Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Somerset, KY -- near Lake Cumberland
Bikes: 1980 Univega; 1985 Ross; 1994 Trek 1400 -- all road bikes
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I talk to the dead!
You're gonna think I'm crazy, but here goes! I am a lousy mechanic, and always getting in trouble when I try to save money and fix my bike myself. I can't even screw a bolt on straight. But whenever I get my bike apart, and I don't know what to do, I call upon a gentleman who died three years ago, and he tells me what I have to do. His name is Smokey Yunick,and he was a crackerjack NASCAR mechanic back in the 1960's. He had many inventions, but was most famous for coming up with a 7/8ths Chevelle, which he raced at Daytona with Mario Andretti and cleaned house. This was before NASCAR got smart and applied templates to all entries to make sure they were stock. Can you imagine reducing a whole car by 1/8th? This cut the air flow over the car, and made it considerably faster, but you couldn't tell just by looking at it that it was smaller all over. Later on, when NASCAR started using templates, Smokey asked the inspectors if he could take their Chevelle template back to his garage to make sure he was legal. Stupidly, they agreed. So good old Smokey took the template back to his garage. Instead of changing the car body, he changed the template. He was able to pass inspection this way.
Anyway, I have Smokey's photo in my garage shop, and whenever I have a mechanical situation on my bike, I say out loud: "SMOKEY-- HELP! WHAT DO I DO NOW? And I'll be damned if I don't get an answer that works. And Smokey doesn't know a damn thing about bikes -- he's just a mechanical wizzard.
I go to church every Sunday, and call myself at least a marginal Christian. And I know talking to the dead is not a Christian principle. But it works! Next time you're in a mechanical bind, ask Smokey Yunick to lend a hand. He's a good guy (in spirit), and will give you the help you need. (I told you I was crazy)
"I am a true laborer. I earn that I eat, get that I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness, glad of other men's good, content with my harm." As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 2. Shakespeare.
"Deep down, I'm pretty superficial." Ava Gardner.
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