Earlier this week, James biked to work and texted me a bit later to say his bike felt weird on his way in, so he took it to the PSU Bike Hub to give it a check-up while he was at his office. I didn’t think too much of it, since lots of things potentially feel weird on bikes all the time if you pay attention. But then later he called me to say that actually, his bike is toast.
(when James first got this bike in 2008 (!!!) Such babies back then, both of them <3 )
It turns out that the bottom of his frame is totally (and rather catastrophically) cracked. (Ha, when he first told me his frame was cracked, I was like “but it’s steel, can’t we just weld it back together??” but apparently that’s not really a thing for this. Unless it is and the bike shop dude just didn’t want to try;)
It’s kind of hard to take a picture that shows what’s up, but we tried this:
So sad! James has had this bike for almost 15 years now; it’s his everything bike and the bike that took him across the country last summer. On the whole it’s had a good run, but my sentimental little heart is very sad about it!
(James and his bike at the old Eagle Theater in Old Sac, one time in 2012 when we took our bikes to Sacramento:)
(and unexpectedly snow-biking to Stub Stewart State Park, 2016. I’d forgotten these different incarnations of handlebar tape:)
Even more sad is that since Seven Corners Cycles doesn’t exist anymore, I have no idea where to start with trying to procure another bicycle (or maybe just another frame?) (who do I ask my bike questions if not Corey and Gretchen??) Do any of you have trusted bike shops, preferably not too far away from SE Portland? Or any thoughts about the best way to proceed?
1. James just spent a bunch of time/money before our cross-country trip to wire his bike up with a sweet dyno hub. This doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but it’d be maybe nice to still be able to use that on a new bike, though disc brakes would also be sweet and I don’t think those will work with that hub.
2. James is tall, so no mini-bikes, heh.
3. I think James is into something new, not something repurposed, though I’m not entirely sure about that.
4. Really, it’d be nice to just have a trusted bike shop that I know and love the way I did Seven Corners, so if nothing else, if you have any bike shop recommendations — preferably a shop that is owned by real people who are in their real shop and will remember your name and do right by you (is that too much to ask these days?), I’m kind of in the market for a new bike shop to love. I have tried Joe Bikes and it’s not my favorite, but that’s about it.
Soooo, sad day for James’ bike:( But maybe the beginning of the beginning of a grand new bike chapter?