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    Quote Originally Posted by car!os View Post
    the wonders never cease.......

    some long haired hippy dude brought this in........someone decided it would be a good idea to ASSEMBLE (not work on....ASSEMBLE)...this piece.
    Me thinks I should test ride it with Jeff AND Carlos sitting on the other side!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aLaN View Post
    merry x-mas!

    what is that going on?
    I was going to put it on another ski-bike, a Trek KDR-1000 (a 24" kids road bike frame).

    I'm starting to rethink that, and instead I'm looking at building up a Trek Remedy frame. I've got enough spare parts laying around the house that all I need is a frame, crankset, and some discs..

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    aLaN.....it's a stunner alright......



    -dustin....so are you guys gonna beat the shit out of the Target bike? ball peen hammers and tossing the thing up against a light pole always work wonders.....




    fore.....one of the guyswas able to ride it with no one in the other seat....must have been a weird sight.....



    George....yeah....i was thinking about that....what if you put some dude in the 200 lbs. range on one side and a kid on the other.......
    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    Quote Originally Posted by car!os View Post
    so are you guys gonna beat the shit out of the Target bike? ball peen hammers and tossing the thing up against a light pole always work wonders.....
    So I was riding with Drew and Gravy Saturday morning. We passed by a garage sale and Mike spies an old beater bike for sale. Lightspeed Tim comments how it wasn't even worth trying to restore. To which, Gravy starts telling us that that wasn't the point. It was another bike he could drag behind his truck.

    He then proceeds to tell us about a certain bike frame that got tossed into the dumpster by its owner, "only to be retrieved and given a working over by the guys."

    "Oh, you mean, the ball-peen hammered bike?" I asked. He was stunned to know I knew about it. "Yeah, I read in the paper about a call to Alamo Heights 911. Someone called in a truck that was dragging something down the street causing sparks to fly that started a grass fire that nearly burned down a house..."

    For half a second, I had him going on how the police were looking for an older model black pick-up. He's got a pretty high BS detector though so I quickly confessed I really read about y'alls exploits here on Bike Mojo. We might make a Mojo out of him yet.
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    George....yeah...worked over.....smacked against a curb....beat with a ball peen hammer.....had large flourecent bulbs broken over it (that was drew's idea....it looked weird seeing it happen so maybe he's working on some other level)....and then having a 70 lbs pallette dropped on it......

    i finshed it up by peeing on it.....
    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    no beating. she took it back.

    today was freakin' nuts. at one point, all of use service guys turned into sales folk.

    so...i guess about 3months ago, this guy comes in and drops off his wheel. hardly speaks any english, scraggly, old wheel with lots of rust. we thought he needed a new tube and tire, so we replaced. guy took off without his wheel, so we just hung onto it.

    a month later he comes back asking for his wheel. it was thrown in the trash during a clean-up day just a few days earlier. we tell him we're not sure which wheel it was (which was true at the time...), so he needed to either describe it for us to the best of his abilities, or he needed to bring in the bike, so we can see if we've got a match. he leaves.

    2 weeks ago he comes into the shop and drops off his bike, mumbling something to Jane, then takes off. she's a bit fluent in spanish. Jane comes up to me, and tells me the story. i laugh, she laughs, we all have a good time. we have no idea why he dropped off the bike, or when he wants to return. he left it in the showroom.

    tonight, at closing, he comes in wondering if his bike is ready. apparently he wanted the bike to be up and running, which he told us "yesterday". i worked all day yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that, and he never came in. so, in the end, he wants us to replace his freewheel...of all things. the bike is trashed. he also wants a new front wheel...so the owner of the shop "donates" one. not too happy about that.

    i can't get the damn freewheel off. old, old Shimano 5sp...all the F/W tools we have are too wide, and we've got a ton. more importantly, the odds of this guy showing up tomorrow are just about 0, and we're going to put way too much time into getting the dang F/W off.
    And what they wanted, Was his eternal Slowdown.

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    make him buy the part before you agree to install it. then put it in a vice and hope you don't break the vice.

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    -dustin....no show?




    et al....got some rim damage from several wheels coming tomorrow......
    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    recently...the ETRTO (look it up) began to require that rims coming from certain countries (this affects mostly europe and the coutries that produce them) had to have wear indicators.

    in some cases....a rim will get used until a groove gets worn and then the rim ends up failing is a really bad way....the brake track blows away from the rim and the wheel.....and you get a spinning wheel with a hack saw blade hanging from it......

    anyway.....so lots of rims now have brake tracks.....some have dots or squares or whatever shape.....others have groves that run down the length of the brake track....i've never liked this ever since i'd seen them a while back.....

    and this is why......the break is right along the wear indicator. it's not the reason for the brake but you can start to see what would happen if it had just kept breaking apart at that point...spinning hack saw blade action......





    the gouge is from the brake shoe holder as the pads was prompt;y chewed off by the edge......







    and to follow that up... a touch of destruction.......

    i did not do this...the curb did......




    ok...so i was bored too.....








    one of the greatest perks that comes with the apron.....
    Last edited by car!os; 12-22-2006 at 10:56 PM.
    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    crazy guy was a no-show.
    And what they wanted, Was his eternal Slowdown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by car!os



    i did not do this...the curb did......


