... and the victim would be me.
I'm building up a new fixed gear, and it's been an intensive process. I'm probably driving my LBS crazy.
- First, running through all their parts books on day 1. Really looked at all my choices, and settled on a build. (Soma Rush, Chris King/Thompson/Formula/Velocity.) Took several hours.
- Then, the fork I wanted wasn't in stock through their vendors. After several days of combing through online bike vendors, I finally found it. Trouble is, I had to buy as a frame/fork combo only, so I canceled the frame order with the LBS. (Lord knows who's buying all the Soma Rush bikes, because I've never seen one in San Diego.) This took about three phone calls.
- Took a few days to suss out the cranks, because my ideal length is 172.5mm, and there aren't that many options for that... especially since I wanted black. I finally settled on 175mm BMX cranks. Look awesome, but took some 'above and beyond' research by my LBS guy.
- The stem I wanted didn't work with the 1" steerer, so we had to change the stem *and* the handlebars.
- I call again to specify the chaintugs. Spot brand (little rocket with bottle opener) if they have it in stock, Surly if they don't.
- Later that day, I call again to say if they can't get the Spot, let me know and I'll get it myself online, because it's just that much cooler than the Surly.
- Finally, everything comes in, and they build it up. They held off on the seatpost, to see if I needed straight or setback. Turns out I need setback. Also, the original stem they got was too short, so I'll need another one. so we order everything.
- I realize the Thompson setback post is ugly and awkward, so I find a sweet Miche, and call the LBS to cancel the Thompson order.
They're cool, and I doubt they really want to kill me, but this is the most back-and-forth I've ever had buying something. I realize building a bike from scratch is intensive, but still... it's changed a lot. I did bring a six-pack of awesome beer (3 Bass, 3 Guinness), but that was near the beginning, before all the little nit-picky stuff started.
I'm like this most of the time, but I'm normally able to shield others from it. The bike will be worth it, though. It's exactly what I want.
It's been three weeks. It'll be ready Friday. I'm dying here.
I think I'll bring 'em a twelver.