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Old 01-12-07, 01:06 PM
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Time riding vs. Time wrenching?

So what's your time distribution between actual riding, and all other things bike related? i.e. wrenching, drooling over catalogs, and last but not least, trolling the forums.
I think in general I'm close to 10hrs riding for every one hour wrench/drool/forum. But then i get something shiny or find a cool thread and the number plummets....

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Originally Posted by acroy
So what's your time distribution between actual riding, and all other things bike related? i.e. wrenching, drooling over catalogs, and last but not least, trolling the forums.

We keep our catalogs in the bathroom, so, depending on how much coffee I've had, some weeks I probably get dangerously close to a 1:1 ratio.

Seems really odd to lump wrenching in with drooling over catalogs & trolling the forums. I can *almost* understand putting the last two in the same category, as *at best* both can convey ideas or inspiration about some future cycle-related activity, and *at worst* both can be colossal wastes of time. Wrenching on the other hand is almost always of some direct value to cycling. (Even incompetantly done wrenching is valuable if a lesson is inevitably learned.)
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
We keep our catalogs in the bathroom, so, depending on how much coffee I've had, some weeks I probably get dangerously close to a 1:1 ratio.

Seems really odd to lump wrenching in with drooling over catalogs & trolling the forums. I can *almost* understand putting the last two in the same category, as *at best* both can convey ideas or inspiration about some future cycle-related activity, and *at worst* both can be colossal wastes of time. Wrenching on the other hand is almost always of some direct value to cycling. (Even incompetantly done wrenching is valuable if a lesson is inevitably learned.)
well yeah I see your point, it could be devided up other ways, but i figured the purpose of the bike is to ride it, so thus the question of time riding bike vs. time doing other stuff related to it.
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Actual riding time 10% (at most).
Bike maintenance 1-2% (at most).
Thinking about, dreaming about, scheming about, talking about, lying about, etc. 88% (maybe more).
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I used to love working on mechanical stuff -- cars, bikes, motorcycles -- now it's a drag.

I build all my own bicycles, so I'm very careful to select components that will last. I don't care if the unobtain-ium parts weigh 3.456 grams less. A 25 pound road bike is perfectly acceptable to me so long as it will hold-up for a lot of miles after I build it without a lot of additional wrenching.

I've got about a 1000 miles on the last bike I built, and the only work I've done to it is cleaning, lube and tire maintenance.

Life is short, get as much out of it as you can.
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Time wrenching is definitely less than time riding. Time spent thinking about cycling (including being on BF), umm, way too much.
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I ride about 100X more than I wrench. I keep my bikes up so they dont need much.
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99.9999% riding, rest wrenching

Fixed gear is as low maintenance as man has ever been able to invent. I dont get attached to my bikes, its just a tool to get a job done. Im not a gear junkie in any form,shape or fashion. I respect and admire riding skills and fitness, both of which cannot be bought, that's where I spend my efforts.
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