Part 13: Delivery
I asked Carl to hang onto the frame for a while and have it delivered the week of August 20, 2007. I was out traveling and simply didn’t want the thing hanging around my front door for too long without me picking it up. We ended up having it shipped to my wife’s workplace anyway, and it sat there for a few days, getting there Tuesday August 21 and with me finally opening the box on Friday August 24. You could say that doves flew out of the box and a blinding white light shined forth as I cut open the box with my blade, but that might be a bit of an exaggeration.
As it turns out, this was an exceedingly good packing job, and thus an exceedingly hard frame to unpack. Let me explain.
The frame was double boxed. This is a great thing and any of the better electronic stores you might mail order from will always double box items. This way, if shipping punctures or destroys the first outer box, there is still the inner box inside that’s holding the goods. It’s just more insurance that your bike is getting to you safely and completely undamaged.
Second, there was a large amount of packing material surrounding the frame. Kudos to Carl for not using the styrofoam peanuts and instead using simple paper to pack the bike.
Third, the entire (ENTIRE) frame was bubble wrapped and taped. There was not a single part of bare frame showing through and all the joints at the head tube, bottom bracket and stays were wrapped multiple times. I must admit it took me about 5 minutes to get all that bubble wrap off.
The dérailleur hanger was taped onto the rear brake bridge and was obviously seen.
I must say though, the bike looks fantastic.