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Old 03-13-09, 03:09 PM
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There's just something about overhauling your son's BMX race bike that makes you feel like a good dad!!
My son is finally at a point where fractions of seconds are making a difference in lap times around the track. When we got home last night, and I noticed he had a "sticky" spot during the revolution of the rear wheel. So I took it apart to find a bent axle. Then, of course, while the bike was on the stand, I started considering crank arm length and gear ratios...so I took them off. Next, I remembered that we were having a problem with the brake sticking, so I dug into that.
I've got a couple things on order from the LBS now (crank arms, new front ring), and I just finished rebuilding the rear hub. Just before I turned the light off in the shop, I looked at the bike and realized how much I just enjoyed working on the it.
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I know the feeling. I just overhauled my first headset the other day. loose balls. something about the silky smoothness of it when I got it all back together made me feel like I have a mission in this world...
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Old 03-13-09, 05:35 PM
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Cool that you and your son have common ground with biking.

I recently made this:


Into this


For this guy:


BTW, our very own Wordbiker's son rode the Redline in the pics. Then Word gifted it to my sons. Only one is old enough to ride so far, but on his first ride, he told me could tell the bike was fast!
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 03-13-09, 05:40 PM
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DANG jsharr you look like you're gonna eat that bike!

I hope you have a good job, because if your kid gets as big as you he's gonna eat you into the poor house.
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It's very cool that your son is getting fast!

Btw, I discovered I like working on bikes last year, after fixing my son's and mine - we've got 13 or 14 (can't remember) between us. I even fixed a few for his friends and my neighbors.
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I always get a certain sense of satisfaction after working on my bike

There's just something about that process of...

-Discovering problem
-Isolating cause of problem
-Fixing problem successfully

...That just gives an accomplished feeling
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