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An Apology to CBike(27 posts)

An Apology to CBikeKristin
May 2, 2001 10:00 AM
I am truly sorry for that last post. I was not attempting to play games or start trouble. That's honestly not my nature. However, I have offended a large number of people and feel badly for doing so. I feel especially badly because I made an assumption about the bike shop that was untrue. Cbike is great, and Ben is giving me good support and very open to helping me. I want to say this online because I hate to think I'd damaged their reputation by a stupid post. I am sorry.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Ciao' & God Bless
Kristin, I know exactlySteeve
May 2, 2001 10:14 AM
how you feel. I have been accused of some bad posts myself.

Well just go for a ride on your bike and forget it all. I will take my DeRosa out for a spin myself.
that's it?ET
May 2, 2001 10:46 AM
So what about the bike's fit? Is it OK after all? Raise the stem? Stem swap? Frame swap? You could at least let us know.
Oh no....Greg Taylor
May 2, 2001 10:54 AM
Let's let this one rest. I almost prefer not knowing -- it preserves the aura of mystery that will make this a romantic tale worth retelling over and over to our kids and grandkids. Sorta like the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, we will never really know what happened, and it is a better story because we don't know.
Vested interestBrian C.
May 2, 2001 11:07 AM
Your point's well taken. LOL :)
Still, I'm curious to know how the stem issue pans out, having some of the same problems breaking in the bike as she has reported.
Kristin, if you do change stems, can you please give before and after specs? Thanks.
LOL! Maybe you're right.ET
May 2, 2001 12:01 PM
It's just that after all that time I (and others) spent offering advice, can't help but be curious. If she got an ill-fitting bike, I for one would feel bad but not guilty. Her very first post on this forum started out by saying she has this unique problem in that nothing will fit because she has a very long inseam and short torso, and so very short reach for her height and nothing fits, and she finished by saying she needs a much longer top tube, so much so that she had no real problem at all, and bikes she claimed she tested that supposedly had too long a top tube and so she needed too short a stem now apparently fit. Hard to offer fitting advice under those conditions. And if, after all the advice in general given here to check the simple signs as to whether a bike fits, e.g. stem size, seat position on rails, seat/height differential, hub test (first satisfied, then nowhere close on same bike), comfort on ride, etc., if she ended up with, say, a 130 stem, she should've realized something was wrong. There's only so much we can do.

Getting back to the romantic tale, she has added to the aura by cryptically and repeatedly saying she's taking it up with the LBS which didn't mean no harm, rather than saying something more mundane like "I'll have to swap stems." What a tale!
Been following this sagaMel Erickson
May 2, 2001 11:33 AM
but haven't had anything to contribute that someone else didn't say. However, just because of this woeful tale, I raised my stem 1.25 inches last night!
Been following this sagaxxx
May 2, 2001 11:38 AM
Please Mel, no. Say it isn't so.....that is bordering of fred-dom.
I must admitMel Erickson
May 2, 2001 12:24 PM
I do have some Fred characteristics. However, I prefer to call them eccentricities. BTW, my stem was 4.25 inches below my saddle and I did the touch your toe test. I can barely touch my toes so I raised it to 3 inches below my saddle. Still not in Fred territory!
I must admitxxx
May 2, 2001 12:33 PM
"......whew...."
Been following this sagasteeveo
May 2, 2001 1:07 PM
This 'saga' is fiction. It has unfolded as genuine drama, with flashbacks, foreshadowing, surprise devlopments, plot twists, riddles wrapped in mysteries wrapped in enigmas ... I salute her literary skill. We stand awed before literary genius.
busted...Kristin
May 2, 2001 1:48 PM
Well there! You went and blew my cover. And it was just getting good!

As you may already have guessed, I don't own a bike. As a matter of fact, the last time I rode one was in the 6th grade. In real life I'm a journalist who has found herself dauntingly burnt-out on everyday details and is waiting for a publisher to accept her first transcript. My current work is a melodrama about internet junkies who are also addicted to sports. Of course I will change the names to protect the guilty.

*Kristin takes a final bow and pins sign to self which reads...
"Gone cycling. Will return..."
busted...4bykn
May 2, 2001 2:05 PM
I'll miss ya'.....
Kristin, we hardly knew ye. (nm)Brian C.
May 2, 2001 2:34 PM
WHAT?!? Seriously, was this all a research assignment?boy nigel
May 2, 2001 5:49 PM
Kristin,

I suppose it all could be true, but is it? You got all of these good people to help, help, help, and you're not even a cyclist?

Straighten it all out, please.

Cheers,
Nigel
who would read it???DaveG
May 2, 2001 7:44 PM
sounds boring to me and I'm one of those internet junkie bike/sports nuts you mentioned. Would there be a whole chapter devoted to your back-and-forth with ET?? Perhaps Romance novels would be a better deal.
I feel violatedDog
May 3, 2001 12:35 PM
What a waste of time. Many people here spend time sincerely trying to help others. I hope these fraudulent posts don't become the norm.

Innocense lost. I feel so manipulated and violated. Didn't realize I was so naive. What CAN we believe any more?

Doug
I thought she's just being sarcastic. Isn't she? (nm)ET
May 3, 2001 12:51 PM
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I dunno - I'm so confused; moving on... (nm)Dog
May 3, 2001 3:18 PM
Doug
Oh no!Mel Erickson
May 2, 2001 3:17 PM
Say it ain't so! That means I adjusted my stem because of a story that was just a pigment of my imagination?
re: An Apology to CBikedug
May 2, 2001 11:37 AM
please - Everyone - For the sake of the LBS, let it go. Don't start. Let it go.
my prediction.......................someday
May 2, 2001 4:27 PM
is that Kristin and ET hook up in the future and they talk about bikes happily ever after.
BTW: Kristin was actually a MAN!steeve0
May 3, 2001 6:23 AM
He really suckered you ALL!
Of course. nmshmoo
May 3, 2001 1:45 PM
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I doubt it...PsyDoc
May 3, 2001 4:19 PM
If you go to the link where she has pics of the bike, then you can see a photograph of the woman who has become near and dear to our hearts. Go to the link she indicated in an earlier thread:

http://community.webshots.com/photo/13459480/13459499sDNSXKNMnm

Then, scroll to the botton and select "other albums by Kristin6" and select "Oregon Adventures". Scroll to the bottom and there she is. I would strongly suggest taking a look at the other albums as well. She has taken some fantastic photos.
See a pic of the mystery girl in the above message (nm)PsyDoc
May 3, 2001 4:22 PM
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I doubt it...look271
May 3, 2001 5:08 PM
Excellent detective work! On a totally unrelated subject; ain't webshots great? Got it on my 'puter @ work and @ home.