What was the first Blemish on your new bike?
A while ago my Cove Stiffee was resprayed under warranty because it had pealing flaking paint. Fair play to both Silverfish and Argos, the resprayers, excellent service all round.Posted 8 years ago
Anyway, the frame arrived back immaculate in it's new paint, I'd cleaned and polished all the components and rebuilt it to shining perfection, everything just so, various new bits etc.
Less than a week later I put it into my van to drive to a ride start point, got there and found that a steel protrusion in the van had been rubbing against the seatstay all the journey, there was a large raw gash in the new paint. Gutted. 🙁OnzadogSubscriber
When I built up my six pack, I had it in the work stand, headset and forks were fitted (Fox Van 36). putting the cables and hoses on, I turned the bars to check the length and found that the rebound adjuster in the fully out position was just enough to cut into the paint under the down tube. The worst part is, with the rebound set where I like it, it just clears. If only I'd set the forks up first!
Still, second ride out I got a huge rock bite on the downtube just in front of the bottom bracket and it's been like that for the last 4 years!
I know of a chap who take a screw driver to a brand new bike and intentionally puts the first scratch in so he doesn't have to worry and can just get on with riding!Posted 8 years ago
Curious how long that "new bike" feeling lasts where it is pristene and you clean it twice a day with your tongue…
Did my 15 hour fork service today and, despite care, I have a few lever marks in the paint at the top of my stantions. Thats it now. Next time I am out, I can smack 'em on the nearest tree and wont give a hoot; they are already soiled! (NB under the seals was clean as a whistle and the foam rings were nice and juicy…may leave it a few more hours next time)
what was yours?Posted 8 years ago
Dancake – Member
oh.. and what forks have painted stanchions or levers that can scratch them?
They are Fox Float 140. Paint is so soft you could bite them and leave teeth marks
Erm, that's your lowers. Stanchions are the bits that slide in and out.Posted 8 years agodjgloverMember
What! I think mountain bikes are for riding, and falling off, so even my 8 month old whyte XC bike is covered in scratches and cable rub, the rear wheel has been rebuilt already, I don't expect to get more than 3 years life out of an mtb really.
My shiny new steel road bike is a different matter, I hope that looks like new in 15 years 🙂Posted 8 years agoalpinMember
forks hitting the downtube because the u-turn leaver wasn't flip down.
with my Alpine i covered all the cable rub spots i could think of. it turns out i didn't get all of them. slight rud on the headtube.
also got a slight gash on the toptube. not sure how.
i found an old road frame and spent ages sanding it down and then throwing several coats pf paint plus lack over the top. attached it to my bob trailer to take it to the bike shop in order to put it together. when i go there i realised the bob wheel was touching a seatstay and had burnt through the paint. the paint job looks a right mess now due the DIY paint job and various knocks. it's good because it means i couldn't give a flying monkey if it gets damaged now.Posted 8 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
My lovely BLT2 was about 1 month old. Over the bars on the black at Laggan, clipped in, broke the carbon bars. Literally left holding the RH grip with brake and shifters attached to nothing.
I am pretty anal about keeping my bike in good nick but am quite happy with all the minor battle scars picked up over the last yearPosted 8 years agoWhatWouldJesusRideMember
New Singular Swift with paint scratched to buggery on non drive side chain stay, due to grit finding it's way beneath plastic Rohloff cable clips. 🙁
Propped same bike against iron traffic bollard type thing, only for it to slide off and put very small dent in top tube. Still fuming over that one, bikes done maybe 250 miles. 👿Posted 8 years agocooganMember
Can't say it ever bothers me scatches and the like. I have a habit of crashing every new bike I've had first ride anyhow. Take it off road for a lark about, it's gonna get marked, why worry? Current 5 Spot is dented and scuffed and still rides schweet. New one will be a raw finish, so I'm likely to be even less bothered.Posted 8 years ago
I have to be a bit precious about my latest bike, as it's carbon – to the extent of protecting the downtube with some rubber….
My last Enduro had plenty of battle scars, but looking after it saw a return of 50% of what I paid for it after 3 years, whereas my mate who didn't look after his Stumpy saw a return of 17.5%Posted 8 years ago
Dancake the next time you service your forks why not take your lowers off with th bike upsidedown removing the basenuts, so no need to damage the lower levering the seals up.
TBH though, you should be able to do a lift/ clean/ squirt job without too much damage! I probably wasnt as careful as I claimed originally and I had had a few beers (Hence the silly Stantion/ lower naming faux pas)
Never mind; a few dents in the paint is a small price to pay if the payoff is increasing the life of your forks…(although as I said it was clean as a whistle under there and the foam was still wet from storing the bike upside down…)Posted 8 years ago
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