September 27, 2016

Today’s dose of humor

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?

Me: Yes.

Guy: Well, thanks for nothing! (expletive) I guess you don’t do *real* custom stuff (rant continues)…

Me: Goodbye.


Thanks for the laugh, dude.


3 Comments on “Today’s dose of humor

September 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm

You should have done it …. for $10,000.

September 29, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Make me a ham sandwich!

T. Dennis
October 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Awesome. On my website museum, someone complained that I didn’t list all of the tubing specifications for the bikes shown. He said it was critical information for people to make decisions about what vintage bikes they might want to acquire. I told him I spent months putting the website together for the benefit of the cycling community. I told him that if you are still lusting after some old bike you once dreamed of owning, the tubing really didn’t matter. That’s when he lost it and said I just needed to have the last word and closed with “blocking you now.”

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