Two weeks ago I was riding The Gimp to a meeting when I was run into by the most moronic, brainless driver in the history of humanity. Though the accident (which, of course, I got blamed for) was minor and I didn't even fall over, in his frail condition The Gimp simply couldn't handle the impact. As I rode away from the idiot that hit me, fuming mad, I noticed my front wheel was seriously wobbling. I tried changing it out for a new one this weekend, but there was still wobbling. The collision had bent the front fork that connects to the wheel. Like a horse with a broken leg, it was time to take The Gimp out to a field and put him down.
Sadly there aren't any fields in Saigon, so I'll probably just give The Gimp to someone on the street. He can still be ridden, but not for serious exercise. Yesterday I bought a new bike, the exact same model as The Gimp, but shiny and rust-free. I knew I would need to buy another bike before the next H2H in April, but I wasn't prepared to do it this early. R.I.P. The Gimp, 2011-2012.