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Old 04-07-20, 12:14 PM
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Over-thinking and re-working... Now 4 rideable bikes, aren't.

I've done it again... I just finished building up a Ron Cooper frame recently purchased from ebayUK. I had my CV-19 challenge built and ready to put some miles on. I was organising the general stash, and came across a gold plated (brass) chain... "Well that belongs on the green/gold shimmer painted Aegis challenge bike"... "And the black stem, doesn't belong on the red Cooper... Swap with the Titan which has black Sugino rings and gen 1 Cyclone derailleurs... Off comes tape, brake levers, on 2 bikes and brakes on the Aegis cause I'm going gold, with anodized Universal CX, but wait, the levers are non-aero... The Aegis is '90s era. And now half off the Holdsworth, and I forgot the blue tape half-on the Holdsworth, was meant for either the Titan or the Cooper. God forbid I go out and ride a bike or something... I'm going to put my Cyclops mounted Kestrel outside, and at least be on a saddle pretending to ride...
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I've successfully restrained myself from turning one randonneur-ish bike into a porteur and turning a townie into a drop bar bike. So far.
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Oh man, Ive been there!
I try to work on one at a time, but once in a while you end up looking at 3 or 4 perfectly rideable bikes and start THINKING!
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Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
I've done it again... I just finished building up a Ron Cooper frame recently purchased from ebayUK. I had my CV-19 challenge built and ready to put some miles on. I was organising the general stash, and came across a gold plated (brass) chain... "Well that belongs on the green/gold shimmer painted Aegis challenge bike"... "And the black stem, doesn't belong on the red Cooper... Swap with the Titan which has black Sugino rings and gen 1 Cyclone derailleurs... Off comes tape, brake levers, on 2 bikes and brakes on the Aegis cause I'm going gold, with anodized Universal CX, but wait, the levers are non-aero... The Aegis is '90s era. And now half off the Holdsworth, and I forgot the blue tape half-on the Holdsworth, was meant for either the Titan or the Cooper. God forbid I go out and ride a bike or something... I'm going to put my Cyclops mounted Kestrel outside, and at least be on a saddle pretending to ride...
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Haha, I totally get it. I am about to break down my 26" '87 Fisher commuter that works great to build up a bike for the GF. That will leave me with 2 rideable bikes, but I am about to swap the gruoppo on one and I really need to drop of the other to get the hanger aligned. When does it stop!?
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Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
I've done it again... I just finished building up a Ron Cooper frame recently purchased from ebayUK. I had my CV-19 challenge built and ready to put some miles on. I was organising the general stash, and came across a gold plated (brass) chain... "Well that belongs on the green/gold shimmer painted Aegis challenge bike"... "And the black stem, doesn't belong on the red Cooper... Swap with the Titan which has black Sugino rings and gen 1 Cyclone derailleurs... Off comes tape, brake levers, on 2 bikes and brakes on the Aegis cause I'm going gold, with anodized Universal CX, but wait, the levers are non-aero... The Aegis is '90s era. And now half off the Holdsworth, and I forgot the blue tape half-on the Holdsworth, was meant for either the Titan or the Cooper. God forbid I go out and ride a bike or something... I'm going to put my Cyclops mounted Kestrel outside, and at least be on a saddle pretending to ride...
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The solution is to have a loooong project list for the house and the motor vehicles. Bikes around here don't get messed with unless they absolutely need it, and maybe not even then.
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Your thread title is funny because we've All been there.
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...When does it stop!?
"In the grave, my boy, in the grave." (So quoth Mr. Natural.)
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And now I have to bring everything back inside...
Was a beautiful day here weatherwise.
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Your thread title is funny because we've All been there.
That's because NONE of our bikes are ever 'done'... There is always that one more little tweak -- that leads to yet another tweak, that.... well... you know... QED- No bike is ever 'done'!
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I have always looked at my bikes as if they were Lego blocks or Erector sets. I'll build them up, take them apart and build something else. Winter is the worst, when I have a lot of time where the weather is too crappy to ride and the mind starts to wonder. Sometimes I don't even get a ride on a new configuration when I take it apart and do something different.
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I went through this pre-plague a few months ago. When I added a new bike to the mix, stuff got shifted between four other bikes. Mostly cockpits and cranksets. It's not a big deal unless you're buying new bar tape. Stuff adds up!
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Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly View Post
Oh man, Ive been there!
I try to work on one at a time, but once in a while you end up looking at 3 or 4 perfectly rideable bikes and start THINKING!
Perfectly stated! Ohhhh the possibilities when looking at things. And spare components. "What about...?" Sometimes I feel like I'm playing real life Rummikub, trying to make combos into other combos just to use up all my tiles. Usually sanity steps in right at the last moment and says "For another day" and I acquiesce. "Riddle, why are those parts on that frame in the first place?" [insert handful of strong reasons] "Then why are you wanting to go away from that?" "...because?..."

