The Raleigh languishes at the Dutch Bicycle Co., awaiting a shipment of stainless steel spokes in the correct size for its new aluminum rims.
The Panasonic should be on its way to its new owner in the next day or so.
And The Caferacer (I can’t bear to call any bike The Creme)? I have been notified that it has been “dispatched.”
This conjures up images of a ringing doorbell, and a strangely disheveled and bloodied British man holding a cricket bat, oddly flecked with pink paint, saying in a mysterious voice: “The bike has been dispatched, Miss,” before disappearing into the night.
But actually, it just means that it’s on its way here. According to the website of Chain Reaction Cycles, it should be here in 4-6 working days. Which means somewhere before Friday, I would think. That’s fairly exciting.
Interestingly, moments after I ordered the bike in my size, the site listed that size as “discontinued.” This is very strange, as I’m certain that model is not only being manufactured, but is in fact, brand new this year. The CremeCyles site is up, they’re running a conversation over on Facebook… and the site is still selling the smaller version of my bike, as well as several other Creme bikes. This leads me to believe that someone wized up and realized that selling the bike for $400-600 less than it will retail through a distributor is, well, stupid. However, I’m happy to be able to take advantage of their stupidity. The Canadian distributor lists the bike at about $1300. I paid $700, with $100 in shipping on top of that. Go figure.
Clearly, Creme needs a US distributor. Someone should step up. Perhaps I’ll quit my day job and run a small shop near the Burke Gilman, outfitting pointy-beared hipsters with their skinny jeans rolled up (because one’s skinny jeans MIGHT get caught in one’s chain, you know. Maybe) with Creme Vinyl Fixies… and pretty young things in floral dresses and inappropriate biking footwear can buy Creme HolyMoly Dutch bike rip-offs… and attractive, intelligent middle-aged women with more sense than money can buy Caferacers… oh wait. Scratch that last one.
Ah well, a girl can dream… Here are some other Creme bikes, to keep you all amused until mine arrives:
Caferacer, men’s edition, in blue, 3 speed I believe.
HolyMoly in Chocolate
Vinyl Doppio in Violet
Caferacer with dynohub in violet.