I try not to complain about not getting paid for my hours when building things. I understand that if I were to keep track of all my hours, the prices of customs bikes would be too much for people to afford, especially now. What I don’t understand is that, in an industry that calls itself “custom”, why so many component manufacturers are not willing to try to provide truly custom-made parts. For my new bike, icarus, the largest challenge has been getting help with some of the internal components, namely the short stroke flywheels and camshaft. These are parts that will be extremely hard for me to produce at my shop, either because I dont have the correct tools or knowledge. It is this that accounts for the real cost of a build… the parts you don’t see, the ones that take me months of searching and insane prices in order to get produced!
November 6, 2010
the problem with custom machines