Bit of back story.. (Click to show)
A month or so, I noticed a loud creaking sound coming from my 17" 2012 Jamis Exile Sport. Come to find out, the area on the frame, just below my seat tube clamp had a a crack in it, about an inch long. So, I took it to the bike shop where I bought it. Thankfully, Jamis ( and I'd imagine any decent bike company ) has a life time warranty on their frames. Ben, the owner of the bike shop sent the frame in for a replacement. After he explained the process of what was going to happen I said that I really appreciated his help. He then asks me "How will you be getting back and forth to work?", since he knows I used the bike to commute. I said something like "I guess I'll just go back to bussin' it, or have my wife drop me off". Well, I guess this wasn't good enough for Ben because after I had left his shop and gotten around the corner, he called me up and said that he may have a loaner bike he could offer me until mine was replaced. I was a bit stunned, to say the least. It turned out to be a steel road bike of his own. It did take some getting use to, specifically, the down tube shifters. So I road that little rocket for about 2 weeks and really enjoyed it. The wife and I came into a bit of money so I told her, I had to get a bike like this of my very own. After some contemplating and a bit of persuasion from one of the bike store sales guys, I purchased a 2012 Salsa Cassoroll single speed. It's not set up how Salsa would have had it ( eg, Surly hubs, Specialized drop bars/stem and my Shimano 540 SPD pedals ), but I love it none the less. Yes, I did give Ben back his bike the day I purchased the Salsa
Fast forward about a week and a half and Ben calls me up and told me my Jamis was ready to ride! I was excited beyond words. I missed my monster!
I was expecting my bike, but only a new frame. I was blown back by what I had received. It was my wheels/tires, fork, crank/pedals, cassette, seat post and saddle. Everything else was new. Oh, and the frame was 2" bigger. It feels big, but better. Oddly, the biggest change I felt was the handle bars. From a riser to a flat bar.
What I started with. Here's all the other parts I got.
Oh, and yesterday, ( Saturday ), I decided to go ( Stan's ) tubeless, on the Jamis. I will be trying it out tomorrow, thanks to the paid holiday off from work.
Here are my babies. Sorry, for the picture quality. I was trying out the panoramic feature on my HTC One. Weird how it got all blurry in the middle.