I am darn proud to be one! Assembled my Madone on Friday then did a couple of 42 milers over the weekend. 84 trouble free, smooth riding, smooth shifting, no creaking, no ticking, nothing but great sailing miles.
Building my own bikes and wheels is the best thing I've done when it comes to my hobby. Nothing does a bike better than a little owner TLC. The new Madone is top notch quality, including the wheels. I know because I built them too!
Funny thing. Another rider and I were talking at our usual rest spot at the coast (I won't mention names). Asking if I had assembled the bike myself we started chatting. He then said if I ever needed any assistance I should look up his mechanic. I had heard the guy's name before. Supposedly a nice guy. Shop owner and rider.
So we chat on but then rider X says he has had a ticking noise in his headset/stem area. He's had it back at the shop 4 times and the mechanics cannot figure out what is causing the noise. Keep in mind, this is a nice high end road bike. I tell the guy I once had a creak after paying a shop to do a component swap. I disassembled the headset/stem area and noticed the shop installed everything dry, including the face plate bolts. At that time I realized the shop installed everything dry so I ended up going over the entire bike and lubing every bolt myself, but that's another story.
So I look at the guy's stem bolts out of curiosity, maybe I could see lube around the base of the head. A quick glance and WTF! The guy has a 4 bolt face plate set up. But the lower side is cranked down all the way, nearly making contact with the stem and the top side there is a huge gap. Now everybody knows that the stem faceplate is supposed to be evenly spaced and even torque. Holy smokes, this was the worst set up I've ever seen on another rider's bike.
Ok, back to the shop 4 times, every mechanic in the house has looked at the stem and can't figure it out the noise. Ok cool, but one of them should have at least noticed the crappy installation of the faceplate. If anything the last guy should have set it evenly. I've heard of stem bolts breaking and I myself would hate to do a faceplant because a great mechanic was too lazy to set the darn thing right.
Ok, so I had to break the guy's heart and point it out. I told him I'd take it back and demand that they set it correctly. He said, "I hate that you pointed it out cause now I have to worry about it and my mechanic but it's better than getting seriously injured". Hey, I could have just turned a blind eye but you don't let a buddy take a faceplant. Who knows, maybe it will fix the annoying tick he's had all along, figuring the pro's have been avoiding it from the start.
Hi, I'm Mr. Beanz and I'm an armchair mechanic but you won't find that carp on my bikes.
FTR, I've helped a ton of riders with roadside repairs and adjustments. But you can bet they didn't complain when they rode off with a smile and a smooth running bike.
My bike ran smooth and you won't find that kind of carp on my bikes. Not to say there aren't some good mechanics out there. I've met a couple. But the armchair DIY with TLC has worked best for me and my money.
Niiiiice running bike!
Good example of some armchair appreciation. This guy in red showed up at the rest stop last April with a big mess of a rear derailleur. I saw them messing with the bike but figured they knew what they were doing. Later he walked up and asked if any of use knew anything about the issue. In other words, were any of us armchair mechanics? They had twisted each and every screw every which way but loose. I took about 4 minutes to adjust it, including the limit screws and a qucik course on how to make the adjustments. Why is he smiling? He said his bike had never shifted that well.
Some people appreciate us armchair types ha ha! Give it a try!