i bought a vintage road bike for just shy of 30 quid about 6 weeks ago.
since when i`ve spent a bloody fortune on various odds and ends.
the bike has meant i can tear up my bus pass so i`m saving a fair bit each month but the 12.5 mile ride to work is a bit punishing on my `73 falcon black diamond.
i`ve pretty much put 10 times the original spend back into the bike , making a number of people (LBS included) suggest i might want to think about getting a brand new ride, fools.
I have some mechanical skills and experience with bikes but this has sure been a steep learning curve.
i love my bike, i love riding it, i love fixing it but there`s been a few rather stupid mistakes along the way
i`m reckoning i blew a good 25% of my budget and a whole lot more of my time with things like-
- the terrible effort of my first attempt to wrap bars, new bar tape required to resolved that one
- attempting to true my wheels as the brakes were a bit useless in the wet -
snapped a drive side spoke in the rear so took it to the LBS to repair and had them true both wheels
the next day the sun came out and heated my tires enough to blow the tubes out, i discovered steel rims are rubbish,
then spent a very long and stressful couple of weeks waiting to have a new wheel built whilst riding into work on a very suspect 2nd hand replacement dragged of a ruined peugeot.
the day i picked up the new wheel i rode to the LBS with 2 missing spokes (snapped on the daily commute) and a prayer , mainly because i`d blown my travel budget on getting the bike fixed.
Am i alone in this or have any others found themselves pouring money away?