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Another reason that SAGing sucks!(14 posts)

Another reason that SAGing sucks!rideslikeagirl
May 6, 2002 7:59 AM
Besides the obvious amount of crow-eating, I discovered another downside to a SAG.

They scratched the crap outta my new bike!!!!

Hadn't been on her since getting sick, and I noticed it this weekend. Oh, man, was I pissed!

Not only is about three inches of my top tubes, beautiful candy-apple red paint scratched off, but the metal is gouged as well.

The guy that gave me a ride had funky bike rack and made me take my bike on and off, because he didn't want to scratch my bike on the screws that held the bike on. Well, I guess those damn screws just ate away at my bike on the ride back.

It would have been simply avoided with a cloth - but when you're bonking as badly as I was, you're not thinking straight.

Shouldn't he have known?? What do I do? What would you do?

How do you repair the damaged alloy?

Just sucks.
That's sad. I fun when I saggedKristin
May 6, 2002 8:12 AM
I guess it all depends on the driver. But that really sucks about your bike. And it seems like pretty excessive damage...have you talked to the ride sponsors yet?

When I sagged at the Hilly Hundred I had a good time. The driver (who's name escapes me) was friendly and shared lots of stories. He had a top end Thule rack that was installed just for the event. I spent the rest of the afternoon in the sag wagon helping riders and just enjoying the scenery...

No shame in sagging if your sick or injured. If I had sagged at the ScoutAbout last September when my knee began to throb, I wouldn't have needed to sag at the Hilly Hundred. Nor would I have lost 3 months riding).
What is the Scout About?RadicalRonPruitt
May 6, 2002 8:23 AM
Its a local Bike/Run/Walk to support Boy Scouts in SeptemberKristin
May 6, 2002 9:08 AM
It utilizes the Fox Valley trail...the Metric option takes you out through Aurora and then back onto the Fox Valley trail. Maps were terrible and on route sinage was limited, I got lost three times. I spoke to a bunch of people who got lost that day.

My boss is a cub master, so I will probably ride it again...gets me out of buying popcorn.
May 7, 2002 4:20 AM
They have good popcorn. I mean it isn't Girl Scout cookies, but it is good.
I use grammar good. DOH!! (sorry)Kristin
May 6, 2002 9:09 AM
For $30 a century they should treat your bike like gold.RadicalRonPruitt
May 6, 2002 8:22 AM
I noticed that the sag drivers aren't always equipped with the best equipment. I have seen them throw several bikes in their soccer mom equipped minivans and never once think about them making contact or putting anything between them. If they are going to get away with charging $30 for these rides, then they should make sure their sag fleet is equipped with the proper equipment. They should also treat your bike as if it were their own, and I haven't always seen that.
For $30 a century they should treat your bike like gold.SteveO
May 6, 2002 9:40 AM
"If they are going to get away with charging $30 for these rides, then they should make sure their sag fleet is equipped with the proper equipment."

conversely, if they need to equip their sag fleet with 'proper' equipment, a century would cost much more than 30 bucks.

Price you pay when you take a sag, imo.
For $30 a century they should treat your bike like gold.RadicalRonPruitt
May 7, 2002 4:24 AM
As many people that ride these centuries year after year, they should be able to equip their sag wagons with proper equipment to haul bikes around. A rack is cheap to make for a back of a pick up truck or on a trailer. All you people who were defending the cost of a century and the service that you get for it, this should just be another service. It shouldn't just get thrown in the back of a soccer mom's mini van with all the rest of the soccer equipment. I have seen this before. Bikes leaning against each other. They don't seem to care, and they don't ever let the riders put their stuff in the van, which I found to be most interesting.
A pisserMe Dot Org
May 6, 2002 8:24 AM
At the very least I would email SLOBC and let them know what happened. I doubt if they will make good on it, but at least the guy could get come rubber tubing or covers.

Getting a scratch on a new bike is much worse than a new car...
Worse than a scratch on your new carRadicalRonPruitt
May 7, 2002 4:21 AM
I agree, the first scratch on your bike hurts like a stake in your heart.
chalk it up to life experienceDougSloan
May 6, 2002 8:26 AM
I'd just chalk it up to life experience.

SAG drivers are for the most part unthanked volunteers. I doubt you want to go after him. Legally, at most they owe you or your bike a duty or ordinary care, and you were there to inspect the bike rack, too. I doubt you'd get far with a complaint.

I doubt there is any structural damage to the bike. I'd take it to the shop and see if they can touch it up or find touch up paint for you. If not, you might have to take it to a car painter and see what they can do.

My C40 has a few eye-catching paint chips. I figure bikes are to be used, not hung in an art gallery. I don't worry about it much. S*** happens.

clear nail polishSpoke Wrench
May 6, 2002 9:40 AM
If your bike is really candy apple red, there's no matching it. You might as well touch it up with yellow paint as try to match the red. I have shade shifter paint on my tandem so I just touch up the nicks with clear nail polish. I think that it's less noticeable.
May 6, 2002 10:40 AM
Took care of that as soon as I got back from my ride.

At least it's kind of towards the bottom and not too noticeable.

AND I have to keep telling myself it's just cosmetic (pretty sure) and she still rides just as nice as before.

It's that whole 'first cut is the deepest' thing, ya know!

First scratch on a new bike, first ding on a new car -

I did drop a note to SLOBC, tho, just as an FYI - they put on a number of rides, at least they can prevent this next time.

Live and learn.