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May 21, 2005 - 18:05


Six Months on the Trek

Today marks the six month anniversary since I bought my Trek 520. Unfortunately, the Bontrager Maverick rim on the back is starting to split. Cracks along the rim have been forming on either side of the spoke holes. Yesterday, on the way home from work, the guys at Bicycle Outfitter recommended that I take the bike home and park it until a new rim comes in. Hopefully, it will get here soon.

In these six months, I have ridden 3,904.50 miles. I’m closing in on 3,000 since January 1, which I was hoping to finish by June 1. But, we’ll have to see how quickly Trek moves on my new rim. Since it’s breaking within a year of buying the bike, it’s under warranty. I just need continue nagging my friends at the shop to maybe get Trek to expedite my shipment a little bit.

So, it looks like my Saturday ride, which I had scheduled for 65 or 70 miles isn’t going to happen. I’ve been a little lax in the long ride department and I was looking forward to adding more time in saddle. I guess that’s going to have to wait for the new rim. I could attempt it, but when that rim fails the spokes will likely buckle and dump me on the ground. The way my luck goes, I’d be careening down Edgewood Road, trying for fifty miles an hour, when that happened.

Ah, well. Equipment failures are bound to happen. But, other than that, I’ve loved every moment on that beautiful Trek steed—except, to be honest, those moments when I was hammering against a 30 mph headwind. Let’s see what the next six months brings!

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