Sep 1, 2008

a wise man once told me...

actually, a wise man more than once told me some words of wisdom that have saved me, whether it be a few bucks, a lot of headache or a bit of both...

two recently that i want to share... the first once occurred earlier this summer, but i got to recount last weekend. my bike was parked and some people were looking it over. the discussion turned to the toe/heel shifter. one guy told me he was going to remove the heel shifter on his bike and was asking what i thought. why he cared what i thought i don't know - he's got to ride it and be happy with it. but since he asked...


i told him that i don't use the heel shifter. i too had considered removing it. my concern was how to pretty-up the shaft when i removed the heel shifter. i knew my father-in-law didn't use his. i figured i would see what he did with his bike.

upon inspecting his bike, i saw he still had the heel shifter... he told me he has no plans to remove the heel shifter, even if he didn't use it. his reasoning being you never know when you're going to need spare parts. i chuckled. i decided to leave it on more out of fear of him ribbing me about removing it every time he saw my bike.

not even a week later, i'm traveling home from northern virginia, on a two lane road, my wife caravanning behind me. a goose decides to meander into my lane and stops. at this point i'm having to make decisions on which way the goose might decided to go, which way i'm going to do. i'm quickly slowing down, hitting both brakes, squeezing the clutch and attempting to downshift - pressing my left foot down quickly but only finding air. holy crap!! i look down, no shifter peg!!!

i safely navigate around the goose and find the first pullover. as i'm pulling over, i'm hearing my father-in-law's words - you never know when you're going to need spare parts. thankfully, since i left the heel shifter on, i can move the peg from the heel to the toe and continue my journey home.

chalk another one up for the ol' man...

i noticed last weekend that my right rear turn signal wasn't working properly. after some quick diagnostics, i determined it was the run/brake/turn signal module i installed several years ago. i was all set to buy a replacement module. the only thing holding me up was the debate between the r/b/t module and replacing the brake lights and turn signals with leds - cost being the main factor.

again my father-in-law kicks in his words... they have their web site imprinted on the side of the module. i should call the company and tell them to send me a replacement. i've had the module on the bike for a few years, i don't know if they're going to do that.

i decide to do the next best thing - i'll search the internet to see if there are any reported problems with the unit. quickly finding nothing, i end up at biketronic's web site looking for a forum. nothing.... i stumble on their contact us form and decide to give it a shot.

i explain my situation and fire off the form. not even two hours later, a response... they have a lifetime warranty, send them my address and they'll send out a replacement. how can it get any better than that??

chalk another one up for the ol' man.

i'm gonna have to keep listening to him...