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  1. #1
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    Oh no! My brand new Ruby :(

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    My husband offered to drive me to work so he could have the car and I could ride home. Sounds good, right? Beautiful spring weather. Sure.

    He put my bike on the bike rack but... apparently didn't check to make sure that the rack was locked in place.

    A mile or so down the road there was a horrible "thunk" and he pulled over. The lower part of the rack, which angles down to let us open the hatchback had not been locked and bike had stayed on the rack but hit the road when the rack fell. At a minimum it was clear that the rear wheel had hit and was bent.

    When we got to my work, we checked over the frame and it looks like there is damage to the frame as well.

    I'm trying so hard not to be mad at him because I'm sure I could just as easily have overlooked something like that... but I'm pretty upset right now.
    Last edited by azfiddle; 03-10-2016 at 06:10 AM.
    2016 Specialized Ruby Comp disc - Ruby Expert ti 155
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  2. #2
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    OH NO! That's my worst fear when my bike's on the rack. I'm so sorry -- and I'm sure your husband feels horrible about it too. I think this deserves a furious shrieking fit, somewhere quiet and alone, to get it out of your system for a while. And I hope this uses up your allotment of bad luck, too.
    Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live. -- S. Clemens

  3. #3
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    So sorry about this! Perhaps to be filed under sh!t happens.
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  4. #4
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    I'm so very sorry, I want to cry and it's not even my bike.

    I commute an hour to work on an interstate, and bringing my bike to work scares me to death for this very reason.

  5. #5
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    That sucks! So sorry about your new bike, hopefully insurance will cover it.

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  6. #6
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    So sorry about your Ruby. My bike had accident about 10 years ago that very same way to my bianchi eros. She still has 2 different shifters and a different handlebar but didn't hurt the frame. My hubby still hasn't lived that one down. No really we don't talk about it anymore- but now always double check when bikes are on a rack.

  7. #7
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    Oh man. That stinks! I think ZoneFive's right about the furious shrieking fit, I know I'd be having one. Hope you can get a replacement ASAP ... at least you've already done the shopping ...
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  8. #8
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    Ack, that does suck. +1 on the shrieking or maybe some serious deep breathing.

    Hang in there.

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  9. #9
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    OH NO! That is horrible! And this is just another reason why we have never had a bike rack but have always figured out a way or a vehicle we could store the bikes inside. I watched my friend's bike fall off her rack once as we left a ride, and it traumatized me for life!

    So very sorry. I would be so upset!
    Emily

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  10. #10
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    Thank you so much for the kind words. I just needed a place to vent. DH took it to the shop and they confirmed the frame is cracked in two places and has to be replaced. I'm pretty sure the wheel will need replacement too, but I'll know more later. I will call this afternoon to find out the details. In the meantime, I still have my touring bike- the Surly LHT but my spring break starts this weekend and I was planning so many rides
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  11. #11
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    That is a tough one! I'm sure your husband feels horrible about it and your anger is perfectly justifiable, but .... that private shrieking fit is probably a very good idea. Is this the new ruby that replaced the stolen one? So frustrating!!!

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  12. #12
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    I'm so sorry. You've definitely had more than your share of bad luck lately.
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  13. #13
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    Oh my, so sorry, that was always my concern with the bike rack on my car. I agree with the private shrieking fit to release some of that tension, I know your DH has to be feeling SO bad and your anger is indeed justifiable. So hard and frustrating for you.

  14. #14
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    well, you do get that new bike feeling twice in a little over a month

    this too will pass and you'll be riding with giant saguaro's in your view soon!!!!!!!!!!!
    ‘The negative feelings we all have can be addictive…just as the positive…it’s up to
    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

  15. #15
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    Well.... guess it was cracked in not two, but three places. Bike shop guy said he wouldn't recommend, and wouldn't be able to guarantee safety if we sent it for repair, which would cost at least $825. There were two options for a replacement frame, (and he spent half an hour on the phone with the Specialized rep to try to figure out the best solution!)- so the less expensive choice is about $1200 for a 2015 Ruby frame, with matte black and blue. About $1200. I need a new rear wheel- he said it was completely trashed (about the worst he'd ever seen) but he thinks the brake will actually be okay, but they have to look at it. He hopes to get it ready by Wednesday- less than a week. I don't the think the $1200 includes the wheel

    So... it will be about half the cost of replacing a bike. My husband is definitely feeling bad- apologetic - and kind of staying out of my way.

    The only silver lining- the new frame is a better color. Small consolation... matte black with cyan (blue).
    2016 Specialized Ruby Comp disc - Ruby Expert ti 155
    2010 Surly Long Haul Trucker - Jett 143

 

 

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