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    Just smang it. EpicSchwinn's Avatar
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    On the next episode of "'People Who Shouldn't Work on Bikes" ...

    Just discovered that the previous owner of my Trek used a die grinder on the chainring to make it clear the chainstay. Anybody else uncover some nightmare repair jobs while going over their used bikes?


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    Grumpy Old Bugga europa's Avatar
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    Don't be silly, he was removing some unnecessary weight, the extra clearance was just a bonus.
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

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    i think were overlooking the obvious aero benefit here
    ride bikes, eat food. the circle of life.

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    ITT: "What'd you **** up that you'd like to blame on someone else?"




    This jackass installed the seat clamp on my kilo. It broke.
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    Senior Member seau grateau's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    ITT: "What'd you **** up that you'd like to blame on someone else?"




    This jackass installed the seat clamp on my kilo. It broke.
    Just purpose-seize the post and remove the clamp. Shave much grams.
    Quote Originally Posted by adriano View Post
    thanckx.
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    "I made love to your mother dozens of times last week, and she doesnt know what a worn chain ring looks like"

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    You people are lightweights. I have done far sillier things than that to get a build to work.

    Come back when you have something to show me.

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    I work in a shop. We laugh at a lot of stuff.
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    You, I don't generally think of you as clueless. You're kind of ok.
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    for dynamic hybrid logics prooftheory's Avatar
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    I once used a hammer on a quill stem because it was too high and was bottomed out in the fork. I have no idea what good I thought that would do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
    I have no idea what good I thought that would do.
    Instant frustration relief.

    The former of Epic's Trek had it backwards. The proper method is to tighten crank arm, then put ratchet and socket in back pocket and ride---tighten crank arm until grinding noise stops. Custom fit.

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    My brother got a Zebrakenko that the previous owner tried to singlespeed with a quickrelease in back. The wheel kept slipping, of course, so he welded a couple washers onto the dropout to fit the quick release skewer through. My brother ended up using a hacksaw and a file and most of the dropout is now usable. At least he can adjust tension.

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    I've definitely shaved the back of the front derailleur clamp so 700x25s could fit without rubbing
    "Never argue with an idiot. He'll only bring you down to his level, then beat you with experience..."

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    The Empire forges on... ThimbleSmash's Avatar
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    Could of gotten this hot mess. I give you the really poor mans SS conversion crankset. IDK why I still have it, maybe it will be wall nostalgia if I ever open a shop.

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    Grumpy Old Bugga europa's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    I work in a shop. We laugh at a lot of stuff.
    Stuff customers have brought in or stuff you've done
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

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    One time I accidentally rode with a chainring bolt missing, ended up busting another bolt and bending the chainring in traffic. The bolts were a wacky size so I used some regular nuts and bolts to secure the chainring back in place and finished the day on it. Then I rode it for like three more weeks. It also had a bent chainstay from being run over and the bottom bracket was falling apart. That was a good bike.
    Quote Originally Posted by adriano View Post
    thanckx.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    "I made love to your mother dozens of times last week, and she doesnt know what a worn chain ring looks like"

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    I spy an HP 12c.

    One time I was helping a friend clean up a sw33t fixie he bought off of craigslist. When I went to fix the bar angle on the bullhorns by loosening the face plate of the stem and recentering the shim, half of the bars fell to the ground.
    Turns out behind the shim that was there, the bars were sawed down the middle. Considering we bought it brakeless, I'm assuming the seller had a death wish. It was a 4 bolt design anyhow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by europa View Post
    Stuff customers have brought in or stuff you've done
    Good question!

    Stuff customers have done, or stuff a friend of a customer who supposedly knows what they are doing have done.

    Very rarely something another actual shop mechanic has done. Including me...
    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus regarding mconlonx View Post
    You, I don't generally think of you as clueless. You're kind of ok.
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Had a customer who wanted bottle cages on his suspension fork legs so he drilled through the lowers and stanchions and bolted his cages on, completely locking out his nice suspension fork. We took pictures and sent them to RockShox for a warranty inquiry. Many lulz were had.

    Other notable custom drillings by customers: last week a guy's bike with sheet metal screws in his Cervelo P2 top tube to hold his Bento Box in place better; a while back a guy was bragging to me about drilling through his Trek Fuel EX frame and seatpost to install a bolt to keep his seatpost from dropping with his QR seatpost collar; another customer had a broken stem faceplate so they drilled and installed a bolt through the remaining portion of faceplate and handlebar.

    And the list goes on...

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    that's what would happen if my dad worked in a shop.....he's a firm believer that anything can be fixed with some self-tappers. most of the time he's right.
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    Grumpy Old Bugga europa's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnytheboy View Post
    that's what would happen if my dad worked in a shop.....he's a firm believer that anything can be fixed with some self-tappers. most of the time he's right.
    My dad works on the principle - do it up until it strips, then back off half a turn. He'd do well with carbon bikes.
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

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