I realized this week that my parts bin has almost enough parts to build a 26" mountainbike. Just need a frame to hang them on.
There is a Surly 1x1 frame on Craigslist for $300 in my size (it's even green). Comes with a bottom bracket and cranks, two of the three things I don't have in the parts bin. $30 more for a headset and I'd have myself a rockin' singlespeed.
Here's the part where I realize how bad I've got the bug. . . the dishwasher is broken. It conked out a few days ago. I'm pretty sure there's no way I'm going to resurrect it, but I'll fiddle with it a bit. So we should buy a new dishwasher.
Given a choice between the 1x1 frame and new dishwasher I would choose the 1x1 in a heartbeat.
I would rather have yet another bike and have to do the dishes by hand for the foreseeable future, without a doubt.
Fortunately (?) I have a wonderful wife who won't let this happen. At the moment we don't have the money for a new dishwasher, much less a bike frame. Grad school, one income, student loans, a toddler and I'd still rather be doing the dishes by hand.
Maybe if I offer to wash ALL the dishes for the next four years she'd let me buy the frame. I'd do it to you know.