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Really Stupid Mistake!!!!!(23 posts)

Really Stupid Mistake!!!!!Cima Coppi
Jun 5, 2001 1:52 PM
I'd like some opinions on a really stupid mistake I made when ordering my new custom frame. I asked (for obviously cocky reasons) to have my name put on the top tube of the frame before the clear coat goes on. The problem, I forgot to tell the builder the correct spelling of my first name (Jon, not John). Well, the h was put in the name, and I'm really distressed over this. I have considered just putting a decal over the name once I have possession of the bike. Any comments? Should I just suck it up and live with it? I think I truly deserve the consequences of my actions.
re: You do.....WCC
Jun 5, 2001 1:57 PM
...but, they also should have asked you to write down exactlly what you wanted. Still, I think your gonna have to suck it up. Maybe ask them what it would take to correct it, if its possible.

Just curious, do you ever plan on selling the frame? If so, better hope theres a J-O-N out there who wants it.
I'll definitely be keeping itCima Coppi
Jun 5, 2001 2:17 PM
I've had my current bike for 14 years, and I bought this one to last just as long. When/if I sell it, I'll have it repainted.
re: Really Stupid Mistake!!!!!notes_clp
Jun 5, 2001 2:01 PM
It might bother you to know about this mistake,, but Jon and John sound alike,, so when someone yells your name on a ride what is the difference??
re: Really stupid idea...???Rusty Coggs
Jun 5, 2001 2:04 PM
Considered changing your name?
fix itfreespirit
Jun 5, 2001 2:13 PM
paint over the n and the upper part of the h, and you're home free
Jun 5, 2001 2:14 PM
Oh damn, that's about the funniest thing I've heard here yet!!! Just put a sticker over it. Otherwise YOU blew it, YOU pay for the re-do.
Really simple solutionpmf
Jun 5, 2001 2:35 PM
Get an attorney and change your name to John.

When he asks why you want to do this, just explain that your bike says John on it and you have to match. He'll understand.
Probably for free, toomike mcmahon
Jun 5, 2001 2:38 PM
Being a lawyer, and working with lawyers on a daily basis, I'm sure you'll have no problem finding a lawyer to handle a matter of such public importance on pro bono basis. I'd handle it myself, but I'm only admitted in CA. Good luck.
Jun 5, 2001 8:21 PM
another attorney... no wonder he is so prolific and seems to always have to have the last word
great!mike mcmahon
Jun 5, 2001 9:14 PM
Gee, another negative post from another (anonymous) poster who doesn't seem to have added any substance to the board.

P.S. Q: What do you get what you cross a lawyer and the godfather? A: Someone who will make you an offer you can't understand.
see what I mean!grrr
Jun 5, 2001 9:27 PM
ha ha sucker
I think your mommy is calling youpmf
Jun 6, 2001 7:15 AM
Got to eat it...cory
Jun 5, 2001 2:39 PM
As a CORY whose mail says COREY about half the time, I think you have to eat it.
If you'd told 'em JON and they added an H, it would be on them. Even if you were JOHN and they'd spelled it JON, you could claim they should have gone with the standard spelling. In this case, though, I think it was on you to tell them you aren't an ordinary John.
Got to eat it...Cima Coppi
Jun 5, 2001 6:17 PM
You're absolutely right. I'm not in any way trying to lay blame on my builder, because it was my responsibility to get him all the necessary information.
Didn't they have your name prior to .......Live Steam
Jun 6, 2001 6:02 AM
building the frame like some sort of contract? I can't believe any company would just start making a custom frame without having you sign a contract and getting a deposit from you. A credit card or check would have your name on it.
Didn't they have your name prior to .......Cima Coppi
Jun 6, 2001 6:56 AM
You are correct in that I put down a deposit via a credit card. The problem, I used my wife's credit card for the deposit!
Look on the bright sidepmf
Jun 6, 2001 7:41 AM
At least they didn't put her name on it.
Jun 5, 2001 5:39 PM
You have been correctly spelling your name for everyone for all of your would have been a miracle if it had been spelled 'Jon' without you telling them.....keep it as a reminder for the next time you order something 'special'....what's the old saying about getting bit by the dog??? :)
(No big deal, ride it for 6 months and tell your wife that you're going to order another one, but this time your name is going to be spelled correctly)
shouldn't be hard for them to fix.DrD
Jun 6, 2001 5:12 AM
Unless you did some sort of bizarre fade in the paint or something like that, the frame painter ought to be able to fix it without too much trouble - they will simply polish through the clear and the letters which need to go (probably remove the "hn" then repaint the "n"), re-clearcoat the section, then blend it in... really shouldn't be a big deal. (might cost some $, but you'll soon forget about the extra $50 or so to get the name right... if you leave it wrong, it's going to be there for a long, long time...

I'd get it fixed before taking delivery of the frame.
shouldn't be hard for them to fix.Cima Coppi
Jun 6, 2001 6:58 AM
Thanks for the advise. I'll contact the builder and see if they can have the painter do this. You're right, its worth the extra $$$ to have it corrected.
shoulda known betterD'Ohhh!!!
Jun 6, 2001 7:06 AM
isn't that something you've encountered your whole life???
The Only SolutionJerry near St. Louis
Jun 6, 2001 8:46 AM
John a.k.a. Jon,

There is only one thing to do. Get you name legally changed. My god man - it's your bike we're talking about here not something trivial like hurting your parents' feelings.