A fine way to waste a Saturday morning

Two weekends ago, a couple of friends came over, and we built up a bike. Over a few cups of tea, we overcame a few problems, shared a few tips and cobbled a decent fixed gear from a pile of parts.

If you’ve never done this before, I’ll let you into a little secret: it’s not as hard as it seems. Next time that something starts creaking, you upgrade a part or even want a whole new bike, consider doing it yourself.

Start small, do some research (Bicycle Tutor and Sheldon Brown are cycle-repair bibles) and see how you get on.