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Step-by-Step on building/tuning up a bike(6 posts)

Step-by-Step on building/tuning up a bikeSlick21
Aug 8, 2002 2:45 AM
I don't know what order I should build up my new bike. I have the crankset, bb, and headset already installed. After I have installed everything, what order should I dial up the drivetrain in? Front derialler than the back, or what?

I'll post a pic of my new bike once I have it built up
re: Step-by-Step on building/tuning up a bikeTexas Spinner
Aug 8, 2002 4:01 AM
Here's how I do it in 3 steps:

1)Load in truck
2)Take to LBS
3)Pick up from LBS

Check to se if everythinh is tight, check loose spokes, check tires and btake pads before every ride on your own before every ride.
Tuning - Rear, front, rear…TFerguson
Aug 8, 2002 4:52 AM
I find that, since this the one time you tune it starting with no chain in the way, the best way is to:

Set the rear derailleur outside stop limit screw,
Attach the rear der. cable,
Set the inside rear der. limit screw (reverse these if it is a rapid rise),
Install the chain,
Attach the front der. cable,
Adjust both front stop screws (inside then outside),
Adjust front der. indexing,
Adjust rear der. indexing.
Set the rear der. B screw.

The instructions for each of these come with the parts.
I work from the back toward the front.Spoke Wrench
Aug 8, 2002 5:28 AM
Rear brake, rear derailleur, front derailleur, front brake. Immediately after I adjust one of the components, I trim the cable and crimp on the cable end. That way, if I'm called away, when I come back I can see where I left off.

Front derailleurs are a little sensitive to what is going on in back. I don't see how you could adjust the front limit screws without the chain in place and the rear derailleur pretty well dialed in. With the system I use, I can usually set up a front derailleur without having to make any barrel adjustments.
Set rear inside limit screw, whatever you do...cabinfever
Aug 8, 2002 7:18 AM
You don't want to attach the rear derailleur cable, check the shifting, and then shift it right into your rear wheel spokes! Other than that, for Shimano, I use their installation and maintenance instructions that come with their stuff. They tell you what positions to have your shifters and derailleurs in when attaching cables, etc.
Consistancy is importantCalvin
Aug 8, 2002 1:48 PM
There are several methods that work well. See one at