Friday, June 27, 2008

New Dude at Colonel's


Colonel's has a new dude in the service/sales department. His handle is Josh Clark. Many of you already know him as an employee of other local bike shops but his latest tour stops here at Colonel's and we all hope he stays for a while. Josh is easy to identify by his studded soul patch and perky disposition. When he isn't wrenching on bikes he is working over the drum kit with his band Villain Vanguard http://www.myspace.com/villainvanguard . Bikes include: Scott Addict R4, Trek 69er single speed, old school steel Colnago single speed, and a patched together wheeler commuter. If you do not already know Josh please stop by and meet him. Unlike the rest of the grumpy old guys in the shop, Josh is easy to approach and never met a stranger.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

So easy going that he doen't even bother to check if a bottom bracket is Italian-threaded before throwing it into a vice. Now that is a laid back.

fixedfortworth said...

didn't that guy use to work at performance!?

Anonymous said...

Performance is known for high quality individuals.

ano_green said...

You guys should go down to Colonel's and find out what that guy is all about... you might learn something

Anonymous said...

Um yeah ano I did go down. He and his cohort Aubrey came very close to killing a 50-year-old Italian bike. What could he teach me? That the fixed cup of an Italian BB has a left hand thread? Oh wait, it doesn't!

Anonymous said...

What happened to Tim? I miss his technical expertise and his attention to detail.

Anonymous said...

who wants to get beat down... you guys do!

Anonymous said...

Tim is now at Bike's Inc in south FW and provides outstanding service. Tim is THE only bike mechanic to go to in town if you have something special that needs work. He is the only mechanic that I know of in Fort Worth who will make a connection with a bike before crossing threads. Tim even measures bottom bracket shells. He knows the difference between 68 and 70mm. Smart guy, that Tim.

Anonymous said...

I had the same problem as everyone else removing the cotters on my Steyr. I tried the c-clamp and socket method and only ended up bending the c-clamp.
What worked was a flat "machinists vise" and a 3/8 drive socket. Place the fixed side of the vise against the threaded end of the cotter, put the socket over the flat end wedged against the movable side of the vise. I needed a piece of pipe to tighten the vise down the last little bit, but both cotters popped out and no damage to anything else.

Of course Tim had a pipe in his car, go figure, which really helped out. He also noticed my seat was too high but that's another story.
The same vise is sold as a "drill press vise" at Home Depot for fifteen bucks, and that beats scavanging for the Park press.

I'm going to have to deal with several old Peugeot BB's soon and I like the idea of using a smaller vise protecting the threads on the end of the cotter...original Peugeot cotters have a cap nut. I like working with Josh due to his small fingers and precise mechanics.

katie w. with the baby blue electra said...

these harsh comments are not constructive. if you have a problem with how they treated your stuff, take it up with them and post about your overall disappointment, but don't slander someone's overall character.

my husband says that aubrey is the best, rick's my favorite, and if they hired this new dude, he's got to be decent. sorry about the italian antique, but if you have nothing positive to say about colonel's why bother going there?!

oh, and p.s., sack up and leave your name with your posts! you know that the guys at the shop know who you are because of your bike. don't hide behind "anonymous."

"Sprinter" Steven Driggs said...

This is a bunch of negative BS comments about one of the most outstanding technicians in the 2-wheeled-world. Josh helped me with a Croatian spec, reversed thread, Campagnolo C-Record Track Hub, that Bikes Inc. said didn’t even exist. Josh used Colonels’ computer to log on to the internet and found the Croatian Campagnolo technical service guide from 1981 “Hrvatski za Putnike,” he had the guide translated from Croatian to Northern Portuguese, which his college roommate was fluent in and fixed me up, while I was enjoying an Oatmeal Luna Bar and a Lemon-Lime PowerAde — that Randy “Sully” Sullivan purchased for me at “Sevie” across the street.

Take that Haters!

Anonymous said...

Uh, yeah...

Anonymous said...

I agree leave a name with your comment
-anonymous

streetdog said...

Step back haters...
Josh is the man.

ps: note to anonymous...you suck

Anonymous said...

I had the same problem with an old Hsin Lung wheelset, I did not have the luxury of a bilingual roommate, so I sold them through the Thrifty Nickel and have since gone Shimano.

Roger said...

Other than not being a very attractive person, Josh is my friend and when I needed him he has helped me out whenever i needed it.
Anonymous! Everybody has a bad day and no one is perfect. Keep your comments to your self and go to who ever you feel more comfortable with. And if you like Tim so much take your bike to Bicycles Inc. and ask him for special treatment just because you like him so much and see what happens.

Anonymous said...

josh and college that ones good!
josh should stick to drumming on things and quite possibly take up a career as a hipster.

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