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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    billy d is a chunkyversion of morgan freeman.

    i wish i looked like a movie star too.
    Which one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post

    i wish i looked like a movie star too.

    ....California.....beautiful people.......just sayin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
    Laced my first wheel. It took me like 2 and a half hours.

    Oy.
    ....I've been doing it for years, and when I haven't done it for six months or so, the first one takes a long time.

    You get faster after you get the idea of how it goes, and it's also faster if you do a number of them at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
    Laced my first wheel. It took me like 2 and a half hours.

    Oy.

    i spent 3 hours truing a wheel that only needed 2 spokes to be fiddled with. Oy vey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
    Which one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    ....I've been doing it for years, and when I haven't done it for six months or so, the first one takes a long time.

    You get faster after you get the idea of how it goes, and it's also faster if you do a number of them at the same time.
    I often put myself in the ditch, so to speak, when learning something like this. Then I sit there a spin in the mud for a bit until the light bulb goes off.
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    I have now spent four days as one of those despised creatures known as the Walmart assembler. The hardest part is not spending hours trying to tweak parts that were poorly manufactured/damaged in transit although some people would probably say I devoted way too much time the other morning to making sure the front wheel of a cruiser didn't rub on the fender. (A colleague said "That's probably good enough. I mean, that's what Walmart stuff is: basically good enough." Yeah, but before I was an assembler, I was a mechanic and I don't want it to be "good enough"; I want it to be right.)

    The hardest part is not deciphering the pictures and instructions clearly written in a language that isn't English then translated into English by someone who doesn't speak it very well. But I can tell already that a number of these items will be returned to the store because some parent has cracked the plastic windshield trying to put it in the frame or some kid has been injured falling on the small plastic bicycle attached to the Barbie bike that took two people and six hours of swearing to attach.

    No, the hardest part is feeling I'm way behind and there's no way in hell I can catch up with all the team-building activities we have to participate in. Some of what's slowing me down is the tool kit they gave me to assemble bikes and ride-ons. It had no pliers. It had no screwdriver. It has wrenches of a sort but they are, in fact, cone wrenches and as such do not, of course, ratchet. I have all of these things in my personal tools but I am supposed to be requesting the necessary tools be designated for "store use" and it's like pulling teeth. ("But you already got a screwdriver. You need another one?" Yeah. I need a Philips and a flat-blade.") Then there are the team meetings and the store-wide meetings and the twenty minutes we spent walking as a team around the outside of the store to admire it and the twenty minutes I spent waiting for a "salaried member of management" to show up to clean up the blood after one of my co-workers sliced his finger open on a metal strap because he was using my cable cutters instead of "aviation snips".

    There are 78 slots for bikes and 6 for ride-ons and they all need to be filled before we open in roughly three weeks. Someone should have been working on them since the 14th. I suppose it's silly to think of myself as being way behind when I only got the green light to start building/assembling on Tuesday. That is how I feel though. I'm delighted and excited to go to work every day because I'm getting paid to work with bikes and how cool is that? But I go home every day feeling I've only accomplished a fraction of what I needed/wanted to and that is much less cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
    Laced my first wheel. It took me like 2 and a half hours.

    Oy.
    How many times did you have to unlace one, two or 20 spokes.

    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    ....I've been doing it for years, and when I haven't done it for six months or so, the first one takes a long time.

    You get faster after you get the idea of how it goes, and it's also faster if you do a number of them at the same time.
    Truth.

    I try to build a pair of wheels at least once a year. I have been putting off putting a some new Shimano dynohubs into our touring bikes' front wheels.

    It also speeds the process when you are dealing with less than 36 spokes... or 32... or 28...

    But congratulations, Jonesy. You won't give your wheels a second thought until one day you stop and think "I built those, and they're still as good as the day that happened".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
    I have now spent four days as one of those despised creatures known as the Walmart assembler. The hardest part is not spending hours trying to tweak parts that were poorly manufactured/damaged in transit although some people would probably say I devoted way too much time the other morning to making sure the front wheel of a cruiser didn't rub on the fender. (A colleague said "That's probably good enough. I mean, that's what Walmart stuff is: basically good enough." Yeah, but before I was an assembler, I was a mechanic and I don't want it to be "good enough"; I want it to be right.)

