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Build vs. Buy Complete?

Old 08-01-21, 03:50 PM
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It’s almost always less expensive to buy a complete bike unless you have a garage full of bike parts like some of us do.
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Old 08-01-21, 03:53 PM
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I had a chocolate brown Steamroller, built it from the frame up almost 20 years ago, including the wheelset using old style Camp track hubs, Mavic rims, Campy track crankset, Brooks, Nittos, Eggbeaters…. I sold it about 5 years ago though. I still ride an old Bianchi track frame, also built from scratch around the same time.
I remember you riding that Steamroller. Have not seen/heard from you in a long time!
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Old 08-01-21, 04:03 PM
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I remember you riding that Steamroller. Have not seen/heard from you in a long time!
I’m back after a near 10 year hiatus!
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Old 08-01-21, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by roadfix View Post
I’m back after a near 10 year hiatus!
Glad you are back. I also came back after 7 years of absence. I still message with Herb every so often & been trying to catch a ride with him in Burbank.
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Old 08-12-21, 03:41 AM
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Where can one buy a complete Steamroller from?
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Old 08-12-21, 03:43 AM
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Also, when building a bike, are people using stands to hoist the frame up?
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Old 08-12-21, 07:19 AM
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Also, when building a bike, are people using stands to hoist the frame up?
Depends on what I am doing. The stand I use is from Aldi (yes, Aldi) that I got many moons ago. Makes my life easier.
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Old 08-12-21, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by helliot View Post
I rolled by the shop today and checked out the Steam Roller frame set. I was sold and will be building up a bike.
I ride a Steam Roller frame and it is outstanding.
The only critique I have is that I believe its really built for FG since the drill out for the rear break was very small and would not fit the breaks I had available, several diff brands, think they all had standard bolts ?
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Old 08-12-21, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by netjack View Post
Also, when building a bike, are people using stands to hoist the frame up?
using a sturdy repair stand make things so much easier, especially when torquing things down
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Old 08-23-21, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by netjack View Post
Also, when building a bike, are people using stands to hoist the frame up?
Guess I'm still shadetree; I build mine on the floor in the living room, sometimes sitting in my recliner.
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Old 08-23-21, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Jax Rhapsody View Post
Guess I'm still shadetree; I build mine on the floor in the living room, sometimes sitting in my recliner.
Me too. I put down a moving blanket or something so my wife doesn’t get angry about grease stains.
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Old 08-23-21, 06:01 PM
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Moved out to a small house in the ‘burbs with the ball and chain. Liked/liking life outside the city enough that we annexed the tiny house behind ours.

So now I got the entire first floor of the new house as my bike workshop!
Nothing in there but an old kitchen table, an old bike stand, a tv, a Bluetooth speaker and a bunch of tools. Sweet!

Haven’t been able to satisfy my new bike Jones in nigh on two years so am building up a new to me frame with parts I’ve been hoarding.
It’s an entirely different experience working on a bike in total comfort haha.

But, yeah, building. Woulda preferred buying complete/new tho.

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Old 08-31-21, 12:13 PM
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... we annexed the tiny house behind ours. So now I got the entire first floor of the new house as my bike workshop!
Nothing in there but an old kitchen table, an old bike stand, a tv, a Bluetooth speaker and a bunch of tools. Sweet!
^that would be my ideal situation. I have an indoor room in the basement that is my bike shop now, which works well enough. We're moving someday soon to a house that will have no such room. I'll be forced to convert a portion of the garage into a workspace. But when not working, both cars must be in the garage, so this will be a challenge to design and construct. Folding benches, rolling cases, wall storage, and it's not a tall ceiling garage either. So, bike storage will also be tough. Ugh.

As for having a bike within the living spaces...well, that would result in my immediate death. So, I don't go there...
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Old 08-31-21, 10:15 PM
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I had the same deal before we got our hands on the new little house. My home bike workshop was in a (small) indoor room in the basement. Not too bad if I didn’t also have twenty plus bikes in there lol.

It was pretty cramped in there. My wife and I were both beginning to regret the purchase of our first home together a little bit.

We’d bought the place in a bit of a hurry and initially only ever intended to wait out the lockdown here.
So we went a little bit on the smaller side because we both thought we would be moving right back. Only now it looks like we might be sticking around long-term. We liked the area enough that we were already looking for a bigger place in the same neighborhood.

It was super serendipitous that the tiny house behind ours went on the market right after we began searching for bigger digs.

The price was right and although small at only 1100 square feet with no basement, it adds two more bedrooms, doubles the size of our yard and now I got the living room, kitchen and dining room as my bike workshop/man-cave.

No more dark, dingy, smelly, moldy basement for me hahaha!

I’m painting the place now and hope to get all my bikes and bike stuff out of the basement and in there this weekend.
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[QUOTE=As for having a bike within the living spaces...well, that would result in my immediate death. So, I don't go there...[/QUOTE]

It’s probably not worth dying over lol.
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Old 08-31-21, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave View Post
...I like building and making things just so, but it also takes longer, costs more, and can be very tedious. For most people, I think buying complete is often the better way to go, but it depends on a lot of variables.
Same here... If I ever bought a complete bicycle I would more than likely take it all apart and reassemble it anyway...

There is another thing though. My old bike parts bin is getting very empty. Used to be I could put a bike together just from all the bike anatomy piled up in the garage. Slowly, it has all thinned out. Of course my wife loves this condition...
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Old 09-01-21, 12:39 AM
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My wife is always trying to get me to thin out my bike collection/parts bin.

When we initially moved in together, she and her parents actually thought I was going to get rid of a bunch of my bikes.

Her dad went so far as to suggest I just throw a couple out. He doesn’t understand I have been curating this collection for decades lol.

Same for my parts bin. Which I just added a whole lot of stuff to.

So, getting rid of either/or? NOT gonna happen hahaha!
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