Sunday, July 08, 2012
Farewell to My Cannondale H400
On Friday morning, I got up before 5AM, put on my bike riding clothes and headed out to the garage to jump on my Cannondale for an hour-long spin. My heart sank, because the garage door was open and the Cannondale was GONE! Gawd!
Well, it is possible that I left the garage door open, I suppose. I am pretty careful about such things, and when I went out to walk the dog late Thursday night, I went past the garage and didn't notice that it was open. It is also possible that a clever thief with one of those adjustable garage door openers cruised by and popped the garage door by cracking the code with his nefarious device (I have heard that this is a tool used by professional thieves). And it is also possible that one of my garage door openers that has gone missing ended up in the hands of someone that knew which garage it could open. I will re-secure the garage, of course.
I registered the bike four years ago, so I turned the registration info and the serial number over to the police officer that came by to take the report. It is unlikely that I will get the bike back if it was a crime of opportunity inspired by an open garage door. So I went to Bucephalus Bikes in Evanston and bought a replacement single-speed custom refurbished machine for a price equal to about 50% of what an equivalent new bike would cost. I am going to ride this for a while to see if my good old Cannondale shows up. By the way, Bucephalus Bikes and its owner, Alejandro Anon', are truly wonderful. Alex is a trained architect who has decided leave his profession to pursue his passion for repairing and rebuilding bicycles. He really knows bikes, that's for sure.
Material possessions really don't matter, I know. But I was fond of the H400. It carried me many, many miles. When I was having a hard time, it helped me forget my problems for a while. It was a great source of transportation, perspiration and inspiration. I owned it for almost 10 years. It was my first "real" bike.
I would love to get the bike back, and I would love to see the thief charged, tried and convicted of his or her crime. I would also like to be eight inches taller and 20 years younger. The likelihood of these events occurring are about the same.