Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Are you a late night bike builder?

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Are you a late night bike builder?

Old 09-30-17, 07:07 AM
Bicycle Addict
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Bicycle Addict's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 777

Bikes: Marin Bolinas ridge, Carlton Corsa 5, Falcon Olympic 12, 98 Shesh Rockhopper,

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 88 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Are you a late night bike builder?

As the title says, I build after my family are asleep, only on days where I don't have work the next day!
But, I know everyone in the house is content, I come down to the shed at midnight ish and potter on my bikes, we live at the bottom of a mountain range here in West Auckland New Zealand, and at the moment I have the sound of the stream near us, the occasional car and not much more, Sunday morning 2am, such a nice time to be fettling
Bicycle Addict is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 07:27 AM
crandress's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 1,217

Bikes: 1953 Terrot, 1980 Mercian Vincitore, Bridgestone MB3, Atala Corsa GS, Bottecchia Gran Turismo, Raleigh Olympian

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 330 Post(s)
Liked 52 Times in 36 Posts
Sounds lovely! I used to do the late night thing, but now mostly weekends or a little bit after work if we have nothing going on. Maybe more once I get my new bike area set up in my new house. Its only been a year....

Crapmaster Emeritus
crandress is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 07:45 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: mass
Posts: 251

Bikes: '74 Fuji The Ace, '07 S-Works Epic, 88? Hardrock.... A whole bunch more

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Lately yup, get home from work around 9, eat something then head down to the shop. Tough though as I'm back up by 8 so the building that goes a bit extra late can make for a long next day. Never too late for some music in the shop though
higgins617 is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 08:20 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 758

Bikes: S-Works Stumpjumper HT Disc, Fuji Absolute, Kona Jake the Snake, '85 Cannondale SR900

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 217 Post(s)
Liked 217 Times in 142 Posts
Yup, I've done that. Gotta be careful not to lose track of time late-nights. Nothing like being in the basement at 2:30 am going, "ok, just one more part to change over. Maybe two..."
Charliekeet is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 08:39 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Phoenix AZ
Posts: 376
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 108 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
I have always been that way with projects. Finally get the impetus to start working on something mid-evening then come 2 in the morning I still am tinkering.
nashvillebill is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 08:42 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 183
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 91 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
i'm more the 5:00am type
IVARR is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 08:44 AM
Senior Member
3speedslow's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 9,113

Bikes: A few

Mentioned: 114 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1881 Post(s)
Liked 818 Times in 519 Posts
Never, I need my ugly sleep. By the end of the evening, I need to get to bed. The time after dinner is Family time.

Daytime is when my wrenching goes on. I am the opposite of the norm I guess.
3speedslow is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 09:05 AM
Steve Whitlatch 
Senior Member
Steve Whitlatch's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 3,672
Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 540 Post(s)
Liked 59 Times in 32 Posts
Yes sometimes unfortunately. I glued a set of tubs on backwards at 1 AM because of it. I should have just went to bed but I was so close to being finished.

My bikes: 1970`s Roberts - 1981 Miyata 912 - 1980`s Ocshner (Chrome) - 1987 Schwinn Circuit - 1987 Schwinn Prologue - 1992 Schwinn Crosspoint - 1999 Schwinn Circuit - 2014 Cannondale Super Six EVO

Last edited by Steve Whitlatch; 09-30-17 at 09:51 AM.
Steve Whitlatch is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 10:08 AM
What??? Only 2 wheels?
jimmuller's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Boston-ish, MA
Posts: 13,408

Bikes: 73 Raleigh Carlton Gran Sport, 72 Peugeot UO-8, 82 Peugeot TH8, 87 Bianchi Brava, 76? Masi Grand Criterium, 87 Centurion Ironman Expert, 74 Motobecane Champion Team, 86 & 77 Gazelle champion mondial, 81? Grandis, 82? Tommasini, 83 Peugeot PF10

Mentioned: 186 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1213 Post(s)
Liked 518 Times in 201 Posts
I have to get up early in the morning to go to work but by your clock my bike work all takes place late at night!
Real cyclists use toe clips.
With great bikes comes great responsibility.
jimmuller is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 10:29 AM
Senior Member
Essthreetee's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Central California
Posts: 1,079

Bikes: 2001 LeMond Nevada City, ‘92 Merlin Titanium, '84 Torpado Super Strada, ‘84 Schwinn Tempo, '81 Bianchi Limites, '73 Raleigh Supercourse

