If you follow my blog much, you probably know that last week, my car was stolen. With my bike inside. It’s been a rough week as I’ve figured out my car situation, but I’ve finally purchased and registered a car. It’s unfortunate because car shopping (and bike shopping) should be a really fun and exciting experience. However, every time I look at my car, my heart drops a little as I remember my poor little Honda Accord. Turns out, rebound relationships are hard.
Now it’s time to switch my focus to replacing my bike. I find myself facing the same dilemma. When I start thinking about a new bike, I remember my wonderful Cannondale CAAD10, and any excitement I am feeling about finding a new bike is dampened considerably.
But on Tuesday, I had a moment. Rob found a great deal on a carbon aero road bike frame through a friend of his. I was excited on a practical level to find a nice frame for an excellent price, but I couldn’t muster up the feeling of love I get for my favorite toys. I had decided to go with that frame, but Rob surprised me by bringing it home from work on Tuesday evening. When I got over to his house, he took it out of the box, and I felt a familiar stirring of true excitement over this gorgeous frame. The excitement was muted, of course, by thoughts of my Cannondale, but it was nice to feel the stirrings of joy over a new bike. Once I have grieved my Cannondale* and built up this new bike, I think I’ll be ready to fall in love with it.
*I get strangely attached to inanimate objects.