Well that's a real bummer, Kiley. However, when you get your new wheels, I 
am certain that you will more excited than ever before to ride your new 
Clem. I'm glad to hear that RBW HQ is replacing your wheels with a new set. 

Kim Hetzel
Yelm, WA. 

On Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 5:25:32 PM UTC-7 Kiley Demond wrote:

> Update to the Update
> Still no riding 😔. The LBS working on the wheel said that after truing 
> it, it went right back out after putting a load on it. They believe one end 
> of alternating spokes/spoke holes weren't threaded when built. So... Riv is 
> sending out two replacement wheels and I will send these back. Maybe riding 
> Tuesday? Sigh.
> On Monday, September 18, 2023 at 5:30:31 PM UTC-7 Kiley Demond wrote:
>> I did it! I received the “BIS” (back in stock) email from Riv the weekend 
>> before last and bought a Clem L 59cm in blue! (I wonder where it was hiding 
>> in the warehouse or was it in a new container with Homers?)  I wanted an 
>> older gen in orange but what did I know? Blue is my second favorite color. 
>> Probably a better option because as a direct buyer of a new bike, the bike 
>> is warrantied as long as I own it. And the price was great! It hasn’t gone 
>> up in price so at $2050, a total bargain. And as a (female) American, I am 
>> motivated by a “deal” 😁. 
>> And of course, getting to ride! I have a bike that I have been “using” in 
>> the interim. Quote marks because I didn’t use it more than a couple of 
>> times all summer. I think it was subconsciously too daunting because it 
>> didn’t feel safe & secure, which is a Riv cornerstone. (And, there are 
>> already people who have added electric pedal-assist, which is a distinct 
>> possibility for the future, and I will not have to re-invent the wheel 🤭.) 
>> My energy soared as soon as I completed the purchase. I am beset with new 
>> bike excitement!
>> Update: Bike arrived in 5 days! Seat tube tang got bent a smidge by some 
>> transport company (turned the box upside down because those big ↑ on the 
>> box are not enough—fabricator beau fixed it in a minute; now I need to seal 
>> the seat tube opening due to paint being scraped off to bare steel). 
>> I have been busy the last couple of days with a friend's Celebration of 
>> Life, but can now turn my attention to my retirement bicycle! Let the 
>> pimping begin! Photos to follow when I get it a little further along. I 
>> have straddled it in my living room a couple of times and bless the 'L''! 
>> First ride tomorrow! I'm baaaack! 😊

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