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Prepping of new frame(5 posts)

Prepping of new framekilimanjaro
Jun 3, 2001 10:04 PM
I am thinking about ordering a frame and stripping my current components to save some money. I remember a bike mechanic at the LBS mentioning something about preping a frame. What is involved in preping? Why can't the manufacturer do it? Lastly, how much should I expect to pay if I ask a LBS to do it.

Thanks and Regards,

re: Prepping of new framecarbonguy
Jun 3, 2001 10:16 PM
Sometimes when a frame comes from a manufacturer it still needs a couple finishing touches. Your headtube needs to be "faced" (sp?), your bottom bracket threads need to be "chased" and the shell also should be "faced" you sometimes also need to chase the threads on your derailier hanger and make sure it is straight as well as checking that the frame is straight also. I does take some time for a shop mechanic to do all this so I think one might expect to pay $40 or $50 dollars for this kind of work.
re: Prepping of new frameCima Coppi
Jun 4, 2001 7:25 AM
Carbonguy nailed this on the head for frame prep. While you are having your LBS prep the frame, go ahead and have them install your headset and BB. Unless you have the special tools for the headset (cup presses, race setters), you'll never get it on correctly. While the BB shell is being prepped, you may as well have them install the BB too.
re: Prepping of new frameveloboy
Jun 4, 2001 2:24 PM
I always throw a good coat of wax on it before I start hanging components on too.
re: Prepping of new frameHank
Jun 4, 2001 10:23 AM
should be included in the price of the frame if you are buying from a decent shop. Many frames come prepped and ready to go from the builders - all the frames I've ever bought from from small US builders have come that way. But if you are buying a more mass-produced frame or an Italian frame, make sure you do it through a good shop.