Ok, it's taken me the best part of 24hrs to decide whether to post this up or not, for reasons that will become apparent, but I guess there's a story to be told.
As some of you may know, I've been suffering with depression on-and-off, trying deperately to sell off almost all my bikes/frames as (in all honesty) I didn't see that I'd ever ride them.
And so last week, and a weird twist, This came up for sale, and I pounced on it.
Mark's a great guy, and I know how much this bike meant to him, so I was keen to actually have my first Ti 'rider' as well.. a deal was struck..
And so yesterday at 11am, this arrived at GT towers, and I was shaking with anticipation as I pulled each of the split-down components from the box...
With the missus out for the morning, and with tools in hand, I set about getting it into a bike shaped mass, ready for a quick 'fresh out the box' photo session...
It looked great, felt great, and I was definitely happy that I finally had something again I could use offroad, rather than an amalgam of boxes of components..
And then, I spotted this:
Naturally I was absolutely gutted, for both me and Mark actually, and I'd have to be honest and say that as I was shaking, a tear rolled out my eye..
So I took the natural course of action, and emailed the pics straight to Mark, who again has been a star for the last 24hrs, and a few phone calls during the day too.
So the story really begins here, with a claim being raised/pending with the couriering company, and no future plans for the bike at the moment, until that part of the story is complete.