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New bike assembly advice please(8 posts)

New bike assembly advice pleaseBill is in Denver
Jul 24, 2002 6:45 AM
Ok, so I bought a lightspeed atlas off ebay. New in the box, never opened, never assembled. I intended to receive it here and put it together then have a competant litespeed dealer go over it if everything didn't work great. Well, now my company is sending me to nowhere maine (greenville - no bike shops anywhere nearby) for several weeks and I think I'll just have the bike sent there. I am very mechanically inclined (cars, motorcycles, airplanes, etc) and am cofident that I'm no mechanical moron..but I have never seen a bike in the box and not sure what will be involved in assembling it. Also being new to road bikes doesn't help. Any advice would be appreciated.

re: New bike assembly advice pleasetronracer
Jul 24, 2002 7:00 AM
re: New bike assembly advice pleaseBill is in Denver
Jul 24, 2002 7:09 AM
Thank you sir...
re: New bike assembly advice pleaseDragon33
Jul 24, 2002 7:16 AM
Congrats on your purchase, I too just bought a new TI bike. To assemble your bike you should need no more than an allen wrench set and maybe a pedal wrench. Complete bike are usually sent with the front wheel removed, seat and post removed, handlebar and stem off. The lever, cables, etc are typically all together. It should be easy.

Hope you like your new bike.
A few commentsjagiger
Jul 24, 2002 7:37 AM
Since you've worked on cars/bikes you should have no problem. Having a feel for proper bear setting is key & knowing the importance and use of torque wrenches is good too. You should inspect the bottom bracket to be sure that it was properly faced to correctly accept the bb. Also, if you have an integrated headset the bearing would have to be pressed into the headset, which you should have someone do.

You might want to have a bike repair manual (Zinn or Bicycling Mag's) just for reference while you are working. Let us know how it goes.
re: New bike assembly advice pleaseNo_sprint
Jul 24, 2002 9:48 AM
Well, I assume that there are several levels of *never assembled*. This could be bare bones, BB and headset not installed, fork uncut, cables not routed, no pedals, no handlebar tape, cassette not on, no tires/tubes, ders still in boxes, etc. To the contrary, it could have been a package bike and come mostly assembled, with cut fork and only the wheels and handlebar off.

If it's completely unassembled and the fork is uncut, which, hopefully it is so you can size it properly for yourself, you'll need a place to buy any spacers you'd like and you'll need a hacksaw just to do that part. I recommend taking it somewhere to have the BB and headset installed. Good luck!

Don't cut that fork too short. Start too long and recut if you have to.
re: New bike assembly advice pleaseBill is in Denver
Jul 24, 2002 11:28 AM
Well, it is however litespeed ships them from the factory. I guess I will know more when it nowhere maine. I'm sure I can get to a real bike shop somehow...likely several hours away. Hopefully it's bolt on the bars, put on the wheels, see if it shifts properly and head down the road. We shall see I guess.

Wow that is nowhere. . .js5280
Jul 24, 2002 11:45 AM
but it will be absolutely beautiful, as a child I've been to Moosehead Lake. Maine is one my favorite places in the world, I try to go there every year to visit my grandparents (my favorite people in the world), eat lobster, and practice my "ayuh." I'll be about 90 miles south of there (Waterville area) toward the end of August. Have fun w/ the new bike! Watch out for moose. . . ;-)