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Friday, September 14, 2007

Can someone explain this?

Just about every time I buy anything for my bike that requires any kind of assembly, there always seems to be a screw or a bearing missing -- and I'm forced to improvise. The most notable one was the pannier rack I picked up on tour in Dunedin last year, which was a couple of bolts short (which I salvaged from the broken rack that I'd already nursed for 600km). The most recent one was the mount for my E6 light just above the forks earlier in the week. The missing nut from that kit forced me to improvise, then make sure I carried a back up light on the first test ride (something I would have always done anyway).

This is something that seems to happen all the time.

In other news, I will be back to using my old Canon camera this weekend. The spanky new one that I picked up in Glasgow in July has decided to stop working. It should be covered under warranty, so I don't envisage any problems. One would assume I could just send it off to Kodak in Melbourne, but the way the corporate world is run these days, nobody can really tell. As to what happened to it, I have no idea. I had actually promised to give my old camera to a friend, but hadn't got around to it yet. It's funny the way things work out sometimes.

3 Comments:

Blogger dave said...

nWell I have a limited experience in the amount of equipment I buy I can say you are not alone.

The mud-guards I bought the other week, (supposedly meant to fit my hybrid) with an affirmative answer to the question of will they fit my bike? did not include the correct bolts and required me to hunt up a specific bolt for the rear bracket.

Why? I can only assume that compliance standards are really only at the level they were during the early part of last century with cars.

Where Witworth, SAE, Metric bolts required a mechanic to have 3 tool kits for spanners and sockets to be able to work on ALL cars, American, British, European, Asian.

As to missing parts,
One: Quality Control for parts not made by the manufacturer but only branded is always lacking as price is usually the primary factor considered by the purchaser (the manufacturer).

Two: The lack of power of the end user to make complaints that will reach a willing to listen venders ear....
Where are the complaints department?
You would need to get your local retailer to check it before you take it out of the shop, after all they are competing with k-mart and target for a price point so need to add service to give value for money, and....

You never know "Harvey Norman" just might open a Bicycle Department and be able to advertise that they are now "the bicycle specialists" (sick humour) and you will be able return the product to the store. Then they return it to the manufacturer for a replacement kit free of charge. Only one thing to worry about there, you will need to wait the +12 weeks to re-collect your already purchased accessory.

The only way I see to avoid the need to modify/bodge any accessory that you buy is to be prepared to pay for it's fitting by the seller! ( Where they can modify/bodge the fitting and replace the kits missing parts)

what a rant!

12:40 pm  
Anonymous Marty said...

I haven't had such bad luck with that...my problem is that every time I walk in to a bike shop to purchase an item, I walk out with a whole bunch of stuff that I didn't realise that I needed! My worst (best) effort was going in to my LBS purely to buy a new rear cluster for my mountain bike and buying a road bike as well.

I was under a self-imposed bike shop ban for about 12 months at one stage.

1:18 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

Dave -- I agree with what you say. Unfortunately, the "local retailer" from whom I bought the part in question is actually based in Melbourne. For the sake of a nut, I really didn't see the point in chasing them up when I could just as easily improvise.

Otherwise paying for fitting could be the way to go. On the other hand, sometimes it's just more convenient to do it myself.

Marty -- I understand the bit about walking out of the shop with more than I bargained for. It happens to me too, but I've given up trying to fight it.

8:46 pm  

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