I no longer have a bike to ride for Ironman Florida

In an interesting twist of fate, my local bike shop told me today that there is a crack in the frame of my trusty Cervelo P2C…no longer safe to ride

…that would probably mean that it’s not been safe to ride for at least a little while 🙂

The cracking is appearing on the red and white top tube part of the frame in the picture, in front of, and to the side of where the black seat post goes into the frame…

It’s not like I don’t keep my bike serviced…I have it overhauled regularly….the last time was only 4 months ago before the Vancouver Half Iron in July of this year…taken apart…put back together…no report of cracking at that point…same bike shop

…yet here it is…in the stuff happens category…of course the great news is that it was discovered at a bike shop while in the stand, and not on one of those 40-50MPH downhills over the past 2 hilly 6-7.5 hour weekend rides…’discovering’ a cracked frame at that point as it disintegrated into tiny pieces of carbon would have _really_ hurt

…and in further good news I did take it to the bike shop to be overhauled again, before Ironman Florida…just to make sure that everything was ok…should have been routine…wasn’t…would have been a long day at Ironman with either a broken bike or body

…I wonder if you need to have your bike with you at the end of the bike portion?…I should check that out…maybe just a piece of it would be ok if it broke down in the last few miles 🙂

…so there it is…I no longer have a bike, with less than 2 weeks to go

Now the good news is that Cervelo does warranty the frame to the original owner for life…so I _should_ be getting a new frame

…the only testy part is that the timing is a bit tight, since I was planning to leave for Florida this Saturday to be nice and relaxed for the race…now it’s a matter of getting the warranty processed, a new frame delivered, the bike built, my carefully crafted fit ‘re-fit’…and then riding it to get it ‘broken-in’, typically cables and shifting adjusted after 100-200 miles of riding…I may need a backup plan…

If Lance Armstrong is right when he wrote “It’s Not About the Bike”, I did see that Wal-Mart has a nice looking Cranbrook Cruiser for only $89.97

…unbelievable price, considering that the new tires that I needed on my now defunct Cervelo are $65.00 each

…if the Cranbrook lasted 112 miles, and I gave it away, it would be less expensive than the overhaul was going to cost on the Cervelo…

…I guess we’re about to see how good Cervelo and the local bike shop customer service really is…stay tuned 🙂


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19 Responses to I no longer have a bike to ride for Ironman Florida

  1. Daughter says:

    You have to be kidding!!! What’s that all about? Did you run over an old lady in a former life? yikes. Well Dad – I know you’ll figure it out; but after the last post it sounds like this is the last thing you need. But with your fitness I’m certain any bike will do – even the Walmart special 🙂 Keep me updated!

    • Dad says:

      One never does know where the twists and turns of life are going to take you 🙂
      …glad to be getting some bad luck out of the way early
      …hopefully by race day our dear friend ‘Fortuna’ will allow a big swing into the ‘good luck’ category

      • Daughter says:

        I tweeted Cervelo about it so hopefully they come through!!! It was all starting to sound too predictable anyways – what’s the fun of Ironman without a few speedbumps?!

        • Casey says:

          That was going to be my suggestion. Reach out to them over some social networking contacts. http://www.facebook.com/cervelo

          • Peter says:

            Just a recommendation: social media is rarely handled by the warranty department. It’s typically fastest to phone the warranty department and most companies are not wild about handling warranty issues on FB or Twitter.

            • Dad says:

              Thanks for the input Peter…’Service’ John at the local Cervelo Dealer, Cool Breeze Cyclery, was going to get on the phone with them today to see what that the expedited options were…so I’ll see what they have to report back and go from there…

          • Dad says:

            Casey, as it turns out Peter is one of the folks that handles social media for Cervelo, and responded to the ‘tweet’, and forwarded my contact info and commentary to the warranty department
            …very impressive actually

            In these days where jobs are going overseas, and the world is in turmoil, you just can’t replace old fashioned customer service

            First day, so still too early to say where things are going to shake out…but it will make an interesting story 🙂

        • Daughter says:

          Here’s what Cervelo said on Twitter:

          Cervélo @lisa_kwi – Sorry to hear this – must’ve been putting out too much power! We’ll do our best to take care of you.

