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Old 06-16-19, 03:54 PM
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One of the best things I like about the work I do is making a beautiful old rustbucket into a working rider again.
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Old 06-16-19, 04:29 PM
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Love: rebuilding and adjusting pedals and loose ball bottom brackets.

Hate: polishing old spokes in a wheel.
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Old 06-16-19, 04:49 PM
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I hate committing to a wheel overhaul, the cleaning, the greasing bearings, bleh.

I love a wheel overhaul after committing to it. The cleaning, truing, greasing bearings, all of it. So satisfying once complete.
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I don't mind doing any job but I only do it if it needs doing.
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I love cleaning up a frame and repacking the headset, then getting it to this state. All possibility, no frustrations yet.

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Love: pulling components apart, cleaning, greasing, and putting them back together again - brifters and hubs especially.

Love: polishing parts. The more beat up to start with the better.

Hate: repairing punctures.
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Old 06-16-19, 07:43 PM
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I love truing wheels, and thus building them.
As far as cleaning and polishing goes, I don't.
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Wrapping bar tape and overhauling cup-and-cone hubs or bbs are my favorite tasks. I also enjoy rust cleanup and polishing aluminum.

Least favorite would be cleaning chains and truing wheels.
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Originally Posted by mechanicmatt View Post
I hate committing to a wheel overhaul, the cleaning, the greasing bearings, bleh.

I love a wheel overhaul after committing to it. The cleaning, truing, greasing bearings, all of it. So satisfying.



so f'n true.
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Old 06-16-19, 09:53 PM
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I love cleaning components, overhauling an old bike, and setting it up to work better than it did new.


I hate figuring out where a clicking noise is coming from. Pedals? Chainring bolts? Bottom bracket? Loose crank arm?
It makes a nose when riding, doesn't when its on the stand, etc etc etc.
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Old 06-17-19, 05:03 AM
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I don't mind anything about the wrenching aspects of vintage bikes except wrapping handlebars. I currently am procrastinating on three bikes in that regard, mostly, I think, because I'm awful at it and haven't ever gotten better. I'm pretty bad at lacing wheels as well, so tend to procrastinate there too, but still enjoy it, and sense a modest improvement in my ability over time.
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Old 06-17-19, 05:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 View Post
Full overhaul of a new acquisition? Love it.
Routine maintenance? Grumble.
Exactly me.

Also: hate installing tires and tubes...destroys my annoyingly arthritic hands
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I hate tight tire/rim combinations, such as the Contis and Campag. Omegas on my Bianchi.

I hate breaking a really "fixed" fixed BB cup loose. When I had the 1959 Capo repainted, I had Jim Cunningham remove the fixed cup. Cyclart had a vise on top of a post in the middle of a room, and it took his BB tool and the strength of both of us, one on the head tube, the other on the rear dropouts, to break the thing loose.

I hated cutting cables and housings until I got a really nice cable cutter -- nothing like having the right tool for the job. To generalize, I like most automobile, bicycle, appliance, and home repair tasks for which I have the proper tools, but I sometimes get frustrated if I cannot safely and efficiently improvise.

I have always enjoyed wheel building and truing, as long as the rim is in decent shape. I like using derailleurs, and I like installing and tuning them.
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Old 06-17-19, 01:02 PM
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Iíll second adjusting seats. For some reason, whether itís an old or new style clamp I always have to try three times to get it leveled. Also getting old style county brake pads just right. Every time I think Iíve got it, I find the total for the angle or something isnít quite right.

On the other hand, adjusting derailleur cable tension just right is really satisfying. The feel of a smooth repacked bearing, whether it be a bottom bracket for wheel, is also really enjoyable.
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Old 06-17-19, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by BFisher View Post
The recent freewheel thread got me thinking. Some stuff I don't mind doing, others may not care to. Some things I don't like to do, others may enjoy.

Do you have a favorite wrenching task? A least favorite? I'll start.

I really like wrapping handlebars. Cloth tape, Cello, cork, ribbon...I like doing them all...
That's 'cos you're good at it, going by the pic. It's called mastery
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Old 06-17-19, 02:12 PM
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Iíll second adjusting seats. For some reason, whether itís an old or new style clamp I always have to try three times to get it leveled. Also getting old style county brake pads just right. Every time I think Iíve got it, I find the total for the angle or something isnít quite right.

On the other hand, adjusting derailleur cable tension just right is really satisfying. The feel of a smooth repacked bearing, whether it be a bottom bracket for wheel, is also really enjoyable.
I love it when I get a bottom bracket just right and give the crank that first super smooth spin. All smiles.
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Old 06-17-19, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by conspiratemus1 View Post
That's 'cos you're good at it, going by the pic. It's called mastery
Thanks! Although, I did choose that pic on purpose.
I've had my share of bar wrapping goofs, but have gotten pretty good at it.
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Old 06-17-19, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by scarlson View Post
Snipped

But worst of all is bottom brackets. There is always some problem. Some stuck fixed cup that damages even my vise jaws before I resort to heating it red hot and destroying the paint,snipped
For stuck Fixed cups I've found that the tool I made as per Sheldon Brown's Tool Hint works a charm.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/bbcups.html

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I like nearly all aspects of wrenching on bikes, the only things I don't enjoy are the simple tasks that sometimes become frustratingly fiddly: aligning disc brake calipers, running internal cable/housing, getting the end of the brake cable to stay in place in the anchor when setting up traditional brake levers, adjusting post style brake pad alignment, etc.
Same here, especially if the fiddly thing won't stay put, or if some early error in the process dooms me to imperfect alignment. The fenders on my Sport SX seem to be like that, but I've gotten them in a better spot recently.

BTW, I do love building and truing wheels. In fact, I relish taking an old bent wheel and getting creative in restoring it to rideable shape.

I think all of this is predicated on having plenty of time to do the task, though. If my time is constrained, I enjoy the thing much less. I doubt I could be a profitable bike shop employee.
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Least enjoyable: removing non-drive side BB cup thats been on a bike for 45 years
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I enjoy cleaning, lubing, tuning. Drive trains in particular. I strive to make them purr.
Least enjoyable task would be dealing with ANYTHING “stripped” or “seized”.
(Although, l must admit, “freeing” a frozen fastener/whatever... is VERY rewarding! LOL)
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Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
I currently am procrastinating on three bikes in that regard, mostly, I think, because I'm awful at it and haven't ever gotten better.
I'm sitting on, and VERY slowly working on 4.

I've got a VERY VERY nice wheel set waiting for one- and yet I'm dragging my feet...
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i loooooove building things. from wheels, to complete bicycles (i haven't made my own frame yet, but soon!), i just love wrenching.

i hate cleaning though. my bikes sit dirty for way too long because of it.
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For the other procrastinators out there (I am perhaps a charter member in the club), I offer this recent article from the NY Times:

Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)
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