Occasionally, I get a really bizarre phone call – people want all sorts of weird stuff, it turns out. In most cases, I politely decline to build whatever the person is asking for, offer a bit of advice and perhaps a reference to someone perhaps able to do what they want, and we part ways amicably.
Here’s how today’s call went down:
Me: This is Walt.
Guy: I found you on the internet, need a custom fork.
Me: Ok, for what kind of bike?
Guy: Santa Cruz 2000 Superlight.
Me: Wha? You want a rigid fork on your suspension bike?
Guy: No, I want a custom suspension fork. The fork on my bike is blown out and seals don’t hold.
Me: Buy a new fork. They still make 1 1/8 forks, and there are a ton used on Ebay.
Guy: But mine is a _SID_. I just want new uppers made for it.
Me: I can’t do that for you. Get a new fork. Almost anything is nicer than a 16 year old SID!
Guy: But they don’t make v-brake ones anymore.
Me: Um, get a new wheel and a disc brake? Or like I said, ebay.
Guy: Seriously, are you saying you won’t make me new uppers?
Guy: Well, thanks for nothing! (expletive) I guess you don’t do *real* custom stuff (rant continues)…
Thanks for the laugh, dude.