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 157 Post(s)
Liked 60 Times in 38 Posts
I don't have a set time. Sometimes it's early in the morning...when everyone else is asleep. Sometimes it's late at night...when everyone else is asleep. Sometimes it's during the day...when everyone else is off doing something of their own interest. Sometimes it's whenever...but family time always dictates when I get to play.
Essthreetee is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 11:21 AM
working on my sandal tan
ThermionicScott's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Posts: 22,050

Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers), All-City Space Horse (hers)

Mentioned: 95 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3628 Post(s)
Liked 2,058 Times in 1,306 Posts
I don't start late, but I work really slowly, so it ends up that way some nights.
ThermionicScott is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 12:30 PM
Senior Member
Lascauxcaveman's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Port Angeles, WA
Posts: 7,911

Bikes: A green one, "Ragleigh," or something.

Mentioned: 190 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1587 Post(s)
Liked 507 Times in 295 Posts
When I'm on the night shift at the little hotel I run, I often spend several hours tinkering back in the storeroom near the front desk, while waiting for those last late night checkins to finally arrive. I can get really productive on Friday nights (after baseball season is over) and Saturday nights (after college football season is over). I'd get a lot more done if we didn't have cable TV in the joint.

Anyway, a pleasant way to spend the slow hours at work.
● 1971 Grandis SL ● 1972 Lambert Grand Prix frankenbike ● 1972 Raleigh Super Course fixie ● 1973 Nishiki Semi-Pro ● 1980 Apollo "Legnano" ● 1984 Peugeot Vagabond ● 1985 Shogun Prairie Breaker ● 1986 Merckx Super Corsa ● 1987 Schwinn Tempo ● 1988 Schwinn Voyageur ● 1989 Trek 400 ● 1989 Bottechia Team ADR replica ● 1990 Cannondale ST600 ● 1993 Technium RT600 ● 1996 Kona Lava Dome ●
Lascauxcaveman is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 02:25 PM
Senior Member
noobinsf's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 3,017

Bikes: '82 Univega Competizione, '72 Motobecane Grand Record, '83 Mercian KOM Touring, '85 Univega Alpina Uno, '76 Eisentraut Limited

Mentioned: 54 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 982 Post(s)
Liked 956 Times in 577 Posts
When my wife is away on a business trip, I head to the garage after the kids are in bed. I love that quiet time.
noobinsf is online now  
Old 09-30-17, 03:54 PM
Hardrock23's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: NoVA - DC Metro
Posts: 1,220

Bikes: 1987 Schwinn Prelude

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 296 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
I do...I'm just a night person in general, so most things get done pretty late - bike, cleaning, shopping, laundry, etc.
Hardrock23 is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 04:05 PM
weapons-grade bolognium
thinktubes's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Across the street from Chicago
Posts: 5,932

Bikes: Battaglin Cromor, Ciocc Designer 84, Schwinn Superior 1981

Mentioned: 42 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 844 Post(s)
Liked 1,491 Times in 634 Posts
i'm a joker, i'm a smoker, i'm a midnight spoker...
thinktubes is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 08:00 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sherwood, OR
Posts: 1,252
Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 319 Post(s)
Liked 279 Times in 164 Posts
I am too darn clumsy, and drop wrenches and bolts at a rate of about one every five minutes, it seems. I would keep the whole house awake if I built at night.
aggiegrads is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 09:13 PM
John E
feros ferio
John E's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
Posts: 21,057

Bikes: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo; 1960 Capo Sieger (2); 1962 Carlton Franco Suisse; 1970 Peugeot UO-8; 1982 Bianchi Campione d'Italia; 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10;

Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1182 Post(s)
Liked 744 Times in 519 Posts
Originally Posted by IVARR View Post
i'm more the 5:00am type
Same here. In bed between 9 and 9:30, up between 4 and 4:30, seven days a week. Been doing it for years -- no alarm clock requried.
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt
Capo: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger (2), S/N 42624, 42597
Carlton: 1962 Franco Suisse, S/N K7911
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1982 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
John E is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 09:28 PM
The Golden Boy 
Extraordinary Magnitude
The Golden Boy's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Waukesha WI
Posts: 13,087

Bikes: 1978 Trek TX700; 1978/79 Trek 736; 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport; 1984 Schwinn Voyageur SP; 1985 Trek 620; 1985 Trek 720; 1986 Trek 400 Elance; 1987 Schwinn High Sierra; 1990 Miyata 1000LT

Mentioned: 80 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2390 Post(s)
Liked 1,066 Times in 631 Posts
I've been known to do that... unfortunately I also tend to make mixed drinks when I'm wrenching late at night...
*Recipient of the 2006 Time Magazine "Person Of The Year" Award*

Commence to jigglin’ huh?!?!

