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Attitudes toward fixedgearfixedgearhead
Dec 11, 2002 4:38 AM
I was wondering what everybody has as an approach to how they build and maintain their bikes. Do they just do the least costly approach to get up and running or are they one to finish it out to the "Nth" degree. I can't stand to ride a bike that is not perfect. I have been know to have a bike repainted if it is not perfect. Compulsive? you bet. That is just my style. I have some friends who never wash their bikes and seem to fix or replace parts only when they fall off. Two examples of the extreme.

My first SS was a garage sale bikeDave Hickey
Dec 11, 2002 4:55 AM
Total cost was about $25.00. My lastest LOOK SS is decked out in the best track components and cost over $1200. My multi-geared bikes cost more, but my SS has the honor of being stored in the spare bedroom. It's cleaned after every ride. Yes, I'm compulsive.
my attitudeSteve_0
Dec 11, 2002 5:07 AM
bikes are transportation. meant to be used. Scratches provide character and evidence of use.

Havent washed my bike in 10 years (unless riding in the rain counts)

Maintenance? I choose a FG because theirs little TO maintain (replace a chain and sprocket now and then).
Various degreesmadstork
Dec 11, 2002 5:38 AM
depending on the bike. For me, I want the road bike clean and running well. It's built with practical parts but I may upgrade with a few lighter parts next year.

I look at my current fg/ss as a trainer and rain bike. I'm building up another old frame as a fg/ss also. Both will have budget parts, either from the parts box or from closeouts. I wipe these down and clean the chain, but don't worry if they get dirty.

The mtb is made for the dirt, right? So I like to get it dirty, hose it down a bit, and keep the chain lubed. If it rolls, shifts and brakes, that's good enough for me.
Not much choice hereTig
Dec 11, 2002 6:43 AM
Build: Being layed off, I had to go the cheapest route possible. Thanks to plenty of spare parts from old bikes and a few good deals from a garage sale, it was affordable. It happened to be fun this way, and only a few of the parts will end up being upgraded later.

Maintenance: For the same reason, I have to take good care of the bike. Having an education in aeronautic maintenance and working on NASA computers and flight H/W, as well as working as a mechanic in an LBS years ago makes keeping a bike in excellent working order second nature. I also think we can "pay the bike back" for the pleasure it gives us by taking good care of it. The reward is not breaking down somewhere far from home!
Your's might be the cheapest route possible but..Dave Hickey
Dec 11, 2002 7:26 AM
That is one beautiful bike. I had the pleasure of riding with Tig last weekend and his fixed gear is one fine machine.
It's a tool first, a work of art secondStraightblock
Dec 11, 2002 9:13 AM
I'm a former LBS wrench from my college days. I take good care of my bikes and don't let them get banged up carelessly, but I'm not compulsive about a bike having concours appearance. Juggling work, family, and cycling means maintenance sometimes has to take a back seat. If I've got an extra half hour of cycling time, I'd rather spend it on the road than standing in the garage cleaning my bike with a Q-Tip®. I make sure the drivetrains are cleaned and lubed regularly and everything is mechainically sound, but some of the bikes only get a thorough pimp-out a couple of times a year.

It's kind of a win-lose situation with a full stable, too. There's a lot more maintenance to do, but there's always a bike in good shape to ride. Living in California also has its advantages, with very few rainy day rides to increase the upkeep, and of course one of the many attractions of fixed gear bikes is their simplified maintenance.
It's a tool firstfixedgearhead
Dec 11, 2002 9:45 AM
I guess I get a great amount of pleasure from wrenching them also. I enjoy riding a nice looking bike. A friend said it best. "Friends don't let Friends ride Junk". I am retired, so I do have more time thatn some folks.

One of my friends put it another wayStraightblock
Dec 11, 2002 10:06 AM
"I'm a bike rider, not a bike shiner."

But I love working on them, too. I just finished a fixed gear project from a $9 thrift store bike. A nice 80's chromoly lugged Japanese bike with decent components. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, though. It's not even my size. It just looked like a fun project. I'll find a new home for it & make room for another one, I guess.
One of my friends put it another wayfixedgearhead
Dec 11, 2002 10:13 AM
My first bike that I built was 25 Dollars total. Scrounged parts and cheap frame. I still ride it and love it. There ain't no bad ones. Just more expensive ones.

One of my friends put it another wayfixedgearhead
Dec 11, 2002 12:26 PM
I'm a rider too. Not right now with 2 " of snow and slush on the roads but 50-75 miles a day when the weather permits, year round. 100 miles once a month. That much is necessary to keep the cholestrol in check and the weight under control. I actually feel withdrawl symptoms if I don't ride every day. It is the way I spend my retirement time.

A trainer is not
the same