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Monday, May 22, 2006

Hakaras Hatov to a Bicycle

OOS just called me from the road. The chain on his 1989 Schwinn Circuit (that I gave him two years ago when I bought my Trek 1500) just snapped. He is 45 minutes from home. He is, as we say, hosed.

Rather than berating the bicycle for breaking down at this most inopportune time, let me raise a glass of Powerade in a toast to this great machine. OOS and, mainly, I, have ridden this bike for thousands of miles and countless races and tours over 17 years. Until today, other than a few flat tires, nothing has gone wrong with this bike. Nothing.

It has its original gearing and (until today) its original chain. Its original seat and brakes (the brake pads, have, of course, been replaced from time to time).

May it continue to rock and roll.


  • At 2:13 PM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said…

    the bike is dead, long live the bike!

  • At 2:19 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    No, Steg, the chain is dead, long live the chain.

  • At 5:44 PM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said…

    bike = body
    chain = soul

  • At 11:04 PM, Blogger Uberimma said…

    Did you go rescue him before or after you posted?

  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    No. He was on his own. I was at work and he was home, between semesters trying to get in a good workout. Well, he got it; walking his bike home 45 minutes.

  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Uberimma said…

    Oh, you meant 45 minutes by foot. I thought you meant 45 minutes away by bike. That would be a pretty serious hike home...

  • At 3:00 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    One chain for 17 years?!?! Do you change the oil in your car? This is nothing less than Bike Abuse! Remove the Schwinn from this person and hand it over to a more caring, loving owner right now!!!

  • At 3:54 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    What's the problem? I have taken exemplary care of this wonderful bike.

    Now, new chain and the bike is like new.


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