OKEY DOKEY! Now on to the present.
Yesterday was one of those Monday's! I should have known, from the happenstance of the ride in yesterday, that it was going to be interesting. But ever the glutton for self flagellation, I didn't run home and climb back into bed, but instead tempted Fates humor.
In retrospect, a long nap would have been preferable. Got to the shop, did the morning thing, then got to work on a couple of newbies. I should have know, again, the day was going to be odd, when, I went to take a sip of my coffee, and while doing so inadvertently coughed as I swallowed, which forced the contents back out, explosively! But that wasn't the worse part. For some inexplicable reason, at that exact moment, I inhaled sharply through my nose...and took a healthy portion of the regurgitated coffee up it! LORD! Thank heavens no one was around or they might of thought I had gone rabid! Ever cry tears of gas station House Blend? I don't recommend it!
Once recovered, I set to work on the Schwinn Aluminum Comp MTB we got in on trade the other day. Teenage boy had beaten on it, but it's fate was sealed, when he left it on the floor of the garage and Mom ran over it. Now, for a moment, far be it from me to preach (*cough, cough*) but, if you are of diminutive stature, you really shouldn't be driving a honkin' big SUV. This is the third bike she has driven over. Just sayin'! ANYWAY! It needed some big time work, however, foolishly, I didn't give it a good once over before I started the work! ARRGH! Yea, you see where this is going! Got three quarters of the way done when I realized the rear derailleur mount was completely stripped out, so in order to make it work I had to get...creative! Finally made it function, but took far longer then I would have originally dedicated. Had I been smart, and checked it, would have just parted it out!
Second BONEHEAD maneuver I did actually started on Saturday. Had a scrap truck come in, and picked up several goodies. Now, the price we paid was based on a Specialized "Hard Rock" in the bottom of the pile. The frame looked good, even though some of the more insignificant components were gone, so I took everything gladly. Without so much more of a glance I put the Hard Rock in Bone Row, and stripped the remainder down for parts. After finishing the Schwinn, I popped this one in my rack, stripped it down, and it wasn't until I went to clean the frame that I realized...It was NOT a Specialized!!! ARRGH!!! It is the same color, frame style, seat, components, even the graphics were identical silver and pink, right down to a stylized "S" on the head tube, but turned out to be some "No-name" knock off! OY. Well, always the trooper, pressed on, and ended up turning it into a really sharp looking and riding 15 speed urban comfort commuter. I mean, it's got the same rigging as a Hard Rock, just not the name! It should make someone a real happy rider!
At that point, I decided to call building, a day!
Today, I have HIGH hopes for! Started out ok, and have had a slew of repairs come in already, so my fingers are crossed!
OK, speaking of which, I best cut it off here, as between those last two sentences, have had two more repairs come in. I best get hustling!
See ya soon!
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