Yeah. I'm building another bike. The best part is, I told my wife and she didn't question my judgement. She was even supportive. She's the best!
I've been toying with the idea of doing a summer tour on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail. Of course, that means deciding on what bike and rig to do it on. I think it has to be a mountain bike, but should it be rigid, hardtail, dual suspension? V-brakes, mechanical discs, or hydraulic? Should it be 26" wheels or a 29er? Should I carry my stuff with panniers on racks, or pull my Bob trailer?
My choice (as of this month....) is a 29er with mechanical disc brakes, a suspension fork but rigid rear, racks and panniers. I was checking a forum about 29ers and heard that Performance had a frame on sale for $99. I checked into it. They did, in my size (23") and 21". I read a bunch of reviews on it and everyone said they loved it.
I love building up bikes so I did it. I entered my credit card number and bought the thing! It came Saturday and it's very pretty and very light.
The reasons I like to build bikes up from a frame are:
- I can pick and choose the components and get exactly what I want - be a little extravagent here, save a little there, etc. I can choose parts for the type of riding I intend to do.
- I get to put the thing together myself, which is fun. It also makes me more confident when I have to work on it, knowing I installed everything myself.
- The biggest reason is that I don't have to take the whole cost out of the family budget at once. I can spend what I can afford this month, some more next month, etc., until it's finished. It doesn't seem so extravagent that way.
The bad thing about doing it this way is that I inevitably end up spending much more in the long run than if I'd just bought a whole bike in the first place. But I get exactly the bike I want, so it's worth it to me.
With the money from this month that I'm "allowed" to spend I bought the frame, a fork, hubs, and brakes.
I have no pictures yet, but I know it doesn't exist without pictures so I'll try and get some up soon.