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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 road.cc sticker I suppose… looks pretty good actually.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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John_the_Monkey [436 posts] 5 years ago
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The first scratch is always heartbreaking. And shame on that Bromptoneer, I though we were better than that!

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mttvrtn [37 posts] 5 years ago
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I remember the disappointment of my first scratch like it was yesterday, even though it was 2007. My sympathies...

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demoff [327 posts] 5 years ago
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Had a stone chip to the metal last week, gutted.

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northernrebel [71 posts] 5 years ago
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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!

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 5 years ago
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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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cat1commuter [1418 posts] 5 years ago
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I don't care about scratches. But dents...

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TheOldCog [113 posts] 5 years ago
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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!  13 14 20