Mike check

Thus tweeteth Café Roubaix.

Thus tweeteth Café Roubaix.

And lo, there was peace in the valley.

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30 Responses to “Mike check”

  1. Khal Spencer Says:

    When one finds one’s self in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. I guess Mike figured that out. Why his company dug the hole in the first place is another story. Sounds like he should fire his top lawyers. Or is Specialized-Canada its own show entirely?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No idee. What I don’t know about corporation structure could fill volumes. But Sinyard is the dude at the top of the heap, and if I were somewhere in the org chart beneath him, off on one of those pathways labeled “Canada,” “Legal” or “PR,” I would be shitting cobblestones right about now.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Yeah, if this caper was my idea and I was a lawyer in Specialized’s legal department, I’d be sending out my c.v. as fast as I could email it.

        Buycycling had a long article about Mike Sinyard a few months back. He came across as driven, a perfectionist, and to some degree, ruthless. So I wonder how much, on balance, the legal minds at Specialized get their marching orders from a legal dept. boss vs. from Big Mike himself.

        With success must come good judgment. This was not Specialized’s finest hour.

  2. John in GJ Says:

    Well, there’s peace in the valley till Specialized pulls this shit again, which they will.

  3. Sharon Says:

    I spent an entire career in corporate America. Corps can be like a greedy virus where they spread into every nook and cranny that is available. Sometimes, you can stop them from going into one cranny, but they’ll just go another direction. They are relentless in looking for every new profit path possible, no matter the collateral damage. The best thing about our economy is that new and smaller companies can sometimes find a way to make it by competing on soul, art, quality and good service, something to which many corps only give lip service. Social media is beginning to be a game-changer though. Word travels fast.

  4. bromasi Says:

    Is it safe to buy a specialized now, not that I needed another bicycle.

    • Khal Spencer Says:

      Hope its safe to get the Fox front fork on my Stumpie overhauled. Its starting to leak badly around the seals.

      • Derek Lenahan Says:

        Khal what fork? A complete overhaul is maybe not what you need. The wiper seals can fail first as they are the first defense against filth infiltration but if your stanchions are in good shape you may just need a slider (lower) service. Cleaning, replacing the wiper seals,($20) and re-lubing the sliders. New crush washers for the bottom bolts come with the wiper seal kit. Leaking badly is good. That means the fork still has oil in it. I have seen too many forks that used to have a problem. Yeah it used to leak some oil but then it stopped so I stopped worrying about it.
        By what fork, what I really meant was which damper and spring system are you using.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Hi, Derek. Its the Fox Talus RL, as shown here in an archived description of the bike.


        Its just starting to seep oil on one fork leg, so I think it probably just needs a new set of seals and a cleaning, as you suggest. I noticed when I got home and one fork leg had a lot more dust stuck to it than the other. Turned out the dustier one has some significant oil film on it.

      • Derek Lenahan Says:

        time for service for sure and new wiper seals. If the fork is working otherwise though I would skip a rebuild on the TALAS or the damper but I would have the air shafts pulled to refresh the air piston lubes, 3cc in two spots but that should keep your seals going. Then new fluid in the lowers which also serves as the damping fluid in your case and off you go none the worse for the wear.

  5. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    OK folks, nothing more to see here. We are cleaning up the slow motion train wreck site. Move along, move along…

    Now that this “S”hit storm is temporarily over, and the weather is warming up here in SE AZ to knicker level, time to go ride! The ES is going out to play today with me on board.

  6. Larry T. Says:

    Counting the days ’till we can get outta SUX and off to SoCal for some cycling in the sun. Planned to get outta here Friday, but we got roped into an awards dinner that night. Crossing my fingers I’ll be clapping for the wife – she deserves an award just for putting up with me!

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      Yea Heather! Just don’t tell everyone at your table what your wife says.

    • Khal Spencer Says:

      Back when we were in academia, my wife would have traded any number of awards for a teaching workload reduction. We used to refer to her college as the Educational Equivalent to the Russian Front due to their high teaching demands coupled with students who clearly fit Heather’s definition of the human race.

      • Larry T. Says:

        The wife’s got a nice deal here, which is the ONLY reason we spend time on the frozen plains of Iowa. It ain’t for the scenery or weather my friends! But the cost-of-living’s low enough we can afford to get the hell outta here when the college is not in session – like in a couple of days! WOOHOO!

  7. Jon Paulos Says:

    Gotta disagree. I’ve worked half my career for small bike shops and the other half for sizable corporations. There are responsible corporations, but you don’t hear about them because they don’t do stupid shit that gets them in the news. The worst, most greedy, grasping, assholish employer I ever had, by a long shot, was a popular local bike shop. Right now I work for one of those faceless multinationals (global sales in 2012 around 8 billion euros) and it has strong ethics driven straight from the top. Relentless? You bet, and that’s what they pay for. Ethics? Highest quality.

  8. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    A video of Mike Sinyard and Dan Richter meeting at the Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio is on the Cafe Roubaix Facebook page if you are interested.

    • Larry T. Says:

      Sinyard’s little spiel about how this was all about “protecting” us from counterfeit big-S products was pretty weak. I think the chance of a consumer injured by a faulty Cafe Roubaix wheel blaming Specialized is right up there with them blaming the French town. So it doesn’t appear he’s learned anything about ethical behavior from the fiasco. I agree with Jon P, – there’s nothing inherent in a corporation that makes them act badly, it’s the pricks (or lack thereof) who run them that make the difference. When you have a guy like Kim Il Sinyard at the top – what do you expect?

      • John in GJ Says:

        I dunno, Larry. Maybe I’m more cynical than most (well, no “maybe” about that) but I view the corporate model as fundamentally flawed. It’s inherent in the fundamental structure of a publicly traded company that it will act badly, as badly as it can get away with or afford to get caught doing. You could put Mother Teresa at the head of a corporation that is compelled (by law, as some interpret it) to put shareholder profits above all else and that corporation will “misbehave”.

        I’ve read varying interpretations of the Dodge v. Ford Motor Company case (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_v._Ford_Motor_Company), but even if it’s not technically true there is a perception anyway that the ruling mandated that shareholder profits must be a corporation’s top priority, and that seems to be more than enough to justify any amount of greed.

      • Larry T. Says:

        I don’t think the big-S is publicly traded. Kim Il and Merida own pretty much equal parts and it sure seems like Kim Il calls the shots there. I’m pretty sure one can find even publicly traded corporations with ethical values, though they might be rare? The corporate model DOES let jerks who have no ethics hide behind layers of directors and such, but I do believe the ethics or lack thereof of the big bosses comes through, for better or worse. Enron comes to mind in the worse category while any better ones don’t seem to make much news.

  9. John in GJ Says:

    Speaking of corporations and the love that they share, more shake ups at the top of the Compeitor Group/Velonews empire: http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-america/2013/12/10/shakeup-ousts-execs-competitor-group#.Uqsc0rSHcgV

    Yep, new blood running the show. Nobody with any actually product knowledge or experience with the very sports they cover, but new blood none-the-less. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    Looks like you chose well to leave when you did, PO’G. I’ll resist any comparisons to a rat abandoning a sinking ship.

  10. un-mellow Johnny Says:

    BikeSnobNYC has an hilarious deconstruction of the Sinyard Apology Tour Video.

  11. khal spencer Says:

    Hey, Patrick. See you had another nutcase shoot up a school today up your way. WTF is this nation coming to? When we got pissed off at a teacher, we wrote shit about the teach in the bathroom. Nowdays, people show up with artillery. Fuckin A, we’ve lost our collective mind.

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