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New Frame. What next?(7 posts)

New Frame. What next?Jack Daniels
Feb 14, 2002 7:10 AM
Ok I ordered a new frame and it should be here any day now. What should I get done at the lbs? I know I can do 95% of the work myself. The only really thing I know I can't do is press on the head set because I do not have the tool unless I make something myself. Has anyone ever used a long threaded rod with some washers and nut on each side to press on a head set? Does it work well or is it just easier to take it to the lbs and have them do it?
Thank you
Prepping a new frame...Cima Coppi
Feb 14, 2002 7:22 AM
I would have the LBS install the headset for you. Not only do they have the proper tools to install the cups, but they also have the crown race tool to set the race properly. This installation should not cost you more than $20.

Also, while you have the frame in their shop, have them clean out and face the b/b threads, and have them run a quick alignment check on the frame, fork and dropouts.

Bottom bracket and head setMcAndrus
Feb 14, 2002 7:55 AM
I did the same thing myself but I had the LBS do the bottom bracket also. I don't have the tools for that and it's an expensive screw up if I make a mistake.

On the rest of it, I really enjoyed putting the bike together. I hadn't done a complete bike for 20-some years and it was a lot of fun.
Agree, bottom bracket and head set -NMTig
Feb 14, 2002 7:57 AM
yes and notcr01
Feb 14, 2002 7:59 AM
I've done the homemade headset press before and it worked fine. I also did this on a friends frame I was building for him. He gave me the go ahead to try it. It was questionable and somewhat crude, but did work out OK. If I were doing it for a new frame of my own, I would have it done with the correct tool.

I should mention the frame I tried it on was steel and I was pressing Al. cups into it. I figured I would have a better chance of ruining the headset before the frame.

My advice would be the same as CC's. Take it to a shop.
You didn't mention the material...Lone Gunman
Feb 14, 2002 9:12 AM
Frame saver or Boeshield 9? if the frame is steel. Frame paint saver tape at the contact points of cables and components like bottle cages and frame pumps. Grease all threads before installation.
Where do you get frame saver tape?? NMmikebikr
Feb 18, 2002 8:18 AM