Dear Cycle World,
I read a column by Kevin Cameron years ago. In it, he told the story of the BSA (I think) factory moving. Once relocated, they tried to bore BSA cylinders, but could not get them parallel. Finally they brought in the old technician that used to bore the cylinders. They hoped he could show them how to do it.
The first thing he asked was, “Where’s my stick?” He had been using a piece of wood to align the boring apparatus.
I used to have a copy of this. I would bring it out to illustrate the importance of operator knowledge when operating equipment. Now, we call it the 80/20 rule; 80% of the knowledge is 20% at the machine.
If this is in on one of Mr. Cameron’s compilations, I’d like to know which one.