|Busted by the Mrs.||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 6:24 AM
|On the way home last night I came across a friend and we stopped to chat. While we were discussing current events a nice looking young woman came up to us in some distress and asked if we knew anything about bikes. She was walking a new looking fairly nice Giant road bike.
Her cleat had slipped and she couldn't get her foot into the pedal. Well I whipped out my Allen wrench set and fixed her up-tightened her other cleat while I was at it. As I am doing this James starts to flirt with her a little bit and she ends up offering to make dinner for us. (??#?*!!!?? Why didn't things like this happen while I was single?)
Anyway I started to notice how poorly her bike was put together. Her front QR was screwed in instead of clamped, her front brake QR was open, her tires were underinflated and all the cables were loose. I showed her how to use her QR and asked her about her bike. She had just picked it up from a shop! The shop she bought it at is fairly well thought of around here, I was amazed how poorly the thing was assembled and serviced.
I didn't know how to tell her what a poor job the shop had done on the fairly nice bike she had just bought. How can you tell someone something like that without sounding like a jerk? I just suggested she take it back to the shop and ask about the brakes and shifting. But if they did such a poor job before I don't have much expectation that they will do better the next time. Is this common? I sure am glad I don't have to rely on shops for my bikes.
In the meantime unnoticed by me Miss M had shown up and had been quietly listening in to the flirting going on. She was just standing there laughing at us. Busted. So James heads home to his SO and I take off with Miss M (thinking about how nice it is to be married to a good friend). Oh well, at least Miss M made us a nice salad for dinner.
Sep 18, 2001 6:30 AM
|My Hubby's words to live by: "It doesn't matter to me where you get your appetite, as long as you come home for dinner." Said in his usual charming, mildly drawling, southern manner.
You and Humma need to have your own "to the rescue" show.
|I always confess to mine ...||Humma Hah|
Sep 18, 2001 7:18 AM
|... when I rescue a damsel. This is important because I am a TERRIBLE liar. I usually finish the story by comparing my SO to the damsel, always favorably.
Robert Heinlein's character Lazarus Long has a collection of quotes in _Time Enough For Love_. One of them is, "It is important that women be told they are beautiful. The less true it is, the more important it is." I rarely have to lie in this regard, but I can always fall back on the fact that the more I look at other women, the more I appreciate the one I've got.
Shucks, I'll even take mine over Miss M. Sure, Miss M is fit to the extreme, but somehow she doesn't look like as good a hug as mine. Mine's nice and soft. Miss M looks like she could HURT a guy.
|It's probably from the boxing classes she takes. nm||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 7:23 AM
|I've never been able to TRY to lie to my wife. I fudged the||bill|
Sep 18, 2001 8:07 AM
|cost of my Pegoretti by no more than 10% (my "friends" keep trying to convince her that she's a fool for believing it cost less than twice what it actually cost -- I need new friends). That's not a lie, is it?|
|My husband lied to me once. nm||Spinchick|
Sep 18, 2001 8:11 AM
|bet you got her #||I'm SPecial|
Sep 18, 2001 6:35 AM
|You playa you!|
|Are you nuts? With the MRS right there? nm||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 6:37 AM
|You are one lucky man.........||Len J|
Sep 18, 2001 6:52 AM
|busted & she still made you dinner.
I think (hope) my wife would have laughed at me too, but she still would have made me pay.
|we can't help it||Dog|
Sep 18, 2001 7:43 AM
|It's only natural that males want to help females in distress. It's hardwired into us. We cannot help it. Don't know if it's associated, necessarily, with a desire to get lucky. Could be perfectly innocent.
Nonetheless, we still feel like dopes when we get caught.
Good thing you did help her. Sounds like shes needs to visit this board for some info. Now, when someone comes on and asks, "How do I use those lever thingies on my wheels", everyone be nice.
Sep 18, 2001 7:57 AM
|Do you really think that the bike shop skrewed up or were you just being nice to the hottie? It is obvious that the shop put the bike in the trunk of her car with the wheel off. The way I look at it they told her how to put it on but she ignored them and said she was all set. then she got home and put the wheel on wrong and has bee riding that way for a few weeks.
Of course her cables were loose the bike is only a few weeks old and it needs its 30 day tune up. The shop did nothing wrong here. It wasn't her fault either it was just inexperience. so please don't tell any of the locals that this shop did something wrong cause it wasn't the shop.
