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Of trainers and the USPS(3 posts)

Of trainers and the USPSElefantino
Mar 10, 2002 3:02 PM
So I bought this trainer on eBay. A very barely used Tacx Cycleforce Basic. A really nice one. Got it for $150, plus $20 shipping. Not bad, considering that it retails for $339.

Anyway, I buy it from a lawyer in Milwaukee, who is in the middle of a murder case, which I guess he lost because he left Milwaukee for Stone Mountain, Ga., to do some road training. He forgets to send the trainer before he goes. But he gets home and immediately sends it Priority Mail.

Yesterday, carrier rings the bell. "You've got a big package here, shipped insured. Sign, please." So I sign, and he tells me, "Oh, by the way, it was damaged during shipping. You can go to the [Post Office] on Monday and put in your claim."

Brings the package into the house. One side of the box is torn. Half of the peanuts are gone. The resistance unit has obviously fallen out. My wife hooks it up, plugs it in, and it doesn't work. It's busted. Not only that, but the flywheel axle is horribly bent.

So my wife will go to the post office tomorrow to try to get the refund.

To soothe myself, I bought a new Elite fluid trainer today. Still in box, $150, retails for $250. Not as many bells and whistles as the Tacx, but oh well.

And no, I'm not ready to ride. But I wanted to get a new trainer so that when I can climb on a bike, I can hammer.

good luck (nm)Bigburlymtnman
Mar 10, 2002 6:41 PM
sorry to hear itcyclopathic
Mar 11, 2002 12:09 AM
I hope you'd get your money back from USPS.
Perhaps Lance could send you a new trainer, after all it's his sponsor! ;)