When I first bought The Little Blue Hat, my impulse buy used delivery bike, it had a number of problems. Like a rear lock which could not be detached from the bike. This kept me from riding it on the spot. The boss of the Little Blue Hat delivery service was trying to tell me that something else was broken...as I soon found out, it was the front fork! After the lock was removed I soon found I couldn't keep the bike straight...or turn for that matter. Disappointment.
This, my friends, is what happens to delivery bikes that live a hard life...and in Beijing they all do. And this is why they are eventually put out to pasture. Notice that not only the rear tines on the fork are snapped but also the front tines are cracked. Now as you might imagine, this fork is HEAVY, and very, very strong. It's the kind of massive, blunt object that Col. Mustard might encounter in the Drawing Room. What did this guy stick his fork into that broke it? Nevermind, I can only guess...
Now I wanted my bike to stay a pure Forever, although lots of parts would interchange with Flying Pigeon or Phoenix. I would also like a BLUE, hand pinstriped front fork from Forever, but after a couple of e-mails to the Shanghai plant, they would only avail me of a blue fork if I order a mere 1000. Disappointment #2.
So I asked the guys at the local shop to put on a normal black Forever fork. After a bunch of back and forth and some phone calls they tell me "Mei Wenti" and to come back the next day. I do.
Well the new fork is black...but where there should normally be the Forever infinity logo there is instead a FP/Flying Pigeon logo....sprayed over with black paint. Disappointment #3.
Stick a fork in me...I'm done.
Well, at least I now have a useable bike...on the upside I also have a story.