mistersnappy

intermittent since 2001

Biker Groove

Due to some strange loophole or legislation I’m just about to embark on the Ride2Work scheme from Evans Cycles. By paying for the bike over a year through my wages I make a saving of about 40% allowing me to get a shiny new bike to ride, the first new bike that’s come my way since 1993! Going even further back, this is the first time I’ve actually paid for a bike since I was about 10!! So here’s the chronology (without the dates!). Aged 10ish, Mum and Dad buy me a red Raleigh Chopper, which I adore. By the time I’m 13 I’m far to grown up for a Chopper and we sell it for more than they paid for it (what a BIG mistake that was!). With the proceeds of the Chopper I buy a red Raleigh Pacer. A rather natty racer which lasted me until I was 19, when I sold it for the same as I paid for it and bought a Raleigh Mustang. Raleigh Mustang stayed with me and covered many miles, coming to college in Birmingham with me, where it got nicked, sans saddle circa 1993. A small but legitimate insurance claim ensued and I bought my current bike, a red Diamondback Outlook for the same amount as the payout. And here we are, 30 odd years since we last paid for a bike!

…anyway, I did my homework and went for a sturdy hybrid they call the ‘Kona Smoke’. Looks the part, steel frame and more gears than you can shake a stick at. I went down to the Evans Rathbone Place store to try the ride for size and it fit well so I put down a deposit to ensure no one beat me to the sale. All seemed fine… until today when I arrange to go and pick up said bike and ride it (mostly) home. Apparently the bike got sent to ‘the warehouse’. What is this ‘the warehouse’ of which you speak, I asked… Sounds like a mythical place where bikes go to die, I thought. To be fair, it took three people to check a store room the size of my lounge (i.e. not very big!) to find a big black bike and they all failed and as it turned out, someone had booked the bike back to ‘the warehouse’ just as I put down my deposit. Unlucky me. To his credit, the manager was very helpful and made my wait of over an hour for a non existent bike worthwhile. I have been told the bike will be delivered to my house next week, which will save me the ride from W1 to Harrow.

And this time… it’s not red!

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mistersnappy • May 20, 2009


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