Once you read this one, you'll be firmly convinced that 'ol Syke has way too much time on his hands. This thought comes out of a series of PM's that redneckwes and I have been tossing back and forth. We just completed a frame trade: My '81 Raleigh Gran Prix (the former TT Bike for the Homeless) for his '84 Trek 460, giving us both frames in the size that we should be riding.
I got the Trek built last weekend, and have put about 150 miles on it over the past two weekends. No, East Hill, no pictures, because the bike isn't what I want to show at the moment. I have other plans for it . . . .
Which got me to thinking: Why do the rest of you put a bike together? OK, I'm not asking for the obvious reply: To have a new bike to ride. Obviously. Air to breath, food to eat, beer to drink, clothes to wear, bikes to ride - such are the absolute necessities of life.
The angle I'm thinking of is, "When you've got the first part(s), how do you plan it? What is your intention as to why the bike is going to be built a certain way?"
Just to start it off, I normally run from one of two directions: 1. To restore a bike to what it originally was, or, 2. To come up with a theme or purpose for building said bike. The latter is far and away my favorite way of doing things, and it's the same way I'd build my annual new spring bike back in Erie 35 years ago.