"But hey, always love to hear from opinionated amateurs." -says some guy to Mr. Marshall.
The Golden Boy is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 09:58 PM
Senior Member
CoRide59's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Loveland, CO.
Posts: 207

Bikes: 1992 De Rosa SLX, 1992 Specialized Epic, Late 60's Bottecchia Proffessional, 1998 Stumpjumper M2, 1992 Stumpjumper M2 (in a box)

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 73 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Yep, night owl all the way. My most productive time seems to start when most are wandering off to bed. At least bicycle work is usually quiet. I'm the same way with cars and motorcycles, and have angered a few neighbors in the past by firing up something loud when I've lost track of the time.

Seems some people just don't appreciate un-muffled race motors firing up at 1:00am...
CoRide59 is offline  
Old 09-30-17, 10:34 PM
mstateglfr's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 14,498

Bikes: '18 class built steel roadbike, '19 Fairlight Secan, '88 Schwinn Premis , Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross V4, '89 Novara Trionfo

Mentioned: 115 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8174 Post(s)
Liked 5,051 Times in 2,934 Posts
Most of my building and maintenance is done between 9 and midnight.
Family is sleeping and the garage calls.
November thru June is the best- watch the late NBA or college basketball games on a tablet and wrench.
mstateglfr is offline  
Old 10-01-17, 12:02 AM
Senior Member
AustinFitz's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Bush, Louisiana
Posts: 588

Bikes: 1984 Centurion Elite GT 15, 1985 Centurion Ironman Dave Scott, 1983 Diamond Back Ridge Runner, 1985 Mongoose ATB, 1987 Ross Centaur, 1986 Raleigh Marathon

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 188 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 35 Posts
I'm most definitely a night owl builder. I've always been a night owl anyway though. I like to do most of my work between midnight and sunrise, but I'll often continue well into the morning if things are flowing right.
AustinFitz is offline  
Old 10-01-17, 12:26 AM
Senior Member
Dfrost's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 1,890

Bikes: ‘87 Marinoni SLX Sports Tourer, ‘79 Miyata 912 by Gugificazione

Mentioned: 158 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 463 Post(s)
Liked 348 Times in 208 Posts
Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
i'm a joker, i'm a smoker, i'm a midnight spoker...

Another night person here. I’d do more after everyone else goes to bed at 9:30-10, but my bike work area is too close to wife’s bed - bad joo-joo when a tool gets dropped, bangs on the work stand and wakes her!

But bar taping and wheel building are quiet tasks that are easily done in a quieter part of the house. Love doing wheels late at night! So that quote is perfect (except for the smoker part).

Last edited by Dfrost; 10-01-17 at 12:29 AM.
Dfrost is offline  
Old 10-01-17, 02:54 AM
Master Parts Rearranger
RiddleOfSteel's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 4,156

Bikes: 1982 Trek 720 - 1985 Trek 620 - 2014 Trek FX 7.3 - 1985 Schwinn Voyageur SP - 1973 Schwinn Paramount P-15

Mentioned: 210 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1351 Post(s)
Liked 1,343 Times in 702 Posts
Perennial night owl here as well. 9-11 PM start-to-work times. I do my best to keep quiet in my apartment complex after 9 or 10 PM. If a hammer or other such tool is needed, it can wait. Loud freehub bodies/pawls are a killer, especially when doing the final tune-up before a test ride that night or 'test ride' commute the next morning. Spin the cranks with one hand, shift with the other, stop spinning and grab the rear brake ASAP.
RiddleOfSteel is offline  
Old 10-01-17, 06:26 AM
Bicycle Addict
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Bicycle Addict's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 777

Bikes: Marin Bolinas ridge, Carlton Corsa 5, Falcon Olympic 12, 98 Shesh Rockhopper,

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 88 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yes! I am not a weirdo! Or . . at least the only one.
I have just come back up from the shed, it is 1.25am.

I just like this time of night, always have.
Bicycle Addict is offline  
Old 10-01-17, 12:56 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Devon, UK
Posts: 128
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)
Liked 112 Times in 38 Posts
Yes! I put this together on friday night ready for the Saturday morning club ride :-)
Very easy to lose track of time though, those 'quick little jobs' can easily last till sunrise if you're not careful!

amedias is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.