1996 Basic Bykes Small Town Hick
These are pictures from when a friend owned this after I did. I got this right before basic folded up for good.
I see there isn't much on Basic any more on the web as of Oct. 2007. I
don't know much about them, only that I met the owners (I can't
remember their names), Jason brown, Steve Roy and such at a few BS
contests. All really nice people.
I don't remember exactly when all this went down so I won't guess right now.
I was working for a bike shop and looked into carrying Basic stuff. Andrew Faris was on a pink STH at the time and blowing up for frame of reference. I talked to them a few times and they sounded easy to work with. The check was sent for a few parts and a white small town hick to start. I was told a few weeks for the check to clear and the parts to get to us.
A month went by, nothing showed. I called. no answer. I called some more, finally getting the guy I had dealt with originally. He told me he wasn't handling that part any more and put me on to another number to someone in Washington.
I called the other number a few times. finally I got someone and the told me that guy I had been dealing with was getting out of it and moving to Saskatoon I think with his girlfriend. I would be dealing with them and and that they had the stuff and would ship it out right away. A few weeks went by. I went on vacation for a week. got back still no stuff from basic. so I called. they ignored me for a few days. then I sat at work for hours redialing the number because I would get busy signals every so often when I dialed at random times. I knew they were there and they were making me look like an idiot for suggesting getting involved with them to the owner of the shop.
Finally someone picked up. They knew who I was and what I wanted, how strange. they asured me that it would get taken care of. I told them I'd believe it when I saw it after some choice words on my end.
3 days later a small town hick showed. No parts, just the frame. The owner gave me the frame because he thought what was the point of selling one frame from a one off company in his shop and also because of the work I put in trying to make good with his money. I went to put it together, and what we noticed made us laugh hystericaly.
I ordered an 1 1/8 headtube. the industry was pretty much converted over by then from 1 inch but there were a few companies with back stock I guess. After I went though the whole order with the guy in the last conversation, he specifically repeated back to me 1 1/8 head tube. well... we got 1 inch. It was a lovely way to cap off our business transaction.
I lucked out though. We had been noticing that head tubes back then were really over built and the difference of I.D. for the 1 1/8 cups wasn't very much and that when we pulled a standard shorty with 1 1/8 off the wall and put a micrometer on it and then measured an old 1 inch shorty they were the same O.D. The shop had a reaming tool for head tubes on road frames that was like a big drill bit. 20 minutes later I had a perfect fit for 1 1/8 cups. Unbelievable. I rode it for a long time. It was a good flatland frame. I liked the lower seat stays. I traded it to a friend, the one that took the pics, then he sold it to someone else and who knows where it at now. I could probably track it down but, haven't felt the need to figure out who ended up with it.
Submitted by heli_bryanDiscuss this bike