yup, spot on - raleigh wouldn't entertain it at all. they could barely cope with the idea of a multi coloured paint job never mind chroming a "waffer-theeen" frame!!
we had a complete arsehole of a customer - a regular who tortured us poor sales folk - he was the most pedantic creature that ever walked this earth. i persuaded him to get a 753 services des courses much to my boss's annoyance as he had an abundance of frames hanging around his monstrous place that would have suited any "normal" customer. they had just made an awesome panasonic frame for me and the manager and they were immaculately constructed and finished. mr pedantic wasn't interesetd in "advertising" and instead insisted on a GRUESOME colour scheme of mainly white with BLACK, OLIVE GREEN AND MUSTARD YELLOW stripes on his cantilever bossed monstrosity!! it has to be said that it largely matched his smile and one would always deal with him well outside the comfort zone for fear of catching something belonging to the world war one trenches.
anyway, i digress...the frame arrived a few weeks late and said customer was already making bi-daily phone calls to the shop to find out where his frame had got to. when it arrived we all WHITE-IED at the colour scheme and more so at the finish around the horrible reptilian stripes around this otherwise beautifully made frame! it looked like the painter had used duck tape instead of masking tape and the edges of the stripes were all "feathered" and looked like stevie wonder had performed the task! needless to say that we were all SHITTING BRICKS awaiting this maniac's inspection of his new SBDU frame!!
he came. he saw. he blew a F"*KING fuse!!! we returned that frame two or three times for repainting and they couldn't improve on stevie's job. he eventually settled for a partial refund and a stock italian frame from the ceiling.
i look into the mirror sometimes and wonder where the lines in my face came from. it's moments of reflection like THIS that remind me!!!
1989 TvT Carbon Fibre, Oakley Factory Pilots & painkillers . ..
..what else could you possibly need?!!