Monday, September 10, 2012
Foldinitis & Bird Flu strike again
I'm happy to report that Foldinitis has claimed yet another victim. Just 3 weeks ago when Y got her new Tern C7, it got her friend B itching for one. The opportunity came when there was a 1 month old Tern C7 in black and blue striping advertised on the net here in Perth. The owner, a Brazilian vet on working holiday visa, is a bicycle enthusiast and bought the foldie as he wanted to cycle and use public transport. However, the beautiful bike paths of Perth saw him riding his expensive $3k Merida racer most times, making his foldie irrelevant.
Hence, I alerted B when I saw his ad and we went to Scarborough Beach this evening to take a look at it. It was an easy drive and I enjoyed getting to know B a little better. Upon reaching the beach/meeting point, I was surprised at how beautiful the authorities have done up the ampi-theatre there.
A quick call and the seller came cruising to meet us. The tall rider on a shining black Tern with blinking lights looked so cool in the dusk and that got us excited. True to form, this Tern was in pristine condition save for a missing magnet to clamp the folded bike together and a gear shifter that was a bit misplaced. Small issues really as it was sold at a price that begged to be snared.
B was more than delighted after a quick test ride, feeling very happy with its comfortable, upright position and the sharp handling of the Tern. As a member of the the Botswana Bird Nature Society in her younger days, B was so pleased to be the new owner of the black unfeathered Tern.
One case of bird flu that is worth getting infected!