Aaaargh! Not the new bike!

Days, just days and already the shiny new Roadrat has acquired "character" in the shape of a down to the metal scar and a dent to the top tube… sob!

The fateful blow was struck in the bike store we share with the rest of the building, by, it looks like a pedal strike from a carelessly handled folded Brompton, (there's a lot of them in these parts). My guess is some git couldn't be bothered to move my bike to get to their's and reached across only to find that for all it's multi-modal commuting prowess, that impressively small folded package still amounts to a fairly solid lump when you try and lift it one handed over a rack full of bikes… the Roadrat took the hit when the perp's puny strength gave out. Git.

Oh well, it gives me somewhere to put a sticker I suppose… looks pretty good actually.

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The first scratch is always heartbreaking. And shame on that Bromptoneer, I though we were better than that!

"Tant que je respire, j'attaque!"

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posted by John_the_Monkey [428 posts]
24th June 2010 - 9:54


I remember the disappointment of my first scratch like it was yesterday, even though it was 2007. My sympathies...

posted by mttvrtn [37 posts]
24th June 2010 - 10:18


Had a stone chip to the metal last week, gutted.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
24th June 2010 - 15:19


I love the dents, dings and scratches on my mountain bike. They remind me of the fun I've had on it over the years. Good to identify it on ebay too should some scrote swipe it!

posted by northernrebel [70 posts]
24th June 2010 - 15:26


Yes, the first cut is the deepest… and luckily we do have plenty of stickers.

My Ridgeback is more scratches than paintwork these day, in fact I can't imagine what it looked like when it didn't have any

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
24th June 2010 - 16:40


I don't care about scratches. But dents...

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1448 posts]
24th June 2010 - 17:46


Funny really - If the bike gets damaged when riding I don't bat an eyelid, but if someone else damages the bike or I ding it through some silly none riding incident, I get really vexed! Surprise Angry Crying

for me - The ride is about adventure, camaraderie and the sense of accomplishment that comes after a long day in the saddle.

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posted by Mountain-Nic [119 posts]
27th June 2010 - 14:39