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Worry Wart Tipped Over His New Pashley

Old 06-01-14, 09:49 PM
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Worry Wart Tipped Over His New Pashley

Just got a Pashley Roadster Sovereign and am getting used to the rear drop-down "kickstand"... just discovered (the hard way) that it really needs to be deployed on an even surface. The bike just fell over. Scratched the Brooks saddle a bit and a fender. I'm freaking out that I've done some kind of permanent damage. Bike seems to work just fine.

I think the first scratch is probably the hardest.

Has anyone done this to their Pashley? Are they generally robust enough to take it?

Thanks to anyone who can help me freak out less.
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Old 06-02-14, 04:44 AM
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Some damages are more irritating than real. If a bicycle isn't robust enough to handle falling from it's kickstand, it wouldn't be robust enough to ride. Brooks saddles are supposed to sustain a skuff or two and then they're supposed to gradually change color. A brand new looking Brooks is the mark of a rookie.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
. A brand new looking Brooks is the mark of a rookie.
So might you argue is this thread.

To the OP, RG is right. Everything really ought to be fine unless you're really​ unlucky.
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Old 06-02-14, 11:47 AM
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I've been told a good way to patch up the scratches is with nail polish in a matching colour.

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Old 06-02-14, 12:06 PM
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Old 06-02-14, 07:52 PM
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I think there's little doubt that you just destroyed a fine bicycle. If you'll package it up and sent it to me, I'll dispose of it for you.
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All kickstands have the potential to dump a bike. <--- Generalization
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I think there's little doubt that you just destroyed a fine bicycle. If you'll package it up and sent it to me, I'll dispose of it for you.
There are better facilities for recycling bikes where I live.

I sure as heck wouldn't ride that fell of a kickstand . . . . really, truly I wouldn't.
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Materialism is a *****.

I don't know how many times I have gone through the "first scratch" experience. It never gets easier, at least not for me, but I always get over it, eventually.

As for putting your mind at ease, about the only thing to worry about with respect to damage to a steel frame bike, is a sharp crease-like dent in a tube. That crease creates a stress riser in the tube, and overtime the steel will fatigue, and eventually a crack will form. Even then, it can take years from the time of the dent to the time of the crack formation, and when it does form, it likely won't be catastrophic. Then you have an excuse to get a new frame and experience the "first scratch" all over again.
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I just checked out the bike:

Pashley Cycles - Pashley Roadster Sovereign

To the OP: this bike is a tank (and I say that in a good way); it is a reproduction of a kind of bike that has survived decades in working order throughout much of Europe. It is also black; it doesn't get any easier to touch up than this. The saddle is a brooks; that is one tough saddle.
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I would have thought, also, that the form of kickstand it has would be more accepting of less than even terrain. Learn something new everyday.

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Old 06-03-14, 09:10 AM
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Sorry about your scratch. I absolutely love these bikes. You must feel like you're riding around in a Stutz Bearcat or an Auburn Boat-Tail. They exude the grace of a bygone era. I just wish they were a little lighter.
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Old 06-03-14, 11:41 AM
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I just wish the frames were smaller!

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