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Old 05-17-21, 05:06 PM
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About a decade ago, a neighbor approaches me and says, hey, would you mind assembling a bike for me?

Radar goes up instantly. What kind of bike?

Amazon. I thought you could assemble it for me and I could ride it.

He shows me a pic on his phone. I tell him: Should have checked with me first, as I would have told you not to waste your time or money. Cheap balloon tire bike that will be no fun to assemble or maintain.

Here's what I'll do: You assemble the bike best you can, and I'll check it over and help you bring it up to spec.

He wasn't too happy with that idea, having envisioned doing no work whatsoever, but that's how it played out. He learned first-hand how difficult it is to bring up to spec, as I wasn't the one doing the work.
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