Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gettin' what ya pay for

For the past few weeks, a new bike has been showing up at the rack in the building where I work. I'm glad to know there's another bike commuter in the place, but I feel a little bad for whoever owns this cheap thing, partially because of the stickers I noticed on it:There's this one just forward
of the bottom bracket shell,
and it's alarming enough.

Then there's this one affixed to the crank
on the, uh, left side of the bike.

Is it just me, or does this clearly translate to,
"This bike assembled by a minimum-wage
monkey we just hired away from McDonald's?"

3 comments:

Jeff said...

Back in the early 90's, my wife worked for a sporting goods store. This one kid who built bikes didn't have a clue. I'd just come in to visit Kristy, and there be angry mom's bringing back bikes that didn't work right. They weren't even safe! I even saw one where the chain guard bolt was rubbing the chain. Just sloppy. I fixed them when I could...

todd said...

It might also have to do with lawsuits.

Everything else does.

61north said...

We aren't being a bike snob, now are we?

Isn't the love of cycling the whole point? Maybe this individual will like bike commuting and eventually realize that a lighter, more reliable bike is worth the investment. Don't disparage someone for starting out at the bottom. My first two bikes in elementary school and high school came from Sears. I now ride a mid-level road bike built partially out of carbon fiber and it cost more than several cars I've owned.