George in his retirement home.
She grew in me though. I came to like her so much, I forgot about reselling her. That is, until this summer. 2011 seem to be crappy. Summer came and I would've been very happy travelling along with my bike, but this year's monsoon season was a bit much. What irritates me is when it seemed to show a promising sunny day. I wax my bike before work and only end up getting soaked by rain; realizing that only after work. Months passed by and Autumn is about to come. At last, the rain has stopped.
Now, Shiela doesn't sound right. I only know riding bikes. I don't know anything about maintenance. Shiela just doesn't sound right. Her purr now sounds an awful growl. Her foot brakes give out this ear-piercing squeak. I asked the repairman about it. I was told it'll be fine after a while, when the bike gets rid of all excess water inside of her. I thought, "okay... but then I can't take her on long road-trips. I'm sure fellow motorists will give me that mean look."
This month, I noticed many people selling their bikes on Craigslist. I was considering one of them. But with all my coming expenses, I'd rather stick with Shiela for a while. Maybe I could wait until next summer. I could just take the bus for now. But then this week, I had this itch of taking a short road-trip with her. I already placed an order for a new cigar-jack to be wired on her, for my GPS. I bathed and oiled her with care, so no matter how she sounds, she'll still remain a beauty.
Shiela and I during the earlier days.
It was this morning's accident that made me come back to thinking of buying another bike. Shiela is so damaged, I know I'll be spending another couple of hundreds to have her fixed. The brakes, and especially the tank is what'll burn my wallet. I don't know, but if it's going to cost me half the price of another bike, I might as well replace her.
So yeah, I'm back to thinking if I should replace this lover of mine, Shiela. But with my current budget and planned purchase, I'm now really at the point where I have to think of my priorities.
Planned "to buy one of them this month":
- It's still a decision among these lenses:
- Canon 10-22mm
- Sigma 8-16mm
- Samyang 14mm
- Canon 14mm
- Canon EX580 or other flash. Still under research.
- Hansung SPARQ laptop
- PC upgrades.... or just build a new one
- Monitor dedicated for photo editing.
- PS3 games. I stopped playing for 2 years and now I'm way behind.
- and now either fix Shiela or buy another bike.