    The hardest part is not deciphering the pictures and instructions clearly written in a language that isn't English then translated into English by someone who doesn't speak it very well. But I can tell already that a number of these items will be returned to the store because some parent has cracked the plastic windshield trying to put it in the frame or some kid has been injured falling on the small plastic bicycle attached to the Barbie bike that took two people and six hours of swearing to attach.

    No, the hardest part is feeling I'm way behind and there's no way in hell I can catch up with all the team-building activities we have to participate in. Some of what's slowing me down is the tool kit they gave me to assemble bikes and ride-ons. It had no pliers. It had no screwdriver. It has wrenches of a sort but they are, in fact, cone wrenches and as such do not, of course, ratchet. I have all of these things in my personal tools but I am supposed to be requesting the necessary tools be designated for "store use" and it's like pulling teeth. ("But you already got a screwdriver. You need another one?" Yeah. I need a Philips and a flat-blade.") Then there are the team meetings and the store-wide meetings and the twenty minutes we spent walking as a team around the outside of the store to admire it and the twenty minutes I spent waiting for a "salaried member of management" to show up to clean up the blood after one of my co-workers sliced his finger open on a metal strap because he was using my cable cutters instead of "aviation snips".

    There are 78 slots for bikes and 6 for ride-ons and they all need to be filled before we open in roughly three weeks. Someone should have been working on them since the 14th. I suppose it's silly to think of myself as being way behind when I only got the green light to start building/assembling on Tuesday. That is how I feel though. I'm delighted and excited to go to work every day because I'm getting paid to work with bikes and how cool is that? But I go home every day feeling I've only accomplished a fraction of what I needed/wanted to and that is much less cool.
    A friend of mine was engaged to build bikes for an LBS. He simply lined up the frames in an open room and in front of their boxes, and worked his way along them putting the items on them.

    You can go only so far with trying to "tune" bad bikes. It's the point that has been made on BFs thousands of times over the years. Crap in, crap out, and no amount of polishing the turd is going to change that.

    I was a little surprised you wanted to go this route and take a pay cut to do it. It's going to conflict with your bike principles forever. I was told once that the best business people are those who don't engage in their passion. The same LBS as above was run by the daughter of the owner; she was an architectural graduate with a strong arts bent. She had little to no interest in cycling, but made a hugely successful bike shop manager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    billy d is a chunkyversion of morgan freeman.

    i wish i looked like a movie star too.
    I saw a picture of your legs once.

    Marilyn Monroe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
    In the near future you folks better hope Internet Brands (Bike Forums) has deep pockets. This will totally change the internet as we know it today.
    That's honestly pretty scary.

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    Thrasymachus had it right all along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    That's honestly pretty scary.
    +1, I can see it getting implemented as the large powers both in the private and public sectors feel they will gain from it... one for $$$ and one for more control.

    Suck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbie53 View Post
    +1, I can see it getting implemented as the large powers both in the private and public sectors feel they will gain from it... one for $$$ and one for more control.

    Suck.
    Exactly, which is why I've never bought into the Big Corporation vs Big Government thing. Both are run by folks out to profit and control. Just two sides of the same coin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbie53 View Post
    I saw a picture of your legs once.

    Marilyn Monroe?
    flatterer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    How many times did you have to unlace one, two or 20 spokes.
    I thought about it when I got to the first set of crosses. But I went for a short walk with Benson and the feeling passed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
    In the near future you folks better hope Internet Brands (Bike Forums) has deep pockets. This will totally change the internet as we know it today.
    This is why I was none too happy when Netflix set a precedent in paying off Comcast to not throttle back their bandwidth. It's also why I'm rooting for guys like Al Franken (yes, formerly of SNL) who are championing the net neutrality cause.
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    ....California.....beautiful people.......just sayin'.
    I was out there once. Went into some fancy coffee place. Every single person was drop dead beautiful. I felt like an ogre. Give me Indiana fatsos any day. I feel beautiful out here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    ....California.....beautiful people.......just sayin'.
    Quote Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
    I was out there once. Went into some fancy coffee place. Every single person was drop dead beautiful. I felt like an ogre.
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    i visited california. full of fatties. i was so disappointed after watching baywatch.
    coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer

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    ....proving that no rule is an absolute!
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    i think i am addicted to burritos.
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