For 6 years we were inseparable. But let's be honest.
My now defunct bike was a city bike. It was not meant to climb the
cornices of Normandy, to race clear across Paris day after day through rain,
sleet, snow, and wind. So. It cracked. Literally:
Yes. The frame broke.
You do not want this to happen while you are riding down a busy street.
I felt I was loosing control of by bike and had the good sense to get off
it. As I began walking it home, the crack widened until the poor
dear dropped to the ground.
Thank goodness for no-smoking laws! A
helpful fellow out for a smoke was kind enough to help me out.
He used some internet cable to tie up my
bike so I could walk the rest of the way home.
That's all that left after
salvaging wheels, snazzy pedals, Chinese bell, extra sturdy basket:
an unrecognizable cadaver.