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I just shouldn’t have bought it. It was slightly too large for me, it was a lot heavier than I expected, and as a daily commuter it just didn’t make the first iota of sense. It was a Moser 51.151, a bike released as tribute to Francesco Moser’s hour-record (he set a new mark of 51.151 kms), and I had no business owning it. At the time I had a fever for Italian steel road bikes, which made more sense then, than it does now.
In my (only partial) defense, my commute was about 10 miles. I was fit enough then to time-trial it most days, traffic lights notwithstanding. That the bike was 20 years or so out of date, with downtube shifters and cable housing blooming up over the bars, a seven-speed drivetrain and a quill stem are non-mitigating factors.
That bike was really an expression of my unquenchable love for bicycles and for the lore of cycling. Riding it felt like a tribute, an ode, and it didn’t matter that the cover was mostly worn off the saddle. In fact, that helped. And it didn’t matter that it was demonstrably too big for me. I was younger and more physically adaptable then. I suffered for my love.
Is there any other way?
I suspect that each of you have one of these purchases in your past, an almost literal skeleton in your closet (or garage). That eBay will facilitate whimsical exercise of your purchasing power seems exploitative. For myself, I have made the (breakable) rule that I will not buy any bike I have not ridden to guard against a mistake like this in future, but love will make you do crazy things, and love will break your heart.
This week’s TCI Friday wonders if you’ve done something similar. What did you buy and how did it turn out? Have you learned these lessons already or are you still bumbling forward, vulnerable to Cupid’s bike-shaped arrow?
For the record, I have never regretted a thing I’ve purchased from Shimano, our lead site sponsor.