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Saturday, November 19, 2011
A guy whom I recently became acquainted with asked me to set him up with a bicycle dealer. He wants a folding bike. When the day came, I brought him to the shop and have him try some bikes. There are a few choices.
The picks Well, first, there's the Dahon Speed P8. This is one of the best picks for a bike below RM2K. It has a solid feel to it, able to haul stuff and can be rigged for touring. His reaction was: "Ah, too small for me. Not good for image.. " Then, he tried a Dahon Jetstream P8. It was a better ride, but the bike can't be rigged with racks for touring. As a matter of fact, adding weight and baggage will impair the suspension features. Obviously, it was a better ride, but the answer was no. Finally, I rigged up the guy to ride the Dahon Mu XL, which in my opinion, is one the best bikes around. But the budget couldn't fit the bill. Now, I know the guy wants to take advantage of my contact for a decent price. I got nothing to gain from this and certainly nothing to expect. Just doing him a favour. And all that jibba-jabba, the guy has yet to commit... His excuse, 'too busy'. So, I leave it as it is.
Getting jerked-off.. I get more cynical with age. Even so, with people I hardly know. So, there's this dude who talked so much about getting a new bike, I set him up with a dealer too. And after doing the legwork, he told me that the sales guy talked him out of getting a bike. His gain, their loss. I followed up with a phone call and when the receiving end hurries you to terminate the call, I sense some insincerity in the air. So, its back the same jibba-jabba and nothing gets done. When a guy floors you with excuses up to the eyeballs, its best to move on. My loss, his gain.