    Remember when you threw that wheel against the curb? Hehehe... That was awesome.

    The best part is that Fern recongnized the yellow paint and knew what had happend.
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    aLaN...i might have thrown it at the curb but the curb could have moved out of the way of the wheel......

    fern knows about proper wheel destruction.....






    et al.....got some more gold for today....a nice "setup" out on the front end.....


    bar tape jobs like this are rare......and i love them......






    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    Just wait until you see meat thermometor dude.

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    forgot to post this a while back.....


    so myself, saul, and brian i think were in service working on bikes......this had to have been the 23 or 21 of Dec......

    we'd dealt with a few folks just looking to get a bike tuned up...but no real big rushes of people yet......

    anyway...this lady (maybe 40s) and her mother (maybe 70s) come to the service desk....the lady has a bike that she needs work done on......some brand new dept. store kids bike with spiderman stickers all over it......

    look it over and see that the tires are flat and the front brake looks like it was just bolted on.....the cable wasn't even attatched.....

    it's super slow so i figure "what the hell".....

    so i take the bike and it's a crazy piece.....i tell the lady it'll take a minute so she can look around....

    the mother sits at one of the counters right infront of the service area.....i figure she's old...and probably waiting for the sweet release of death....so why stand when you can sit?

    anyway.....so i get to work and the conversation goes like this.......


    lady: thanks for doing this...it's a gift for an orphan.....

    me: ahhh...i see....



    poor bastard! it's not bad enough he's an orphan?



    lady: could you put some air in the tires too?

    me: yeah....no problem.....

    lady: oh! i almost forgot! i should get a helmet.....what do you think....




    i let saul take this one 'cause i bet the helmet will cost half of what the bike did....

    the mother's been sitting quietly all this time....




    lady: wait....are they expesive?

    saul: no not at all...we've got some kid's helmets that are about $30 dollars....

    lady: oh....well......i only paid $30 for the bike......



    this is some new level of cheap!

    and then...as if to momentarily gain some prespective.....



    lady: oh....no no...that's fine....i really should get him a helmet.....i don't want him to get hurt.....



    and from the mother....without a moment's pause.....



    mother: jane, he's _just_ an orphan......

    lady: oh....yeah...i guess you're right....ok...i'll just wait for the brake work.....



    i was trying to hold in the laughter at the old bag's comment......

    i mean....yeah! the old battle axe is right.....

    he's _just_ an orphan....he doesn't have feelings.....hell, he's not even human.....he's _just_ and orphan......



    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    we moved my bench today...weeeee. the move invovled some heavy metal destruction. no camera.
    And what they wanted, Was his eternal Slowdown.

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    A lawyer that I knew from a long time ago came in today with his kids bmx bike.
    I'm on the phone with another customer who wanted to give me his life story mingled with his questions about the bike he was interested in buying. After about five minutes the call wrapped up and I greeted an old friend who I used to play chess with. A former D.A. no less who had started checking his watch.
    It seems his kids rear brake was clamped to the rear wheel after a crash. So after spinning the handlebars twice to the counterclock and a few more with the clock the problem was solved. He blushed, said thanks and gave me his business card.

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    $200 worth of labor into a Next Instinct 20"-er with a dual crown fork. the ultimate urban assault vehicle...says so right on the frame.

    new derailleur (rear), new cables, new housing, new brakes, adjusting bb, tons of misc. bolts, plus all the labor for this stuff since he didn't want a tune-up, but insisted that all the work get done. not to mention the rust that is all over the bike. we have 20" geared Hotrocks for $249. i wonder if he's punishing his kid?
    And what they wanted, Was his eternal Slowdown.

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    When this kid plays with his GI Joes, he plays GI Joe

    Quote Originally Posted by car!os

    Just an orphan with his own handgun and automatic assault rifles! Who needs a silly polystyrene helmet when he's probably already got one of kevlar.


    So while little Billy goes out to ride his bicycle, Cuahtemoc gets down to taking care of business.


    (And you thought collapsible stocks were to make them more compact. Chale, it's so kids could use them!)
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    for some reason this last week felt long.....the cold on thursday and friday didn't help.....

    in other news......


    the top bag's got the kitchen sink.....




    remember Keef?




    home made repair work....wonderful job on the magnesium frame......







    and just as i'd finsihed cleaning it up....i found this....a crack....a rare event for sure (massive sarcasm there...)!



    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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    boy...i sure love working on SIDs......


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    It’s impossible to rate welding/brazing quality by looking at a finished frame joint, even an unpainted one. Files, sandblasting, and a good paint job can take care of that. Such a joint will look stellar unpainted, but won’t last. Yet people all the time look at frames and say, “Nice welding/brazing…” The point isn’t to make you paranoid, just to stop saying things like, “That’s nice welding/brazing,” when you see a painted/unpainted frame. -- Grant Petersen

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