I normally zip through congested downtown traffic on my fixed gear bike with confidence, but last night my bicycle felt oddly non-responsive, as if I was sailing with a missing dagger board. I figured I either drank too much coffee or I didn’t get enough sleep. It was an uncharacteristically non-zen feeling for a fixed gear bike.
This evening, the front end of my bike shimmied like a freshly landed trout and creepy groanings emanated from my headset. The front of my bike flopped weirdly as if possessed. Captain Howdy in my bike is definitely a non-zen feeling for a fixed gear bike.
I was within a half mile of home when I got under a street light and finally noticed what was wrong. The top tube cracked just aft of the lug holding it to the headtube.
What should I do with this bike?
I bought the bike in 1987 so I guess I got my money’s worth. Does anybody know if Centurion had a lifetime warranty on their frames? Centurion became Diamondback which is now owned by Raleigh, but I don’t know if Raleigh just bought the name or if they own the warranty obligations also.
The headset and bottom bracket are original and probably not worth salvaging. I’m not inclined to build a frankenbike. The pedals, wheels and tires are in decent enough shape, along with the other parts like handlbars, seatpost and the saddle. I’ll probably call the Santa Cruz Bike Church and see if they want the bike for parts.
Does anyone have any other ideas? What should I do with this broken bicycle?