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Mechanics or aesthetics?

By Valvoline, Aug 30, 2016 | Updated: Aug 30, 2016 | |
  1. I can't say that this was done to my lawnmower; but it's something that I wanted to share.

    The amazing creativity and skill shown by some mechanics is incredible. It's a pity that their wages are so undervalued at times...(and that we all obviously want work done for cheap!)

    Today I got to inspect the work-in-progress of a client's bike being converted into a fully registerable road bike for a paraplegic.

    From electric shifters, to thumb back brake, to stabilizing wheels, foot holds and other mods I wasn't even able to identify. The time, workmanship, passion and love that goes into creating such mods is simply - astounding.

    The best part was when the mechanic told me, that even if they weren't able to get it street legal, his client was happy enough to get it at home to be able to sit on it, feel and hear the engine roar to life. The client's smile was the biggest he'd ever seen, when he sat on the un-rideable prototype; still in bits at the workshop.

    And that's what bikes do.
    They tend to plaster a smile of your dial. And every other fibre in your body.

    And as I sat there marveling at the workmanship, it only just dawned on me; I had never seen, truly seen a bike for its engineering worth. Right up to this day, it was mainly all just about either looks, lines, aesthetic design or functionality.

    So the Qs now are ...
    Do bikers then appreciate more the lines and aesthetics?
    Or the inner workings, workmanship and effort of building bikes? image. image. image. image. image. image.

    About Author

    Valvoline
    The energy of a cut's lizard tail,
    The passion of a Spaniard at motoGP,
    As annoying as a flea in the ear,
    With the love for biking as Kayne West loves himself.
    Looking at life through vertically challenged eyes.
    Valvoline.... you know what I mean! ;-)
    DaveL, Rus Ler, Sibi and 1 other person like this.

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