Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 27
  1. #1
    Senior Member Pig_Chaser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Edmonton, AB
    My Bikes
    '07 Giant OCR3
    Posts
    1,144
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Ever worked on a co-worker's bike?

    Without their knowledge?
    A new bike showed up in the shop yesterday so I checked it out. It was a mountain bike and the front brake wasn't working. I tracked down the owner, he has commuted via bicycle before and I mentioned the brake. He kinda dismissed it. Well I just went to the shop to put my lunch container into my pannier and there was his bike right next to mine, still with a non-functional front brake. I decided to take a quick look. Seemed like the front cable stop was missing. No, it was there, it had just pulled back into the housing. I pulled it out... yada yada yada, one thing led to another and next thing I know, I found myself testing and fine tuning the brakes. I'm pretty sure he'll appreciate it but for some reason it still seems kinda wrong.

    His back tire was also on backwards, but I think I'll let that go.

  2. #2
    member. heh. lambo_vt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Williamsburg, VA
    Posts
    1,631
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wrong of you, I think. Especially adjusting brakes.

    What if you screwed it up and he crashed and was hurt?
    Last edited by lambo_vt; 09-02-09 at 01:58 PM.

  3. #3
    Senior Member mtnwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Sunnyvale, CA
    My Bikes
    '84 Centurion Accordo RS, '06 Gary Fisher Marlin, '06 Schwinn Fastback 27, '06 Litespeed Teramo
    Posts
    1,952
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You probably just ruined his "how long can I ride without front brakes" goal. Good job.
    "Of all the things I like bestos, I like asbestos." - A co-worker

  4. #4
    not a role model JeffS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
    Posts
    4,645
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How did you know the brake wasn't working in the first place?

    Quit messing with other people's stuff.

  5. #5
    Senior Member RedRider2009's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    2008 Trek 1.5, 2010 Trek Soho S
    Posts
    109
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Everybody seems so negative about your charity work, I personally think that was really nice of you. The poster who said what if he crashed and died...wtf? If anything he was more likely to crash and die because he had an dysfunctional brake. I generally would leave people's bikes alone in public, aside from pumping tires. Sometimes if I see a bike with really low pressure, I will just do it. I work at a bike shop, so I think it is alright.

  6. #6
    member. heh. lambo_vt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Williamsburg, VA
    Posts
    1,631
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RedRider2009 View Post
    Everybody seems so negative about your charity work, I personally think that was really nice of you. The poster who said what if he crashed and died...wtf? If anything he was more likely to crash and die because he had an dysfunctional brake. I generally would leave people's bikes alone in public, aside from pumping tires. Sometimes if I see a bike with really low pressure, I will just do it. I work at a bike shop, so I think it is alright.
    I wouldn't want anybody "working" on my bike without my consent. I'm sure Pig_Chaser is a just plain wonderful mechanic, but what if he's not?

    Is it "charity work" if you replace the brake pads in your neighbor's Taurus without his knowledge?

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Morrisville, NC
    Posts
    68
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Or what about the first time he grabs a handful of (in his mind) non-existent brake and endos?
    1989 Schwinn World
    2002 Trek 8000 Hardtail
    2008 Scott Speedster S40
    2007 Novara Buzz

  8. #8
    Senior Member MNBikeguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    05 Trek 5200, 07 Trek 520, 99 GT Karakoram, 08 Surly 1X1
    Posts
    1,834
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think the responses are skewed in this forum.
    Like most here, I would be PO'ed if someone tinkered with my bikes.
    OTOH, if I knew nothing about them, I'd be grateful for the assistance.
    "I thought of that while riding my bike."
    - Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity

  9. #9
    not a role model JeffS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
    Posts
    4,645
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MNBikeguy View Post
    I think the responses are skewed in this forum.
    Like most here, I would be PO'ed if someone tinkered with my bikes.
    OTOH, if I knew nothing about them, I'd be grateful for the assistance.
    I know he was trying to be helpful. What would one of your coworkers say though if they came out of work and found you bleeding the brakes on their car?

  10. #10
    Senior Member MNBikeguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    05 Trek 5200, 07 Trek 520, 99 GT Karakoram, 08 Surly 1X1
    Posts
    1,834
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm not following your comparative example, yet I think we may be on the same page.
    One of the beautiful things about bicycles is their relative mechanical simplicity compared to automobiles.
    "I thought of that while riding my bike."
    - Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Montreal
    My Bikes
    Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid
    Posts
    6,521
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I replaced the BB bearings on my co-worker's bike. My wife is away for the summer, so I will be getting a cooked supper in exchange.

  12. #12
    Didn't make it Bat22's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Weymouth, Mass.
    Posts
    932
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I pulled my workstand out of the basement to the alley to work on bikes for four
    coworkers this summer. I too have a great dinner coming.
    Ride like a teen machine

  13. #13
    Senior Member lil brown bat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Boston (sort of)
    My Bikes
    1 road, 1 Urban Assault Vehicle
    Posts
    3,878
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Pig_Chaser View Post
    Without their knowledge?
    Hell no. Point out an issue if I see it, maybe; lend a tool if there's a problem. Work on it without their knowledge and consent, no way.
    You have the right to your own opinion. You don't have the right to your own facts.

  14. #14
    This steel horse I ride Skones MickLoud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Warshington DC
    My Bikes
    1980something Schwinn Tempo
    Posts
    187
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Pig_Chaser View Post
    Without their knowledge?
    A new bike showed up in the shop yesterday so I checked it out. It was a mountain bike and the front brake wasn't working. I tracked down the owner, he has commuted via bicycle before and I mentioned the brake. He kinda dismissed it.
    Shoulda stopped there.

