I've been fixing bikes since I was old enough to know how and I'm technically a fully qualified engineer .... so If I ever need a non standard, difficult to get or expensive part I have no problem with just making one provided I can.
Does anyone else?
and I don't mean just bolting together I mean starting with plate, billet etc material and finishing with a part ?
I've just finished a 14t sprocket for my sturmey archer hub ( I know these are not non standard, difficult to get or even expensive but I wanted a practice piece for making chain rings eventually)
Ive made two stem's, one super long (2 foot) for my bent and one extra long for my twenty.
I made the whole SWB recumbent frame + many bit's for it
Various light mounts + a set of lights (although these were machined from existing torches rather then totally made)
Bash guard for my MTB (still going strong after 10 years and being welded up and re-drilled for a different crank twice)
Of course along the way I've had some failure's , some monumental involving many hours of wasted time and materials.
So I'm just wondering if anyone else does ? or do people usually just search for an alternative and/or reach for the wallet ?
Am I a freak?