GOOD OLD Coral Way Bike Shop
Man, it pays to patronize the LBS.
As you all know, several weeks ago I took a header, flying through the air.
The eZee wound-up its self, its wire lead-ins, in the steel dropouts, but the front wheel,
of course, it did not come off. Lawyer lips, tight nuts, all perfect. Yet, I shall fit a torque arm soon.
The top of the stem took a mighty bash; I =could= have re-used it;
hell, I could have re-used the spread-lip fork. I just won't do that.
From the LBS, that $200 chinese cruiser. Locally imported, distributed, SunKruiser.
Ordered a new fork three days ago.
Yesterday the fork arrived, but it was the wrong version: with lugs for caliper brakes.
Ray got on the phone with JB Importers. "SORRY".
"We'll have it tomorrow by five PM, the right fork."
"Alberto will pull and re-mount the headstock bearing ring---special puller and press tool".
Here it is. What's next? Tonight I fill the hollow steel (which is so strong, anyway),
with semi-hard bartop epoxy. This makes the fork much stronger yet, and I =could=
soak it for a month in the bay water: no internal rusting possible.
The drain holes you see are universal to all bikes.
All steel bikes are wet inside from wash and rain water.
They rust, invisibly, and some year, will fail at some unexpected time.
Not so, this bike.
Big pictures to come soon will show the epoxy step.A stiff fork is the best fork
, sorry dissenters, KWYADAWYADI?
a blowhard, sheesh! -----
back at the bike shop a half hour ago, this scene:
The customer ahead of me had in hand a broken, nearly new, seat post.
What's it made of? Carbon fiber shite! Carbon fiber fatigues and breaks with NO warning.
Lucky him, it was only a seat post and not a stem or frame or fork.
Steel, mild, old, alloy steel for me. No Reynolds tubing; no brittle, fatigue-possible cro-moly.
Cheap, strong, parts available, I will now epoxy fill and tomorrow or the next day,
paint it with the most beautiful yellow oil paint, by brush;;;it will look sprayed-on.
And you will soon see a safety yellow bike. The yellow I ended up getting is Benjamin Moore Impervo,
because nobody locally carries Rustoleum in safety yellow. I got the color custom: of five or seven shades of yellow, I got the brightest, purest yellow: the same yellow as seen on Chevy products like...
Excited to soon be in the saddle again,
and re-viewing the Robin Hood clip again
.My staff (fork) shall not fail me again, forsooth!