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lopek77 03-18-14 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 16584184)
I am my own LBS, framebuilder, and wheel builder.

You must hate this thread :crash:
:p

Sixty Fiver 03-18-14 09:38 PM

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Originally Posted by lopek77 (Post 16590742)
You must hate this thread :crash:
:p

The DIY crowd is a good source of business.

:)

lopek77 03-18-14 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 16590770)
The DIY crowd is a good source of business.

:)

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha...I know exactly what you mean. I have similar experience with one of my businesses. At least they are trying. I respect that.

coasting 03-18-14 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by cantdrv55 (Post 1168297)
If you maintain your own bike, what do you do and how often do you inspect your bike? Can you recommend a maintenance schedule? Or, if you take your bike in to a shop, how often do you do that?

I do my own maintenance. most things can be done with just and allen key set anyway. I wash the chain, then oil it and that's about it. I should check the screws are all tight but I can't be bothered.

buffalowings 03-18-14 10:35 PM

I DIY what I can, and take it to the LBS for emergency operations if I really botched it up or chickened out.

shlammed 03-26-14 07:50 AM

I DIY it all. Havent built a frame yet, but I anticipate doing it at some point.

Seattle Forrest 03-26-14 08:27 AM

I'm a DIYer, but there's no reason to do much on the bike myself beyond fixing flats and lubing the chain. If I wanted to turn wrenches I would have been a mechanic, I have better things to do with my limited time.

Long Tom 03-26-14 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by cantdrv55 (Post 1168297)
If you maintain your own bike, what do you do and how often do you inspect your bike? Can you recommend a maintenance schedule? Or, if you take your bike in to a shop, how often do you do that?

I'm somewhere in between. Trending towards DIY as I go. It ain't rocket science- assuming your starting point is a functional bike anyway.

lopek77 03-26-14 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by shlammed (Post 16612631)
I DIY it all. Havent built a frame yet, but I anticipate doing it at some point.

Is replacing BB, derailers, fork, handlebar, pedals, seat, brakes, chain, cables and housings considered "building" a bike? It's basically the same thing, but not done all at once...You may have built " a frame" already without even knowing :p

Sixty Fiver 03-26-14 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by lopek77 (Post 16613826)
Is replacing BB, derailers, fork, handlebar, pedals, seat, brakes, chain, cables and housings considered "building" a bike? It's basically the same thing, but not done all at once...You may have built " a frame" already without even knowing :p

I build frames with a torch, lathe, mill, benders, and jigs.

I build up bicycles with hand tools.

torob 03-26-14 03:05 PM

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I think I'm getting dangerously close to crossing the line of "I really, really should have just taken it to the bike shop" :/
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But, I'm sure tonight I'll find another 10 writeups and YouTube videos to help me finish this up. Thank you, Internet.

SirHustlerEsq 03-26-14 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by torob (Post 16614285)
I think I'm getting dangerously close to crossing the line of "I really, really should have just taken it to the bike shop" :/
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But, I'm sure tonight I'll find another 10 writeups and YouTube videos to help me finish this up. Thank you, Internet.

You'll survive. Take an extra stem-spacer with you so that when the head-set settles and things loosen up, you can snug it up for the ride home, then trim the steerer tube.

lopek77 03-26-14 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 16614150)
I build frames with a torch, lathe, mill, benders, and jigs.

I build up bicycles with hand tools.

I thought we talking "frame" as a putting bicycle with new components together...To me building a FRAME is something out of our galaxy ;-)

Sixty Fiver 03-26-14 10:31 PM

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Originally Posted by lopek77 (Post 16615130)
I thought we talking "frame" as a putting bicycle with new components together...

That is assembling a bicycle.

lopek77 03-27-14 08:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 16615425)
That is assembling a bicycle.

You are absolutely right. English as a third language sometimes is not helping to think straight ;-)

RPK79 03-27-14 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 16615425)
That is assembling a bicycle.

You're not really building a bike until you hand build all of the components as well.

I <3 Robots 03-27-14 12:57 PM

How much maintenance is there? I lube and clean my chain every few rides.

Sixty Fiver 03-27-14 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by RPK79 (Post 16616300)
You're not really building a bike until you hand build all of the components as well.

Not too many folks can do that due to the casting requirements of parts like derailleurs and cranks although companies like Raleigh and Schwinn used to build everything in house until derailleur bicycles took over.

shlammed 03-28-14 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by lopek77 (Post 16613826)
Is replacing BB, derailers, fork, handlebar, pedals, seat, brakes, chain, cables and housings considered "building" a bike? It's basically the same thing, but not done all at once...You may have built " a frame" already without even knowing :p

No.

Starting with a pile of tubes and CONSTRUCTING a bike is "building" a bike

Homebrew01 03-28-14 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 16584184)
I am my own LBS, framebuilder, and wheel builder.

Same here.

lopek77 03-28-14 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by shlammed (Post 16620656)
No.

Starting with a pile of tubes and CONSTRUCTING a bike is "building" a bike

Yeah...we talked about it ^^^


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