Completion only gives way to emotion or "the thrill of possibility" when I feel--via looking at it and via riding it--that a bike is a bit lost, or rather, has lost a sense of identity or theme. Of course it's my fault because I'm the one with the tools to do so, but it's usually the result of making other bikes their most ideal. I did that with my Prologue last week. Took very nice parts that gave it a great look, and put other nice parts that had a different look (and feel) and boom, re-found identity and back to its ideal form.
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Clearly, the solution is more bikes.
Then you can be working on 4, 5, 6, and still have some that are rideable.
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I posted this picture in another forum thread recently showing how I have 4 really nice road bikes in the queue whose completion is stalled:



The Cannondale CAAD3 R1000 has been ridden by me for 1200 or so miles. I never finished the other 3 yet.
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Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
I've done it again... I just finished building up a Ron Cooper frame recently purchased from ebayUK. I had my CV-19 challenge built and ready to put some miles on. I was organising the general stash, and came across a gold plated (brass) chain... "Well that belongs on the green/gold shimmer painted Aegis challenge bike"... "And the black stem, doesn't belong on the red Cooper... Swap with the Titan which has black Sugino rings and gen 1 Cyclone derailleurs... Off comes tape, brake levers, on 2 bikes and brakes on the Aegis cause I'm going gold, with anodized Universal CX, but wait, the levers are non-aero... The Aegis is '90s era. And now half off the Holdsworth, and I forgot the blue tape half-on the Holdsworth, was meant for either the Titan or the Cooper. God forbid I go out and ride a bike or something... I'm going to put my Cyclops mounted Kestrel outside, and at least be on a saddle pretending to ride...
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First time I did this I was 11, and I had just got some birthday money, so off to the local hobby shop! Came back with three kits of 1/72 scale plastic WW2 British fighters: Spitfire, Hurricane, and a ... dunno, > 50 years ago! Any case they covered my desk for 2 years, and I finally only finished the Spitfire! Some of that was taken up with buying an airbrush and proper decals and camouflage paints, had to be Airfix, the Testors were just not period ... sheesh, sounds like today!

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Clearly, the solution is more bikes.
Then you can be working on 4, 5, 6, and still have some that are rideable.
For me, that is very not true. I used to have a collection of between six and ten vintage road bikes. They all took up time and the time they took up was, as often as not, riding time. Sooo.

I sold all but two, keeping my trusty Legnano GP. which is finished (to paint or not to paint is still a consideration, which has been ongoing for years,now)...


And my longest ever get it done vintage bike build, the Rabineick 120d which might not get done this year, either...


I am stuck, five hundred miles away from my lake cottage, dodging virus bullets. My guess is that I will be stuck here for quite a while. Lucky for me, I will be looking at a "minty" Concorde today, with a rear wheel that needs truing. Sorry, no pics - yet but have a wee look at my front yard, in Canada...
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For me, that is very not true. I used to have a collection of between six and ten vintage road bikes. They all took up time and the time they took up was, as often as not, riding time. Sooo.


I sold all but two, keeping my trusty Legnano GP. which is finished (to paint or not to paint is still a consideration, which has been ongoing for years,now)...



And my longest ever get it done vintage bike build, the Rabineick 120d which might not get done this year, either...



I am stuck, five hundred miles away from my lake cottage, dodging virus bullets. My guess is that I will be stuck here for quite a while. Lucky for me, I will be looking at a "minty" Concorde today, with a rear wheel that needs truing. Sorry, no pics - yet but have a wee look at my front yard, in Canada...

Oh, no worries on that score. I have bikes to ride. and at present, the time....


It's intending to make a small change/part swap and it turning into a three-(in this case, four)-ring circus.

and yeah... nice bikes and background.
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A planned "little tweak" sometimes turns into a big mess of amputated bikes.

Mrs non-fixie liked the Snel I built for her a couple of months ago as her first drop bar bike ...



... but during a recent ride she mentioned it "felt a little heavy". So I decided to look into it, with the objective to lose some weight.

I managed to shave off 1.5 kgs, but ended up with having replaced everything but the bars, saddle and shifter cable stops. And two other bikes out of commission because of missing parts ...



She rode it yesterday and said "it still feels a bit heavy".

A hobby, you said?
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