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What’s Old Is New Again

July 4th, 2010 [print] Go to comments

This April, I took a trip to Manhattan to visit my older sister and brother-in-law, and since I’ve never been to NYC before, I shipped my road bike there ahead of me (suck it, airlines).  I pretty much had the best time of my life on a bike, partly because it was all new to me, and partly because Manhattan is such a great place to ride fast.

Darren bikes, too, so he mapped out a few long rides for us, one from Manhattan’s Upper-West side down to Coney Island in the bottom of Brooklyn.  On another trip, we headed over the George Washington bridge to New Jersey, then went South to Liberty Park so I could get my first close-up look at the Statue of Liberty.  On what was to be our final ride before I packed my bike and headed home, we once again went south, this time crossing the Williamsburg Bridge into Queens… at rush hour.  That rush hour part is actually what became the issue.

Just over the bridge and down the road a ways, Darren made a left turn and got hit by a car, while I stood by and watched it happen.  Long story short, he was fine (broken wrist, light concussion, destroyed Shakespeare’s Pizza t-shirt), but his Gary Fisher Artemis wasn’t.  We were never sure what happened to his water bottle, either, come to think of it.  The damage to the bike consisted of a broken seat tube, bent seat rail, and other smaller issues.

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With the Fisher dead, he decided there was only one thing to do:  buy a new bike!  Fortunately, that’s not something that’s hard to talk oneself into.

Three months of healing later, a new bike has been put together, and he’s back riding again.  The bike?  A Windsor Timeline singlespeed road bike.

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I suggested the EighthInch bullhorns and CaneCreek 200TT levers, but I think the rest is mostly stock.  He called today to say the 46×16 drivetrain was a bit weak (I agree, as I did fine on a 48×16 set-up all through NYC), and he may upgrade to a larger chainring.  Other than that, he seems like a pretty happy owner of a simple SS road bike, and is glad to finally be riding again.  Let’s just hope he learns to look both ways before crossing a busy street.

As for me, I never want to watch anyone get hit by a fast-moving car ever again.  Well, maybe there are a couple people I wouldn’t mind seeing get run over, but it’s a short list.  I also want to get back to NYC before too long and finish up that ride through Queens…

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