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Old 06-18-19, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
For the other procrastinators out there (I am perhaps a charter member in the club), I offer this recent article from the NY Times:

Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)
great article, thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-18-19, 02:56 PM
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Oh I'm smoking ass pissed the eff off right now... trying to thread a brake cable through a cable yoke- and it started unstranding the cable- I didn't solder the end enough, or high enough up...


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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Love - riding, not wrenching
Hate - wrenching, not riding
I've always enjoyed working on my bikes as much as I do riding them (and sometimes I even get annoyed when everything is working right and properly maintained, because there is nothing to do).

And I'm also on the side of those that enjoy wrapping bars: instant gratification when you are finished, and few things in the world are as nice as fresh bar tape.
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Old 06-18-19, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by mechanicmatt View Post
I hate committing to a wheel overhaul, the cleaning, the greasing bearings, bleh.

I love a wheel overhaul after committing to it. The cleaning, truing, greasing bearings, all of it. So satisfying once complete.
Hands down the #1 thing that stalls out over-hauls for me and then when I do it I think why did I put that off?
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Old 06-19-19, 05:37 AM
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hate:
- stripping the paint from a frame prior to refinishing
- having to re-adjust a loose ball bottom bracket bearing after the first long test ride and the bearings settle in just a bit
- identifying the source of a click or tick while riding
- living with poor bearings and internals of Sunrace freewheels
- squeaky saddle rails
- getting STI triples/fronts to work correctly

like:
- polishing a frame and touching up prior to re-assembly
- polishing and re-assembling aluminum brake calipers
- discovering that all of my measuring, planning, and adjusting has resulted in a perfect fit on the first ride
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Old 06-19-19, 07:10 AM
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Really Dislike:

1. removing powdercoat so the frame can be painted

Dislike:

1. removing a stuck stem/seatpost
2. trying to replicate saddle position - I never seem to get it right the first time
3. realizing that the BB spindle length still isn't right, with the second BB
4. losing one of the thin nuts for Campy NR brake pad holders
5. cutting the rear brake housing too short, for the second time

Like:

1. cleaning a dirty frame
2. polishing the paint on a used frame and seeing the real story unfold
3. servicing headset/BB/hub bearings and hearing the almost silent whoosh of a properly lubed and adjusted bearing
4. finding the right color for cable housings
5. wrapping bar tape
6. getting the shifter housing length just right so the loops touch in front of the headtube
7. building wheels

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1. the first ride of a newly built bike - spokes flashing in the sun as the wheels turn
2. a 15mph tailwind on the last leg of a long ride
3. riding a freshly serviced 35 year old bike on a metric century and having zero issues
4. riding with good friends
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Old 06-19-19, 07:25 AM
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On the issue of hate and procrastination, I am more than one year into a re-paint of my coupled bike. I did some sanding on the rear triangle six months ago. It falls in with the cleaning/polishing hate. Detail work is just not my cup of tea.
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Old 06-19-19, 07:51 AM
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I hate using a tool and placing it down somewhere then spending 5 minutes looking around for it , happens about 8 times and hour 40 minutes wasted.
I like most things working on a bike, but the most satisfying is taking it out for a spin and whatever you were working on works.
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Old 06-19-19, 07:53 AM
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least liked:

- cleaning rd pulleys (yuck!)
close second being gluing new tubulars with tubasti
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Old 06-19-19, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Miele Man View Post
For stuck Fixed cups I've found that the tool I made as per Sheldon Brown's Tool Hint works a charm.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/bbcups.html

Cheers
I have used that thing. It did work, but once I've gotten to that point I usually also need someone to sit on the frame so it doesn't react to the torque of the bar I'm reefing on! I've also made that Sheldon tool and then galled the threads of the bolt so badly that I couldn't use it a second time!! BB threads were fine however weirdly. That was a Canadian-made Pug. Good, solid frame!!