    I'd be livid if someone tinkered around with my bike without my knowledge. Especially if said someone had already mentioned it to me and I had dismissed the problem or percieved issue.

    I ride with my brake levers reversed, and would flip a pile of fecal matter if someone flipped them around and I endo'd, or couldn't stop effectively.
    The mission is the one that begins and ends with the mission.

  15. #15
    Senior Member Grim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Atlanta
    My Bikes
    Cannondale T700s and a few others
    Posts
    2,992
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I fix my co workers bike all the time. I sold three on the flip to one of them and two to another. I fix them when I notice something wrong.

    I would have fixed the brakes but I sure wouldn't have fixed brakes without warning them. I'd be worried they would grab for the fronts knowing there was next to nothing and then go over the handle bars when they had a full handle of brakes without knowing.
    You cant have a signature unless it fits in this box

  16. #16
    Senior Member MNBikeguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    05 Trek 5200, 07 Trek 520, 99 GT Karakoram, 08 Surly 1X1
    Posts
    1,834
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    NEVER! ....... says the group who take their bicycles very personally and seriously. Including me.

    Not everyone does. The OP didn't do a major change / overhaul; he put a cable back into place and adjusted what was already there.

    Here's a comparison - I use my ice skates once or twice a year. I'm sitting in the warming house and the hut-keeper offers to sharpen my blades because he noticed they're really dull. I give him a non-committal 'whatever' shrug. I go to get a cup of coffee and return to find he sharpened them. I would be glad but not ecstatic because I really don't care. I certainly wouldn't be angry.
    The hut-keeper then posts the story on an ice skaters board - people who buy quality equipment and take skating very seriously. "He didn't really care but I did it anyway" he says. People would be livid about what he did. "Completely out of bounds"! they would say.
    "I thought of that while riding my bike."
    - Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity

  17. #17
    member. heh. lambo_vt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Williamsburg, VA
    Posts
    1,631
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MNBikeguy View Post
    Not everyone does. The OP didn't do a major change / overhaul; he put a cable back into place and adjusted what was already there.
    I dunno, I feel like working on the front brake of all things is actually relatively major. I don't think I would have responded so negatively if the OP had cleaned the guy's chain or topped off his water bottles or something.

  18. #18
    This steel horse I ride Skones MickLoud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Warshington DC
    My Bikes
    1980something Schwinn Tempo
    Posts
    187
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MNBikeguy View Post
    The OP didn't do a major change / overhaul; he put a cable back into place and adjusted what was already there.
    Going from no front brake to a fully functional (I'm assuming) front brake isn't a major change?
    The mission is the one that begins and ends with the mission.

  19. #19
    Senior Member MNBikeguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    05 Trek 5200, 07 Trek 520, 99 GT Karakoram, 08 Surly 1X1
    Posts
    1,834
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Skones MickLoud View Post
    Going from no front brake to a fully functional (I'm assuming) front brake isn't a major change?
    I wouldn't call it one, unless the brake was previously entirely missing. Of course, he should tell him the brake is operational.
    Perhaps the OP could just ask the guy if he felt he was out of line and report back here.
    Maybe I'm way off base.

    To me (and most of you) adjusting a brake lever angle 2 mm is a major change.
    To a casual rider, making a busted brake operational would (seem to me) not be a violation of his/her personal preferences, boundaries, etc...
    Last edited by MNBikeguy; 09-02-09 at 09:14 PM.
    "I thought of that while riding my bike."
    - Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    204
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Have some real fun and reverse the brake levers!

  21. #21
    Two H's!!! TWO!!!!! chephy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Posts
    4,177
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Um, no. No. Don't touch other people's things. Certainly don't try to fix them.

    I was very tempted to fix a QR wheel once on a bike parked on the street. The owner didn't know what the hell QR was all about, so instead of flipping it closed, he just kept it in the opened position and tightened it as much as he could. I thought of leaving a note, but had no pen or paper on me, nor knew where to get it in the area on short notice. So I just left... they do have lawyer lips these days, after all.
    Stomping as lightly as I can...

  22. #22
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,373
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    If I see people riding a bike that is unsafe as in, the QR isn't closed I will mention to them and most are happy to find out how to adjust it.

    I also do a lot of roadside repairs... I adjusted a ladies mis-adjusted brake last Saturday morning, tuned up a 3 speed that was not shifting, trued up a messenger's front wheel on Monday...

    But I am a professional mechanic and always work with consent.

    Pig Chaser is an awesome guy and think he'd give you the shirt off his back but generosity has to have limits... before working on someone's bike always make sure they know you are doing this and get their consent.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Conifer CO
    Posts
    412
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Not a co-workers bike but I have fixed my share of flats for the neighborhood kids. I have the luxury of being able to ride to school in the mornings with my daughter. Her friends always ask me if I can help them.

  24. #24
    Mrs. DataJunkie Luddite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Vancouver, BC
    My Bikes
    Asama "Luddite" and Kuwahara MTB from the 90s
    Posts
    1,535
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Anyone who is qualified wants to swap my stem / put on a new seat on my road bike and put some air in the ole tires go right ahead, I have NO problem with it.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Boise, ID.
    Posts
    1,253
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Haven't worked on a co-workers bike yet. However I bought a junker Raleigh from my boss, and my Motobecane from a co-workers Husband.
    1993 Cannondale T700 - 1994 Specialized Rockhopper - Actionbent T1 (Electrification in progress!)

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •