Re: [CR] Fundamental Rite of Passage

Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 18:47:35 -0600
Subject: Re: [CR] Fundamental Rite of Passage
From: "Steven L. Sheffield" <>
To: Classic Rendezvous <>
Thread-Topic: [CR] Fundamental Rite of Passage
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Dunno if this qualifies as a "fundamental rite of passage", but for a long time, whenever I assembled a new bike of my own, I made a point of nicking the paint somewhere to help me get past the "new bike, must protect at all costs" syndrome ... because once nicked, I could ride them without worry.

The very first nick came while filing the steerer after cutting down, while the fork was still installed in the frame, instead of putting in soft-jaws on a bench-vice, and clamping it there ... file slipped, and dinged the paint on the top tube.

I was way disappointed ... but became almost superstititious about repeating it thereafter for a few years, although afterwards, I generally tried to nick the paint someplace less noticeable.


Steven L. Sheffield
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