  2. Daughter says:

    p.s. This is where our helper monkeys can come in – we’ll get Dave to ride your new bike set-up for a few hundred kilometers before race day to work it in 🙂

  3. Anne Boone says:

    Oh, wow! I’m going to stop worrying about my little insecurities.
    Surely Cervelo will come through. They’d better.

    Tim put a new chain on my bike last week and when I rode yesterday it was “skipping” whenever I stood up and pumped. . So I’m driving to M Beach (where he lives) tomorrow so that he can set up my race wheels and I can try the chain again. I’m scared to drive up in my Miata with the bike on the back. I’ve been rear-ended 3 times in the last 6 weeks. I can just see some idiot plowing into my beautiful bike. So I’m putting the bike in the back seat of my farm truck and driving up in that. The gods of chance sometimes have a sick sense of humor.

    I’m lucky that Tim is my mechanic. My local shop once put my brake pads on backwards and then put a new cleat on my shoe that was crooked and caused my shoe to scrape the crank at every stroke. You’re lucky to have a shop you can trust.

    Your cracked frame is incredibly bad luck, but thank goodness you discovered it now. Please let everybody know the minute you get your new frame so that we can all relax a little.

    • Dad says:

      Anne, those series of crashes that you’ve had are unbelievable…must be hard to come to a traffic light without bracing into your seat
      …let’s just hope that getting this bad luck out of the way is a way to clear the air for great luck on race day 🙂
      …I do have my road bike, but I haven’t ridden that more than an hour for months…and setup in a road, not tri position…but a bike nonetheless…so working on the backup plans again today, and will drive over to the shop this morning to see what the early indications are from Cervelo…and the bike shop
      …I’m hoping/expecting that between them they’ll come up with a ride for me
      InsideOut sports has a Guru Trilight that they’ll rent me, but it’s a size 55 frame, and I’m on a 54, and the geometry is different, so I’d be missing my carefully tuned fit…and that not only for ride comfort, but how it sets up my legs for the run…
      …pursuing a few other options, so will be interesting to see what happens…so much for a more relaxed week…of course, compared to the problems in the world, rather a high-class problem to have 🙂

  4. Elsie Kwiatkowski says:

    I was so sorry to read about your recent problem,Steve.You have us all worried.Hopefully,the bike shop will come to your rescue,realizing the importance of time,and responsibility.

    • Dad says:

      Casey, as it turns out I did give them a call…at this point they only had a Guru Trilite one size bigger than my frame, so although doable in an pinch, I probably would have defaulted to my road bike

      …actually it’s a great deal…something like $150…you pick up the bike down there on Thursday, bring your measurements, and they fit the bike, you race it, and drop it back off to them on-site…done…a great deal if you’re familiar/fitted for a specific frame

      …luckily, it appears that Cervelo and the bike shop will have me on a new bike by tomorrow…unbelievable service…so looks very promising at this point 🙂

  5. Elsie Kwiatkowski says:

    Steve,I am so happy for you that Cervelo has come to your rescue,so promptly.Good luck,and enjoy a safe journey.

    • Dad says:

      Mom, as it turns out Cervelo is a Canadian company…so there’s one for the Canucks 🙂

      • Daughter says:

        Speaking of the ‘Canucks’ – guess who has last minute tickets to the game tonight?! Who needs to pack for Ironman when you have hockey tickets?!

        • Dad says:

          Yeah, your bike is on the way to Florida…your airline ticket is paid for…you have a place to stay…take your running shoes, bike shoes, heart rate monitor, wetsuit and goggles…you can buy whatever else you need when you get down there 🙂

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