But that is just the way I look at it. you were there.
|No, it was the shop.||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 8:06 AM
|She said she rode from the shop. The bike was 3 months old and she had already returned it for the "30 day check". The brake pads were toed out not in, her pedals were set to the tightest setting and the wheels were out of true. At least the brake pads should have been set up correctly to begin with.
Notice I didn't say the name of the shop? I won't say anything bad about a shop but if people ask I will only recommend shops I have personal experience with.
|well, send her my way||vanzutas|
Sep 18, 2001 8:12 AM
|I am single and I have all the time in the world to tune her...um, bike. If you see her again send her my way.|
Sep 18, 2001 9:14 AM
|Being an old retired guy and married to the same woman for thirty five years let me say this. Before I retired I had an offfice job and worked alongside lady's all day long. I learned this; the female mind is very shrewd, cunning, and calculating.
You sure this gal didn't sabotage her bike in order to gain attention from some manly guys decked out in lycra? Yeah, they may play the role of being meek and helpless, but believe me they aren't. Learned that on my first group ride with my cycling club. Sort of liking playing with a rattlesnake dressed in pink and lace.
Sigh, I have to teach my 15 year old daughter how the male mind works...
|Think so eh?||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 9:20 AM
|She was young enough to be my daughter. I guess I still have it!
Notice how when you drive by a high school and notice a cutie she is always someone picking up her daughter the teacher.
|Growing old isn't for sissies (nm)||DINOSAUR|
Sep 18, 2001 9:33 AM
|Yea, but at least we get the AARP discount. nm||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 9:41 AM
Sep 18, 2001 9:35 AM
|first I want to say that I respect your posts and knowledge - about bikes and otherwise. You always add a sense of calm and reason when things get a little hot under the collar in some threads. However, it is a bit of a generalization to say that "the female mind is very shrewd, cunning and calculating." While it may very well be true that some women think this way, it is also true that some men think this way.
I myself have been shrewd, cunning and calculating when I need to be. So have lot's of men I know.
I am not replying to your post out of any man-hating, ultra-feminist outrage (believe me I LOVE men), I just hope you use caution when teaching your daughter these things.
PS You're my hero!
|Man, I thought I was your hero! nm||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 9:39 AM
|Wait, let me get this shrewd, calculating brain in gear...||Spinchick|
Sep 18, 2001 9:46 AM
|You are! But if I break down at the side of the road with a bike problem, I probably will truly need your help. It won't be a ploy to get your attention or to flirt with you (well, wait a minute, let me give this a little more thought...fit man in spandex) Okay, nevermind. Shrewdness RULES. ;-)|
|Miss M said she liked me in jeans.||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 9:52 AM
|Then she threw out all my jeans. Shrewd and calculating all right.|
|Guess she likes you in spandex even better. nm||Spinchick|
Sep 18, 2001 9:54 AM
Sep 18, 2001 9:49 AM
|Well, I could say something that is shrewd, cunning and calculating. But that would require using a few brain cells.
Now I have to put on my Superman outfit and go for a late morning ride and try to digest what you have told me. The male minds works slow. I kinda like that hero part though..
I learned to admire woman just by watching my wife deal with our daughter. I usually just grab the remote control and increase the volume.
|re: "very shrewd, cunning and calculating"||cyclopathic|
Sep 18, 2001 10:15 AM
|very true, we're just inferior :o)
I dont know how we'd survived if you gals were invincible too :^)
|Dull, lifeless and often wrong||Kristin|
Sep 18, 2001 10:49 AM
|Hmmmmm.... never considered breaking down on purpose before. Verly intellesting. It would give me the opportunity to choose my rescuer before hand. Hmmmmm... I might have to try that. Thanks!
Now darn it all! Nothing I can do about the young & cute part. You got what you got and that's all you got. :-P
|I'll fix your flat tire, girl.||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 12:05 PM
|Or are you a little young for Big Brother and the Holding Company?|
|re: I can't believe you swallowed the bait!||cyclopathic|
Sep 18, 2001 9:51 AM
|I have a friend and that's what she reccomends her girlfriends when they tell her they can't get a date ;o)|
|I'm so ashamed I fell for it! nm||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 9:53 AM
|she also teaches them||cyclopathic|
Sep 18, 2001 10:21 AM
|how to put the price tag on bike
oh that untaught female hunter instinct ;-)
|Think my SS impressed her? nm||MB1|
Sep 18, 2001 10:23 AM
|practice target? nm||cyclopathic|
Sep 18, 2001 10:26 AM