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Addiction LXXVII

Old 03-29-20, 11:13 AM
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are you saying you could build a bike in 10 hours?
I can remember when he was reluctant to tape his bars....look at him now! He's all growed up!

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
If someone paid me $20 to build a bicycle it would work out to about $2/hour.
I might be able to make $20/hr. If they were steel. (Unlikely). No crabon paste or torque wrenching. And if they used cartridge bbs.
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I just got a call from the boss, asking me if I could build 100 bikes by Friday(for $20 each)

Looks like I won't get much saddle time this week.
That’s a lot of bikes. Get Les to help out.
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Originally Posted by ls01 View Post
are you saying you could build a bike in 10 hours?
A single speed.
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Old 03-29-20, 11:19 AM
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A single speed balance bike.
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
I used my floor jack to re-position the leveling blocks under Mrs. LAJ's shed. I forgot about that.
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Do the jack and stands. You can do way more with them than ramps.
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Ramps are dificult to store. And difficult to line up just right. And difficult to trust.
Thanks dudes. I did enough handwringing that it became irritating.
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Old 03-29-20, 11:23 AM
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We have an older ultrasonic humidifier in our bedroom. The seal/gasket between the reservoir and the base somehow deteriorated and disintegrated. A google search for the part was fruitless.

I decided to hack a new gasket using an old inner tube. It worked!

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This quarantine thing has me so out of sorts that I'm back on BF browsing the Addiction thread. Scary times.

One perk of #newdadlife is that I've been using Zwift almost exclusively for the last 6-7 months other than a weekend outdoor quickie anyway, and have gradually become decent at some of the racing. My real life bike buddies, who are objectively much better racers in real life, are now getting roasted in Zwift because they haven't figured out the nuances to drafting/pack dynamics etc. Silver lining.
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no Costco here, just BJs
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Old 03-29-20, 11:26 AM
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I stimulated the economy. Messing with coupons I got both these for $120 shipped with tax. I'm pleased about that v. $40 ramps. I did have some fear of getting smushed by the ramps. Jack weighs 70lbs and I don't have go inside and get COVID.

sbxx car work here we come.

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Old 03-29-20, 11:27 AM
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the bright side is that depending on where you live, there’s some great riding to be found
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I decided to hack a new gasket using an old inner tube. It worked!
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I borrowed a floor jack and installed the RCI skid on the Tundra. I could fit under without jacking the truck up and used the floor jack to position the skid.

It got so claustrophobic I had to stop a lot. I almost threw up a couple times. Not doing that again.
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Old 03-29-20, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I just got a call from the boss, asking me if I could build 100 bikes by Friday(for $20 each)

Looks like I won't get much saddle time this week.
Holeee carp. Sounds like a long week. Straight piece work or on top of wages?

Working in the back room, or out on the floor?
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Old 03-29-20, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by ls01 View Post
Do the jack and stands. You can do way more with them than ramps.
I bought a cheap floor jack once - the major problem with it is that it didn't have enough vertical lift, so it was really tough to get the jack stands under the car. The larger models could lift higher.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
If someone paid me $20 to build a bicycle it would work out to about $2/hour.
for me it’s about $60/hour
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This quarantine thing has me so out of sorts that I'm back on BF browsing the Addiction thread. Scary times.
We've reached the desperation stage.
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I made the mistake of going to full site view on my phone. Anyone know how I can switch back?
For me there is a big green banner at the bottom that says "View Mobile Site"

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Old 03-29-20, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
I might be able to make $20/hr. If they were steel. (Unlikely). No crabon paste or torque wrenching. And if they used cartridge bbs.
For me it really depends on if the cables are non-aero or aero.

Aero routing is much fussier.

Also friction downtube vs indexed dt/brifters.

I feel confident that I could put together a standard* road bike in an hour though.

*Mechanical shifters, cable caliper brakes, external cable routing. Add 30 minutes for cantilever brakes.
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"Build a bicycle" means different things to different people.

It's relatively easy/quick to "build a bicycle" the way they come from the factory in a box (or from bikesdirect.com), compared to building up a bare frame and groupset. Running the cables alone is going to take a big chunk of time.
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I have a hunch there might be a low pressure area centered over WI...

I’ll buy that.
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Went for a ride and saw quite a few small groups pretending to keep distance between riders and some just riding as usual. It is manifestly impossible to maintain a sanitary distance behind a rider and remain in conversation.
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
I stimulated the economy. Messing with coupons I got both these for $120 shipped with tax. I'm pleased about that v. $40 ramps. I did have some fear of getting smushed by the ramps. Jack weighs 70lbs and I don't have go inside and get COVID.

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You got two jackstands, correct?
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You got two jackstands, correct?
I assumed they came as a pair since all the other stands came as a pair. Reviews seemed to be the case.
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for me it’s about $60/hour
I would be much slower.
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