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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:31 am 
B.o.T.M. Winner / Feature Bike
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chefmiguel wrote:
Pete, your comments don't make me think you're a c**t but more of a t**t.

If you need me I will be hunting down the elusive virgin Cuban pubes. Uhhmm is gender important? You never did specify.


Bless you, t**t it is! Specifically has to be a male hair - there is nothing female about a Klein or a Klein collector. Its just like train spotting; all male, all technical specs, all detailed engineering and completing the collection.


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dablk wrote:
or is one like "crying game" bike porn where there's a crack in the frame missing but an extra err disk tab added? :shock:


The crying game version is when you have a suspension fork on your attitude but also have a noodle on the MC1 - one cable guide too many


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pete_mcc wrote:

The crying game version is when you have a suspension fork on your attitude but also have a noodle on the MC1 - one cable guide too many


Understood. I'm guessing you go to Klein hell if you chisel the noodle off?


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pete_mcc wrote:
The crying game version is when you have a suspension fork on your attitude but also have a noodle on the MC1 - one cable guide too many


Damm I knew there was something not quite right with my Klein. Maybe that's why it rides so badly :lol:

Off topic, is there a "My Klein has original Paint... and dents... and scratches... and is a bit faded through being exposed to sun" thread??


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dablk wrote:
pete_mcc wrote:

The crying game version is when you have a suspension fork on your attitude but also have a noodle on the MC1 - one cable guide too many


Understood. I'm guessing you go to Klein hell if you chisel the noodle off?


where do you go if you paint your Klein like this?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:49 am 
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Lol... I actually quit like that :lol:


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B.o.T.M. Winner / Feature Bike
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Klein did offer a factory polished option early on, I'd love to see how many different ways the repainters could come up with to do that and how many bitchy threads we could have on that!

'you have to polish it anti-clockwise', 'You have to use cashmere polishing cloth'


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:37 am 
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Raging_Bulls wrote:
Actually I would go one step further. A section where each member can have his own personal thread, where others aren't allowed to comment (unless in certain circumstances, like when the topic owner asks for opinions etc). So not just the professionals, but anyone really.

Sort of like a personal diary.

What a concept. Can we call them "Blogs" or maybe even "Websites"?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:55 am 
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The whole Klein painting debate has been interesting.

I have been using airbrushes since I was a kid, initially my father's helping to create model railway layouts.

Later I began painting surfboards, skateboards, BMX, etc.

I understand the work being done, but I am not awed by the technique.

In my twenties I worked as a dispatcher whilst studying, I got my first Klein soon after. I was buying and selling them through Loot in the early 90s.

There were plenty yuppies selling off mountain bikes they had bought only to find they clogged up their corridors after they had got over the fascination. Usually a few months at most.

There have always been people who buy the most expensive of any commodity because they can, and assume it is a good policy for acquiring quality.

They were hip.

However, they were also great bicycles.

It had nothing to do with the paint.

It is still nothing to do with the paint.

The ones I used personally were polished.

I could not stand the day glow finishes.

I wanted bikes to ride, not to have crowds of spotty faced geeks admiring.

I sold my last 'classic' Attitude in 97 to a wee Glaswegian guy who wanted it for road time trialling.

If I still have the guy's name I would try to find out where that bike went, as I put a lot if work into it and have a stupid sentimental connection to it, as does my wife having taken backies on it all the way up the Thames and such.

What I am not interested in is buying old Kleins and tarting them up.

I like to see them as they stand, it is called patina.

Refinishing bikes that are so rare ought to be as required, not de rigour.

I respect other people view things differently.

For me, though, the situation with Kleins has got ridiculous.

They seem to attract a particular breed of owner now, (along with the others who still appreciate them as bicycles).

These people don't seem to be interested in them as art, nor as machines.

They seem the type who aspire to exclusivity, and perfection.

The fact is, at the end of the day, they are just bikes.

Works of art, yes.

Brilliantly designed machines, yes.

But that does not single them out in the world of bikes.

The thing that singles Kleins out is their owners.

I went to a lot of Steve Vai gigs back in the day.

If you looked around, you could barely see a female.

I bet a lot of those spotty faced guitar geeks would ride Kleins.

I think we all ought to get out and find £10 BSOs and bodge them up with a Kleintastic 'Tribute' paint job. You would at least triple their value.


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I love you Pete, you crack me up


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