Months and months later, I took it to Kruger Industrial Smoothing, which is my pet name for Art's Welding, because Kruger Industrial Smoothing is an easier name for me to remember because it's one of the do-nothing companies that George Costanza worked for on Seinfeld; but at first, I, for some reason, thought its name was Creamer Industrial Smoothing, and I kept calling it that, but then, when I went to write a post about how I call Art's Welding Creamer Industrial Smoothing because I'm so fucking clever, I figured I better look up the name of that Seinfeld company in case I was getting it wrong (I don't watch Seinfeld reruns, so I was going on faulty decade+ memories), which, turns out, I was — getting the name wrong, that is — which I mentioned already above; and it's one thing to get a name wrong on purpose — viz., Kruger Smoothing for Art's Welding, which is just ever so fucking clever — and another to get it wrong by accident — viz. Creamer Smoothing for Kruger Smoothing, which is nearly as lame as pussy-@$$ recumbency.
Now when we finally brought the stupid thing to Art, who is the titular "Art" of the company's name — viz. "Kruger Industrial Smoothing" — he was a bit dubious about whether or not the bike could be successfully welded. He was all, "We may take it apart and see it's so bad it's not worth fixing. What is the most you want to spend?" So we gave him a Rainman-esque figure, viz. "'bout a hunnert dollars", and he said he'd call us back next day.
And he never did.
So naturally we waited like a couple of weeks to go back down to Kruger Smoothing to see what was up. (You can't call Art because Art never answers his phone.)
And he was like, "You know, there are wires in there that connect the various sensors to the display and the welding might get so hot it'll melt them and you'll have no working sensors." And I was like "RBR" — i.e., "Whatevs." Because all I wanted at this point was something pussy-@$$ed and recumbent that I could ride ... HARD!1!
And so yesterday it was ready (to be accurate: who knows how long it was ready? I went to pick it up yesterday) and now I have it back and everything works on it. Sensors and all. I rode 1 full pussy-@$$ recumbent mile on it to test it. The first bike mile I've done since May 27.
All-in-all, it took nearly 7 months and sixty dollars to fix this. So I was right to call the place Kruger Industrial Smoothing.
This morning, out in the street (where it was frigging cold and about to snow), I did 6.51 miles in 57:18 for a 6.8 mph pace, and an 8:48 average. I have not run that far that fast in quite some time. Evidently, I need the motivation of potentially freezing my n*ts@ck off to reach my full potential speed-wise.