Yesterday I gave my newest bicycle to Bicycles For Humanity (www.bicyclesforhumanity.com). They plan to ship it with a container-load of others to some needy folks in Namibia.
The bike in question is an Avanti Blade, with a lightweight alloy frame and a whole lot of bells and whistles. Other than the bell, the contraption had been a continuous source of disappointment since I purchased it five years ago. It cost me $550. Then it spent its first two months in and out of the shop having things righted that never should have been wrong in the first place, free of charge. Even the shop got tired of that, and after sixty days they started charging me to fix such things. So I changed shops. A few months later I had spent another $300 on repairs. Continue reading Lemons in Namibia