A while ago I bought a bright pink secondhand Turner 5-spot frame from Nigel aka ‘brownpants’ via the classifieds. The frame arrived and I was quite disappointed by the condition of the paint (ie. not quite as described). I put this back to Nigel and he very generously refunded me a small amount to go towards having the frame repainted. He didn’t need to do this and he could have put me down as a fussy buyer, but he stood up to the plate and for this I am massively appreciative.
The frame was repainted and thanks to a little further wallet-bashing (new kashima rp23 shock, original Turner downtube transfers, replacement Zerts and a new-style headtube badge) care of Silverfish and CRC, I was almost ready to go.
Greg @ Turner in the States was massively supportive throughout with advice etc and also sent through the chainstay protector (which is a cut-down version of that for another model) and some further frame transfers (including some very natty pink Turner stickers as I mentioned the frame was for my wife), all of which were posted out to me f.o.c.
Putting the frame back together, I managed to break one of the journal bearings. Greg @ Turner was ready to send some out to me, but before I could get that sorted out, a SOS post on STW on Monday evening led to a flurry of responses from STW members, all keen to help out. One such STW member was Gary aka ‘Gary_C’ who emailed me at 10pm that evening to say that he had some spares (plus a main pivot shaft too) which he would happily send out to me. He posted them first class the next morning and they arrived with me today. The frame is now complete and ready to build up tonight. Gary was insistent that he didn’t want paying for the bearings or the postage, but I might wish to chuck some money in a charity box. Rest assured that I shall!
So there we have it…. Rather than the usual stories of people being ripped off through the classifieds, some clear evidence that there is something that binds us bike-nuts together and that STW is a great place to benefit from it.
Cheers Nigel & Gary… my wife is stoked!
Here are a couple of pics of the finished item:-