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Old 09-30-17, 07:07 AM
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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
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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....

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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
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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..."
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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.
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i'm more the 5:00am type
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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.
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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.

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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!
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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.
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I don't start late, but I work really slowly, so it ends up that way some nights.
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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.
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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.
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I do...I'm just a night person in general, so most things get done pretty late - bike, cleaning, shopping, laundry, etc.
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i'm a joker, i'm a smoker, i'm a midnight spoker...
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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.
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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.
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I've been known to do that... unfortunately I also tend to make mixed drinks when I'm wrenching late at night...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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).

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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.
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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.
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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!

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