Well this is a slight bump in my preparations: My bike was stolen from the underground car park some night this week. I was on a business trip in London from Monday to Wednesday so it could have been anytime from Sunday until Thursday morning.
For anyone in Dublin: It was a Specialized Hardrock, 2004 model with a rigid front fork. Has a rear rack, flat narrow handlebar with short bull horns. The Deore Groupset, rear rack and flat handlebar are not standard on this bike, so it’s a unique bike in that sense.
There are a few positives to take from this as it could be worse:
The Brooks saddle, kindly donated by Paddy Burke, wasn’t attached as I’d loaned the bike for a few days and swapped back the old saddle. Phew.
I hadn’t put any new parts on it as I was waiting to do that in December. They would’ve included:
- Full Groupset (€250)
- Front Rack (€100)
- Stronger Wheels & Tyres (€250)
- Touring Handlebar – no idea, but guessing €50 at least
So all things considered, it could have been much worse. Looking at a Dawes Karakum it looks to fit the bill with a similar spec to the old bike, is only €850 and is ready to go out of the box with a good review on Bike Radar. Then I’d just need pedals and a speedo.
I guess the only problem is now I’ve nothing to train on as my road bike has no wheels (they’re being replaced due to a manufacturing fault), but it’s not a big deal as I’m focused on the quiz for the next two weeks.
All in all, I’m positive – I loved that bike. It was strong and reliable and took me everywhere: College, work, around Ireland and France. I’d definitely buy another – maybe when I’m back from Beijing.
Onwards and upwards, looking forward to the quiz 🙂