Ugh! My bike crapped out on me! Heavy Sigh! I heard a cracking sound as I approached an incline during a morning ride. Immediately after the sound, my seat started swiveling. Naturally, I had to stop to see what was going on. I hopped off the bike to find my seat, freely performing 360 ° rotations. Lovely!
To put an end to the bike’s new feature, I attempted to adjust/tighten the clamp (which is what I think made the cracking sound) that attached the seat to the height-adjusting pole/tube. In doing so, the pole slowly and methodically lowered itself into the shaft until I could no longer access it. What I had succeeded in doing was adjusting the pirouetting seat so that it was flush with the bike frame. Yep, flush and spinning! Double Ugh!
Standing Pedal Ride Home
Fortunately, I was a little less than a mile from home, so I stood and pedaled while my seat enjoyed 360 views of the ride. I wanted to toss the seat and the rest of the bike into the lake as I rode by but thought better of it. Instead, I brought it home, removed all my biking accessories, and threatened to send it to the glue factory.
Note: My hubby is willing to save the bike from the glue factory. He said he’ll fix it and ride it. He’s less picky about things than I am, so it may work well for him. Only time will tell.
Never Bonded with the Bike
We always had Schwinn bikes as a kid, so I went with what I knew when I bought this one. I purchased this Schwinn during the COVID pandemic. I ordered it from Amazon (nothing else was open). The bike was mostly assembled, but I had to attach a few things for it to be ridable. Once assembled, I went out for a ride and came back complaining.
The bike clunked, clanged, skipped gears, and more. Assuming I had assembled something wrong, I made an appointment to bring it to the bike shop. During COVID, bike appointments were far and few between, but I managed to get one. The shop did what it could to improve the riding experience, but some things were inherent to the bike.
Bikes: Making Lemonade out of Lemons
Since I had already spent the money, I decided to make the best of the situation. Plus, the thought of dismantling and shipping the bike back exhausted me. So, I got a portable speaker (no earplugs for me) and played music while I rode. It helped to drown out some of the irritating noises, but in the back of my mind, I was researching my next bike purchase. However, once the seat decided to crap out on me, that was the final straw!
What I Learned from the Experience
This Schwinn taught me a few things:
- I’m done with self-assembly. My next bike will be assembled 100% by a professional. All I have to do is get on it and ride it out of the shop.
- I’m also done with external derailers. I want a bike with an internal gear hub. Internal gears are low maintenance, and you can switch gears on the bike while standing still. And, even better, because the gears are protected, they are pretty much weatherproof.
- By nature, I’m a frugal person. However, sometimes you’ve got to spend a little more to get the features you want. I’m willing to loosen the purse strings just a bit to ensure my next biking experience is pleasurable.
Now, the hunt is on!