Is there anything more satisfying…
Than building up your own bike?
Bought a really nice Soul frame off here and am currently mid build. Just waiting for a few bits to arrive with the postie to finish off ( why is it always a seat clamp?)
Was just reflecting on all of the bike builds I’ve done over the years and how really very satisfying it is to go from a pile of bits to something that not only do I get tons of pleasure from riding, but I also know intimately how it all went together.
So does anyone else get this pleasure too?Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
Building bikes is incredibly rewarding. Building my own wheels felt like an unbelievable achievement
Even though other than the
social inadequate’speople on this site, when you proudly announce either of these things, people will just shrug then look at you with a mystified and bemused expression.
Best stick with telling them you’ve just had a really big pooPosted 4 years agochivesMember
Walking out (well, hobbling if I’m honest) of A&E yesterday evening after spending about 8 hours flat on my back wearing a neck brace following a pretty big OTB stack that morning. Being told (after x-rays and finally a CT scan) my neck / back wasn’t broken or dislocated was pretty satisfying. Aching like a bitch today mind you!
+1 on the build it yourself thing – yet to put a set of wheels together, but it’s on the to do list.Posted 4 years agoScapegoatSubscriber
I’ve built several bikes now, but as others have said, building a wheel was very rewarding, as was learning how to dismantle and service forks. I created this tapered 20mm maxle Revelation from two forks, one of which was originally white, and built the wheel to stick on it. Very satisfying.Posted 4 years agondthorntonMember
Midway through one at the moment. Really love the bargain hunting and getting home to see what postie has delivered more than bolting it all together. Enjoy the wheel building though as I can do that inside in front of the TV. To be honest I tend to buy wheels whole as its cheaper – then replace rims when they wear out. This time had no choice though as using an alfine 8 and wanted a chunky rim for my full suss build.
Learning to build wheels is ace as now i’m totally independent of the bike shop for maintenance.Posted 4 years agondthorntonMember
Yes – I tend to go a bit further. I like to get new rims, BB, headset, chain-rings, chain, cassette. Most other parts have a long life and/or can be serviced easily to bring them up to scratch.
Especially bars, stem, cranks, seatpost, QR – why on earth would you get new!!Posted 4 years ago
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