Bike #1 (Rigid SS MTB): Got me a new wheelset and tires, super excited so the night before I get everything prepped for an early morning ride. Morning comes, load the bike on the car rack, drive to the trial head. Unload bike, snap a selfie, and hit the trail. Two mins later - POP! - broke the chain!! I know I have a spare chain at home so no problem, jump back in car for a 15 min ride back. I measured and cut the new chain to size, but then have difficulty with a loose quick link. Come to realize it’s a 9 speed quicklink but the chain is 11 speed. Ok then, let’s ride Bike #2.
Bike #2 (New full suspension MTB): Next day, new trail. Suspension feels good, tire pressures too. I’m two miles in, get to the bottom of a descent, and the dropper post is stuck in the lowest position. I pushed, pulled, and even punched the saddle, trying to convince the post to extend. I had read of poor experiences with Rockshox Reverbs but thought those were early generations. I’m definitely selling this P.O.S. was my first thought. Then I remember this is an AXS and I’ve never recharged the battery. Ok then, on to number #3.
Bike #3 (New Gravel): This was bought as a 2x11 but I’m a 1x guy. I’m feeling lazy and debating if I should just keep it 2x and go ride. While I’m unboxing the bike the f’n chain slips off the the small chainring and scratches my zero mile carbon frame !!! That front derailleur is now definitely being tossed and I’m going 1x! I install an oval chainring but still feeling lazy, I did not replace the short cage rear derailleur or compact cassette. I do get a ride in (success!) but soon learn that I really do need that 11-40 cassette and long cage rear derailleur to bail me out of these hills. So this morning I take off the rear wheel, compact cassette, and short cage derailleur. The 11-40 cassette installation required a spacer for the road freehub and luckily I had a spare. Getting ready to install the new 11 speed long cage derailleur and find that it’s missing the assembly needed to screw it into the hanger! No this isn’t a direct mount derailleur, it’s just missing the dang part!
Ok, so I’ve got one more bike left. What could possibly be wrong with that one? This is my tried and true first love, my trusty steed, my old reliable This is Bike #4.
Bike #4 (Monstercross/Gravel grinder/MTB/Adventure): Ah yeeess… #4 is super clean, tuned, and everything works perfectly. But I can’t ride it. Why? Because I have it listed for sale.