Sunday, April 21, 2013

Brown Betty: October 31, 2009 - April 12, 2013

Elle est morte.

My beloved Brown Betty is beyond help. Her aluminum cracked frame is not one that professionals recommend for repair and there are no more Globe Live II mixte frames to be had. We had a great run and I'll never forget it. She carried everything that I threw at her with grace--tons of groceries, a huge tomato plant, a plump old Yorkshire Terrier--often downhill at high speeds (except for the Yorkshire Terrier). She was recognized as a "serious machine," but also as a looker. Several people told me she had a nice rack (that was always funny to me) and no less than the executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition referred to her as "the beautiful one." That's all over now. She's still beautiful, but not roadworthy and that's all that really matters in a bike. Pieces of her will live on in other bikes. My friend, Darryl, told me someone would likely buy her Shimano hub and I want to transfer her cream tires and Pletscher double kickstand to my next bike. This bit of recycling is but cold comfort to me. I'll miss Brown Betty for some time. She was far greater than the sum of her parts.


ladyfleur said...

RIP Brown Betty.

m e l i g r o s a said...

longlive the good times of the brown betty <3

Courtnee said...

Thank you, ladies.

2whls3spds said...

Not good! Just out of curiosity what type of frame warranty did Trek have on the Globe bikes?


Courtnee said...

Hey, Aaron, there's nothing specific on the Specialized website. The info. I can get is from 2011 and my bike was made in 2009. It just says, "Globe A1 Aluminum trekking design," and some other stuff I don't quite understand. That what other websites that sell or review bikes say too.

2whls3spds said...

My understanding is that Specialized has a lifetime frame warranty. Which IMHO means they should provide you with a replacement frame. The current Daily frame looks pretty close to what you have.

FWIW I have both steel and aluminum frame bikes, but prefer the steel for a variety of reasons.


Anonymous said...

Elle est mortE (its' a she)
but a sweet article and a very nice bike (and blog)

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