Why your bicycle mechanic drinks...

Discussion in 'Sports' started by surly357, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    Messing around with my photos and ran across a few cell/camera pics from work, thought I'd put them together for a little fun. Faces have been digitally altered using the latest FBI technology...

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    Sweet mods...


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    I think something might be wrong....


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    Tragic...


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    The worst bottom bracket in the world, consisting mostly of ferrous dirt...


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    I never knew my coworkers could move so fast...


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    Oh crap...


    Not really, it's just old tire sealant from a tube spilled on a workbench...

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    This, however IS an actual trail of splat left by a customer...:puke1


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    Now get back to work before you break something...


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  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Humph

    That ain't nuthin. The REAL fun happens when a type A roadie or triathete comes in the day before 'the big ride' demanding that you completely rebuild his bike for the next day.

    Then when you do, he bitches that there's a scratch on the bike in a place you didn't even touch!

    :bluduh

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  3. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    not really where i was going, just posting some things that struck me as funny at the time...:D
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  4. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    Which is why I tip mine with either beer or $$ to buy booze of choice.

    thankless task like being a school teacher.
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  5. SV_Dwayne

    SV_Dwayne Been here awhile

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    I used to work in a shop for a couple years, so I've seen most of the things you posted... but this one made me :eek1

    I also liked the uncut fork with 10" of spacers... that's sweet :rofl
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  6. melville

    melville Long timer

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    I once installed a Mavic Zap kit for a guy who was riding Seattle To Portland (10000 rider group ride) the next day. Wheelbuilds, crank/BB, cassette, chain, and the rear derailleur. He had to buy the whole gruppo.

    He did not tip with hookers or blow, the bastard! And I'm quite sure he had ready access to both. In fact, no tip whatsoever.
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  7. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Actually, that looks to be a clamp-on, stem riser. And, a stack of spacers. :lol3

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  8. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    A wrench friend of mine once came up with a rap titled "Aero Bars on my Hybird"

    :rofl
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  9. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv € Fl Keys Fishing Guide €

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    I sometimes hang out at my LBS and see some of the stuff posted here. It is amazing how some peeps treat their bikes, let alone the mechanics and want their POS bike fixed yesterday too...
    Some people just suck..:bluduh
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  10. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    no,no, no!

    NOT where i was going! NOT another whiny-ass "i hate retail thread!".

    i've been at this WAY too long to get wound up about these things. just having some FUN with the stuff that makes you shake your head...:D


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  11. redirt

    redirt Been here awhile

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    I've worked in a few bike shops, I've seen some of that flavour of maintenance :rofl but when I started one bike mechanic job, my friend says "I've never put on so many milkcrates since i started work here..". Working in a low-income (Vancouver, Downtown east side) neighborhood gave me some good people skills though. I really like the magnetic grit BB though! :freaky
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  12. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    Ha! Gummee's recent post in the bicycle thread made me remember this...


    Again, just some things that struck me as funny at that moment...



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  13. Schnickelfritz

    Schnickelfritz pick, grin, repeat

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    You say it rolls funny?

    Hmmm.

    Could be any number of things...
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  14. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    Goat head thorns.

    Made me just about give up riding.
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  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I may have to start contributing to this thread. :nod

    I see lots of lawn furniture grade bikes with 'interesting' mods.

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  16. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    This next bike almost deserves it's own thread.

    I don't even know what to say.....




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  17. fz6kd7

    fz6kd7 Been here awhile

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    Yea thats an interestin' bike right there.
    Just needs alittle work.

    Sad thing is the owner probably rides more
    miles than i do, seen a few similar like that in vegas
    and here somebody would steal it.
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  18. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Ultra-rare "Beer Runner", right there. Hell yeah! :clap
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  19. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Had a woman drop off a couple of bikes, while I wasn't home. The instructions were to move the wheels from her old bike to her "good" bike, because of brake squeal.

    It turns out that she had acquired a prototype Roadmaster with tuned ride characteristics. Notice that it has the tried and true monobeam downtube and well-thought-out triangulation.
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    Notice the manipulated downtube profile, specifically designed for maximum power transfer.
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    It has an owner-removable toptube.
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    I wasn't able to score a ride on this mechanical wonder, as it has some kind of unseen-before cable system. My loss.

    Unfortunately, the prototype's wheels were mismatched and had been thrashed by some unnamed pro rider. That led me to removing the highly specialized coating from the brake track of the "good" bike's wheels, using a DA sander.
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    In addditon, I swapped the pad spacers around, to get more leverage from the super-stiff sidepulls. Unfortunately, the brake pads are made of some kind of experimental, vinyl-type plastic. It has stupid amounts of grip, but, in a squeaky kind of way. We need an upgrade, here.
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    Only the best USA design theories and Chinese manufacturing techniques went into this jewel.
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    I salvaged the prototype's one-off, ultra-lightweight, 2.7mm bottle cage and transferred to the "good" bike.
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  20. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Gotta love the lawn furniture grade bikes.

    :razor

    I've managed to talk a few owners out of fixing theirs with sky high estimates. I've managed to send a few more across town to different shops. The one I like I'll send good stuff too since my turnaround's 9-ish days.

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