I always feel I'm encroaching on someone starting new threads [just me]...and there's so much archived stuff that it defeats the purpose for time saving device to search it all out [not just lazy either]...
Anyway, first the 'rant':
I would love to 'build' a bike up from scratch. I have to imagine it becomes at least an interest in most all cyclists at some point. It would be a great way to learn the bike from inside out, a hobby in itself. But as we all know, it is much more expensive building up, one component at a time. Haven't got titanium yet, so I've been twising my budget this way and that trying to find some way to 'build' up from a bare frame. But I just cannot justify the expense of a scratch build, which would be at least double the cost with far less quality parts than if I just purchased a complete bike . Plus, making mistakes, which would be inevitable for someone like me [always seem to it wrong before I get it right]...jacks the cost up even more.
Not much to say beyond that; something we all know and the markets are what they are. But, I just wanted to express my frustration. Sometimes I feel like cattle being driven to market rather a human being making choices. I'll of course, just go on buy the complete bike if I buy anything and continue to be ignorant of how things work.
Second issue [may as well add it here and save a new thread, a minor problem, but a new one for me]....
Just recieved some new wheels [from Bicycle Wheel Warehouse, looks like another great build] with deeper aero rims, so I got some 60mm presta tubes from LBS. The specialized tubes have a polished sloping [skinnier at valve opening] portion on the presta valves before a small section of threads exist, and I cannot for the life of me get my floor pump to clasp tight enough on this valve to stay on beyond about 70psi [it just pops off].
I guess I'll need to replace the tubes, but not with a different size, but a different brand that has the full length of the valve threaded and same width throughout length [not sloped and polished].
Or is it my pump, or something I don't know about presta valves? I have other 60 mm valved tubes, but they are all threaded the complete length of the valave and not sloped and my same pump has worked fine with. The pump is about 10 years old, so maybe the clasp has worn out or something? New tubes or new pump? I'll see what my LBS mech has to say.
Anyone else run into this problem? Thanks.