all – in fact I was almost at a dead stop and had just thrown all my weight into pushing off for a sprint. So no road rash at all! The bad news is I was throwing every ounce of my body weight and strength into getting a sprint going – I might have been two pumps in when all hell fucking totally broke loose and sent me to earth.
So you know how I screwed up my left arm and spent 6 weeks healing and getting better and whatnot right at the end of summer there? Yeah. Now my right arm is fuggin trashed. I can barely move it without screaming in agony. I sat on the side of the road under a tree in someones lawn with my knees up waiting for the pain to pass with this bike in two pieces in the middle of a dark and deserted street, my lonely cateye headlight shining straight up into the heavens and I’m wondering how I’m going to get this thing back to the house, how long my fuggin arm is going to take to heal this time.
In the end, I bought the bike for just a smidge over $100. Its a good bike and I liked it alot while I was riding it. I bit it because I screwed up when I put the wheel back on in the dark and didn’ t tighten that back wheel enough, but the bike wasn’t damaged. Things like shifter tuning are overcomable. The frame is rad and good sized. Its clean, the paint almost immaculate. Theres no rust and its straight. It felt good to ride and its surprisingly light – and yet made of steel. Which is also something I was interested in, going steel.
So I have admittedly mixed feelings about it all. The drive home was agony, I broke out my wrist brace from two months ago and now have it on my right wrist and am alternating hot and cold compresses and pounding pain killers. But I have a great new road bike I got for a very good price and am excited to ride…
In another fugging six weeks.
Until then, check this out. This is a refurbed Trek 400 – same color scheme and everything. They did a really beautiful job.
Edit: Its later and I just got back from the doc. Cracked my elbow. Out of the game for 6 to 8 weeks.