It's never a problem on my bike, only on friends' rigs. Which says more about the friends I have and how they care for their bikes than anything else. For these people I usually put the new bottom bracket in with generous amounts of anti-seize paste.
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Old 06-19-19, 11:31 AM
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I pretty much enjoy everything about working on bikes. One thing I hate is when something is made on so tight, I think I might break it trying to get it off. PB Blaster helps alot.
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Old 06-19-19, 01:05 PM
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Apprehensive with anything threaded, enough said
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Old 06-19-19, 01:20 PM
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Just the opposite to the OP...
Love: building/truing wheels. Riding on my own wheels gives me a sense of accomplishment, more than any other bike related work.
Not hate but not really like: bar taping. I'm not good at it, that might be the cause...
I don't really hate any bike work.
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Old 06-20-19, 04:46 AM
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i like working on bikes, but not when I'm trying to ride them.
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cup/cone wheel bearings, disassembly(all the grease and dirt), cone adjustment (fussiness)
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Old 06-24-19, 11:15 AM
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Dislike/like

I don't like doing repairs. I like doing modifications.
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I love most wrenching tasks. Even if it's frustrating, always get great satisfaction when the job is done.

I absolutely despise mounting tubeless tires. Swapped my road tubeless wheels back to tubes since it was driving me crazy. I heard mountain bike tires are easier, but I haven't converted me new mountain bike to tubeless yet.
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I FINALLY get around to catching up on this thread, and you had to post this:
Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
For the other procrastinators out there (I am perhaps a charter member in the club), I offer this recent article from the NY Times:

Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)
Well, I'll read the article tomorrow.

Like - almost everything. Bringing any old inop bike back to life. That first test ride, even when you know there's plenty more work to do. Oddly, I especially like discovering some of the "creative" maintenance gaffes left by previous owners. Bikes that we "bottom-feed", from the thrift store or free CL, etc. Some were obviously given up for dead, just because so many things were wrong, and/or were badly ham-fisted. It's fun finding out that reversing all those gaffes is all the bike really needed.

Dislike - taping drop bars. Yeah, seems to be a favorite "like" in this thread. And my last tape job, I think I did pretty well (Calvin Jones method). But I don't like having to commit to a tape color. And I'm terrible at keeping some colors clean; they get dirty just by looking at them. Also, I'm always second-guessing whether I've put the levers in the right position. It's one of those ops that's not amenable to tweaking afterward, and post-op tweaking is in my nature.
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Old 06-24-19, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by cromagnum View Post
I hate using a tool and placing it down somewhere then spending 5 minutes looking around for it , happens about 8 times and hour 40 minutes wasted.
Cromagnum, get yourself one of them there "OEM portable tear down trays" at Amazon or equivalent. (Sorry I'm too noob to be allowed URL post).

It will roll around the bike stand with you, and be the "somewhere" to put your tools down. You will lay out all your tools and supplies for the job at hand, then be like a surgeon ready to operate.

Least liked task: the hours spent searching for the runaway bearing ball or whatever tiny part gravity has just plucked right out of my fingers and launched across the floor to never-gonna-find-it-land.

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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
Oh I'm smoking ass pissed the eff off right now... trying to thread a brake cable through a cable yoke- and it started unstranding the cable- I didn't solder the end enough, or high enough up...

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Old 06-25-19, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
For the other procrastinators out there (I am perhaps a charter member in the club), I offer this recent article from the NY Times:

Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)
Maybe I'll read that tomorrow, at least I am pretty sure I will.
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Love: building bikes

Least liked: cleaning and lubing chains and adjusting threaded headsets. I don't particularly love adjusting hubs, but I see it as a challenge to be overcome that usually ends up well.
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Old 06-25-19, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by martl View Post
least liked:

- cleaning rd pulleys (yuck!)
close second being gluing new tubulars with tubasti
The links to your bikes, in your signature. That site has been dead since 2011. And it really never worked well for the 2 years prior.

Just sayin'.
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Least enjoyed tasks

Don't do that much wrenching other than minor adjustments, but adjusting Brakes has to be my least favorite. Went so far as to switch from V-brakes to Cantilevers because of all the hassles I had with the V-brakes.
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Don't do that much wrenching other than minor adjustments, but adjusting Brakes has to be my least favorite. Went so far as to switch from V-brakes to Cantilevers because of all the hassles I had with the V-brakes.
I feel the same way. Smooth posts with serrated tapered washers as found on Shimano SLR (MC-70 or MT-60/62) cantilever brakes separate the adjustment of toe and angle (yaw and roll axes for you aviators out there) into discrete separate steps of adjustment. This is in contrast to the V-brake setup with ball/socket washers where you have to get the pad oriented exactly and hold it there while tightening the bolt, which is no mean feat.
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