|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!!|
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 !