Shortest time from shiny to ruined?
Oakley glasses freshly glazed to my prescription with transitions lenses. Within thirty minutes of their arrival I was wearing them to break up some concrete. One shard of concrete later they have a chip in them 🙁 On the plus side they saved my eye from copping it 🙂Posted 2 years agoamediasSubscriber
New frame arrived, delivered, unpacked, placed on table to view, turned round to put kettle on…CLANG! as it fell on the floor, chipped paint off dropout and scratched top tube. Time, ~3 minutes
More annoying but almost as quick:Posted 2 years ago
New frame arrived, built that evening, admired and then leant up next to other bikes, friend comes to visit, props his BMX up next to it, CLANG! as it slips and his bars swing and puts a dent in my top tube 🙁sandwicheaterSubscriber
I have turned this little cock up to my advantage.
Have wanted to learn how to build wheels for ages so new rims ordered and a wheel stand.
Only cheap R501’s so not the end of the world.
The slat hoofage i’d receive to moot that idea hammy would not bear thinking about. She has a mean hoof.Posted 2 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
For me it’s the other way round, I’ve rarely damaged a new bit of kit in any way that bothers me but once something’s sold, it’s on dangerous ground, the number of times I’ve cleaned something up, got it ready to post then dropped it down the concrete stairs out the back or similiar…Posted 2 years agodangeourbrainSubscriber
I wrote of stone shiny new brakes putting them on the bike, gust of wind blew the stand over, the lever caught on a wall, bent and tore the master cylinder assembly apart.
On the upside two days later whilst still pondering the replacement cost I got a recall notice on them and they were replaced foc.Posted 2 years agofrankiMember
Bought a Genesis Io from Swinnos on Cannock Chase.Posted 2 years ago
Rode out from the shop and leaned it up against the trig point for a new bike photo. I took a few steps back and it slipped & fell, deeply scratching the seat stay & seat tube.
Not exactly ruined, but permanently damaged in about 10 mins flat. 🙄MoreCashThanDashSubscriber
I bought a Renault 5 1.7 GTX back in the day.
Driving it home, stopped to let an oncoming car overtake cars parked on their side of the road – it was a friendly kind of village – the **** behind me takes no notice and overtakes me into the path of the oncoming car and wallops my wing mirror. About 20 minutes of ownership.
I admit I rather lost it, and pursued him up the – residential – road. Came to my senses when I realised we were doing 60 past my old primary school…. 😳 Not my finest hour.Posted 2 years agopictonroadSubscriber
Decided that I’d like some new bars that were just a smidge wider than the old ones, 20mm each side. Splashed out on some lovely carbon Eastons.
Didn’t do the bike stand up properly and the bike fell out landing right on the edge of a slab on the end of the new bars, splintered the end off one side, had to cut it shorter. 20mm shorter. 😐
Delivery to damage, 20 minutes maybe.Posted 2 years agorocketmanMember
Our marriage didn’t get off to a very good start when mrs rocket accidentally caught my trusty Proflex while it was leaning against a wall and caused it topple over into the corner of the wall, thus gouging the top tube.
Fortunately she was able to redeem herself some time later when my motorbike was parked on the drive and it started to rain, so she decided to bring it in to the garage. She lifted it off the sidestand took a few steps and inevitably overbalanced. Fortunately the bike fell on top of her so it was undamaged.Posted 2 years agoghostlymachineMember
New Subaru Forester
One place i worked they had a rogues gallery at the end of the production line showing the damage to brand new cars and the face/name of the culprit. You’d be amazed what damage you can do in the kilometer from the end of line to the delivery/distribution centre.
They had to take it down in the end as management weren’t happy about it. And i suspect it’d be covered under some sort of bullying in the workplace legislation now!
I’m probably safe to say that many of them went to be reworked and repaired, then sold on to unsuspecting customers. They will all have rotted into nothingness by now (it was 20 years ago, and they certainly weren’t collectable!)Posted 2 years agotpbikerMember
I had a stans rim that lasted a mile before combusting on a rock after I ripped the sidewall of an equally brand new tyre
New bike that I received in Jan had tubes wrapped up in foam and tape. A stanley knife will take that off no worries I thought. A couple of quick cuts and I’d also cut through the down tube stickers. No biggie, but annoying all the same.Posted 2 years agobeardo74Subscriber
New Giant Defy bought a few years ago. Unpacked the box, attached the handlebars, attached pedals, raised the seat a bit and climbed on for the first sit on my new steed. I hadn’t tightened the seat clamp enough. Seat post slips down and jams fast in the narrow bit of the seat tube. B*gger.
Then I see the warning note in the box…….!!!Posted 2 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
My mate paid close on £2k for his Intense frame.
Carrying it down to the shed, he dropped it, smacking the down tube onto a step. Impact cracked through the down tube.
Distraught, he phoned the shop, explained what had happened & asked for a price for a new front triangle.
After speaking to Intense, the Shop called back shortly after.Posted 2 years ago
Intense said that seeing as he hadn’t tried to fake a warranty claim, they were replacing it free of charge…!!!
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