Bike Shaped Objects

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Broke Back Bike

My bike broke its leg so I had to shoot it.

First my axle broke, so I bought a new one. While trying to install the new axle I found that the inside of the hub was trashed. I looked up on the web and all the sites suggested the worst. It took me three days to get up the courage to measure it, but when I did it showed what I feared. The dropouts, the hooks at the back of the frame that hold the wheel in place, where way out of alignment. The frame on one side had buckled. Being an aluminum frame that’s pretty terminal. I found one place that said they could fix it for only twice what I paid for the whole bike in the first place.

So after some deliberation I’ve decided to re-purpose the eBaby from a racing bike to a commuter. Basically just add a rack, a more comfortable seat and some fatter tires. With my heart the way it is I don’t think I’ll be racing, well, ever, so I have no need for a racing bike.

So the poor Lambo has seen it’s last mile. It’s funny how many people warned me that the bike would fall apart after a couple hundred miles. About that much short of four thousand miles it did finally fail. Not to bad for $225 bike.

It’s weird how sad I feel about this. This bike has taken me many places. I have much more an attachment to it than any previous bike. Probably because I took it more miles than all my other bikes combined.

It will live on in a way. I’m going to strip the frame clean and use the parts on other project bikes. Sort of a cycling organ donor.

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