The frame was in the first box I opened and it was even more beautiful than the glossy catalog photos had indicated. Twenty pounds of meticulously milled aluminum with a handsome brushed finish. It was so light it didn't seem capable of supporting my weight. I couldn't wait to give this baby a test ride, even though it was almost dark.
The frame was completely devoid of decals except for the brand name and another indicating "Front ->". A cute touch, I thought.
Included were a set of rather complicated assembly instructions. This was a highly unconventional frame, for the size could be tweaked to give a perfect fit. Esther helped me make the required measurements with a tape measure, the instructions then indicated the proper modifications for a perfect fit.
Surprisingly the only tool required for all adjustments and assembly was a 7/16" wrench! Now this was design simplicity taken to the utmost, imagine how I could pare down my toolkit.
Two year old Allison sensed my excitement and wanted to be part of the action. She eagerly grabbed a wrench and began fitting it to a bolt. This drove me nuts, every time I needed a part she had moved it somewhere else. I almost had to banish her from my work area but she was so enthusiastic and wanted to help. Even with her "help" we were able to put it together in a half hour.
The moment of truth had come. I grabbed the frame and headed outside. It was almost pitch dark, I'd have to stick to well lighted areas. I carefully centered it over one of our window wells. THUNK!
The fit was perfect.
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