While out and about running errands a few days ago I happened to wander into Marshalls a purveyor of discount goods mostly clothes and household stuff. While looking at some shirts I noticed a bike wheel poking out from around the corner of my aisle, at first I assumed it was just someones jogging stroller but upon getting closer I saw it was a bike. And then as turned the corner I saw there were 3 bikes a couple BMX bikes and what I saw was a folder. "Odd I have never seen bikes in here before" I thought to myself and then I went to inspect the folder more closely. I have a soft spot for folders and have thought about getting one for some time, although I am more inclined to get a 1970s Peugeot type of folder rather than something modern. Something like this.
Brompton but don't have that kind of bank or a set of tweeds.
So when I saw this department store folder I was interested enough to take a closer look.
Now I have certainly had my share of mechanical mishaps and screw-ups but I do try to check any bike I work on thoroughly before I put it up for sale. I also realize that some poor schlep of a cashier who doesn't know a wrench from a screwdriver, and isn't paid or trained to, was asked to put this bike together and I don't really have the heart to blame them. For some reason the whole thing just makes me sad, and also resolved not to buy a department store bike, even one discounted to $280.
On that note the long suffering Fiorelli is now in the bike stand. It has some issues, which I hope to resolve and live to tell the tale about but I also reserve the right to switch to a more straightforward project should the Fiorelli become too much for my meager talents.
Until next time Ride.Smile.Repeat.
PS if you are wondering about the title of this post check out this video clip the reference starts about 50 seconds in.