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Building my first road bike (general questions)(5 posts)

Building my first road bike (general questions)earnd193
Nov 18, 2002 6:35 PM
My new triathlon bike is on the way (yippee) and I have decided to take the challenge, and more as a learning experience than anything, build it up myself (with the exception of BB and headset). I have a fairly good understanding of components, etc. but I'm wondering if anyone has any good websites for a first timer like me. Of course, I do have my LBS and a few books to rely on if I get stuck. Thanks!! (nm)Ligon
Nov 18, 2002 6:40 PM
re: Building my first road bike (general questions)gtx
Nov 18, 2002 9:37 PM

maybe get the Zinn book, too
re: Building my first road bike (general questions)Sam1
Nov 20, 2002 1:57 PM

I'm also diving in the deep end and building my first bike. I discovered a guy at Branford Bikes actually makes a step by step video. His name is Tim Laflin and he seems like a nice guy. The vid is at

I also bought a book called "how to build the perfect bike". Don't bother with it. My techy skills are limited, but even I found this book to be elementary. Bicycling Magazine maintenance book seems to be the best I've seen and the Zinn one is quite good.

The Zinn book is good. Also try to deal with your LBS.PeterRider
Nov 20, 2002 8:11 PM
Maybe you can make a deal with your LBS, and do it there under the supervision of a mechanic, and then give them a bit of money or something like that...

I did this in July, I put together my bike mostly at the bike shop (also first time). I was calling the guy when I had a hard time or didn't know something. I used his tools, his grease, his teflon tape... The only thing I didn't do was put the headset, I put also the BB myself. And he refused my money !! But now he has a customer :) The other day I made a cake and gave him some...

Putting the bike together took much less time than I was expecting. Even if I did all possible mistakes, like inverting right/left for brakes, cutting housing when the cable was inside...

Have fun !