I finally got to bring home my new road bike–Trek’s Emonda SL7 Disc. I named her RichieDammit, which is a nickname given by my highschool friends. Richie was a nickname that started when I was in Japan prior to highschool and followed me back to the U.S. For the longest time, my friends started their sentences with ‘Richie’ and ended them with ‘Dammit’. For example, “Richie, you need to get to class before Mr. Harrington gives you detention again, dammit.” Eventually, it just got shortened to “RichieDammit.” And since this bike has some attitude to it, I passed on my old nickname.
So along with the drama of trying to get my puppy from South Dakota to Fairbanks, I was also trying to get my new road bike from Wisconsin. This was also some drama TNT style (We Know Drama).
- I order the bike via Trek’s awesome Employee VIP program. They tell me the bike will be shipped at the end of the week.
- The bike tech at the store I work (Goldstream Sports) tells me that the bike is on back order because customer orders have priority over employee orders. I will now have to wait until the end of the month. Okay, May 30th. I have a Mountain Bike. I can deal.
- The bike ships on May 28th. Cool.
- The bike is turned around on May 29th at Kentucky for a shipping violation. No notice from Trek. My bike tech has no idea. The store owner thinks it has to do with the lithium battery that powers the Di2 shifters.
- I exchange a lot of emails with Trek. They confirm that it is the lithium battery. Someone forgot to put a sticker on the box needed for air shipment. This is after they tell me they don’t think they can ship the bike to Alaska because of the battery, which made no sense because we had two shipped up here for our customers and have e-bikes shipped up here all the time. This was about the time we were having trouble getting Java flown to Alaska too. There were a lot of tears that week. A LOT.
- No more information for a week. I exchange emails with Trek again. They tell me it is on the shipping dock and will arrive in Alaska at the end of the week.
- Minutes later I get this image texted to me from my inside connection at UPS:
- I check UPS Tracking. Sure enough it had been shipped from Wisconsin last week.
- The bike is delivered. The store is swamped with repairs, but the bike techs have mercy on me and get it put together quickly. I finally got to take it for a solid test ride. Tomorrow the store owner will do a thorough computerized bike fitting.
Okay summer, we can now begin.