SOMETIMES SHARING THE WORK IS MORE PRODUCTIVE. SOMETIMES
There’s a great sense of achievement to be had from doing all the work on your bikes yourself. However we all need a helping hand sometimes and not just for the tricky stuff like lifting in an engine. Working with a mate can yield other benefits, like a little extra impetus when a project starts slowing down.
Back in the 1990s I had a lock-up in Lewisham, south London. It was one of a number arranged in a horseshoe behind a railway embankment. Rent was a fiver a week and once a month I’d pop a cheque into the letting agent’s office and have my rent book made up. There must have been 15 or so lock-ups on the site and at least half were rented by motorcyclists. There was a guy with a Kawasaki GPZ1100 who did massive miles on it and it always required some maintenance or other. There was another bloke with a Triumph TR6 with mismatched crankcase halves hence it leaked oil all the time. On the car side, one tenant was restoring a Buick Roadmaster like the one in the film Rain Man. There was an old codger with one of those mock Tudor Morris Travellers he’d owned from new.
It was a great community and we’d share tools and skills to get whatever the job was done. There was no electricity on the site so when it got dark we’d treat ourselves to a couple of pints in the White Horse as a reward for a day’s work (generally) well done.
I haven’t been around that way for years but I bet the lock-up site has long been sold off for overpriced flats. However a legacy of those days is the realisation that spannering often goes better when you work with a mate. It’s an exchange of labour that also cements friendships and presents an excellent excuse to socialise.
Communities like the one I was part of in Lewisham are probably a lot thinner on the ground now but social media presents the ideal forum for finding your spannering partner – if you don’t already have one. Or maybe I’ll develop an app for the single spannerman or woman; a Tinder of the torque wrench.
“THE IDEAL FORUM FOR FINDING YOUR PARTNER, AN APP FOR THE SINGLE SPANNERMAN OR WOMAN; A TINDER OF THE TORQUE WRENCH”
Two idiots are usually better than one. Usually