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Building your own bike?(19 posts)

Building your own bike?fbg111
Jul 30, 2002 11:30 AM
Just wondering if anyone here builds their own bike. How common is it for an end user to buy a stripped frame, pick the components, and put it all together?
that's my preferenceDougSloan
Jul 30, 2002 11:39 AM
I'm so picky in how things are set up, I'd much prefer to build it myself. If someone else does it, I end up changing everything.

The key is to get all the right tools, though.

I hope we don't have to hear that story yet again of...ET
Jul 30, 2002 11:53 AM
how you cut the steerer too low and ruined that Colnago C-40 fork. :-)
thanks for not mentioning it nmDougSloan
Jul 30, 2002 11:57 AM
that's my preferencefbg111
Aug 4, 2002 6:05 AM
What are the right tools for a road bike, and do you know offhand any good sources of info on this? I'm a biking noob, but I build my own computers and tinker with my car, and want to learn how to do the same with bikes now too.
re: ...quite common...Akirasho
Jul 30, 2002 11:45 AM
... sometimes, a high end frame can find it's way into your hands for a song... you might have a few donor components or access to new... wrench here... torque there... viola...

Most of my current road bikes were built up from bare frames. The exceptions are an old '96 Cannondale CAAD3 and a Cervelo P2K. Sometimes, you can build up a frame cheaper than retail... at the very least, you can build it up the way you want (you can mix and match what you might have on hand... what you need... what you want).

The build only requires a few specialty tools (only a handful of tasks might need a LBS).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Uh, just ignore me if this is a touchy subject at your house...Spoke Wrench
Jul 30, 2002 11:56 AM
but how many complete, rideable bicycles do you own?
... currently 15...Akirasho
Jul 30, 2002 3:11 PM
... along with two frames (coming along) and a Rivendell (yet to be built).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
hee hee ... lucky your not an Arab or a Mormon ...Spirito
Jul 30, 2002 4:51 PM
with your penchance for collecting you wouldn't have the energy to ride a bike at all.

re: ...quite common...fbg111
Aug 4, 2002 6:07 AM
Those are some sweet looking bikes. I'm jealous now. Gotta learn how to do this myself now. Thanks for the link. I'm gonna start a thread for peeps to post pics of their homebuilt bikes, I'm curious to see what the experts have done.
re: Have done a few that way.dzrider
Jul 30, 2002 12:01 PM
The work isn't that complicated. If you don't have specific tools for installing the head set, let your LBS do it rather than buying a pricey tool that you'll use infrequently or doing it with vice and a mallet. The same may be true of modern bottom brackets, but I've only done old ones.

Buying a new bike with new components, I'd try to get the whole thing done by the seller. Working with a basement gruppo I'd do it myself.
Echo the headset advice. I've not had . . .morrison
Jul 30, 2002 12:31 PM
problems with brackets, though.
Me either, but I hear they're different than the old ones.dzrider
Jul 30, 2002 12:35 PM
When I first started posting on this board I gave some bad advice because I was unaware that cassettes had changed from 8 loose cogs to 9 speeds with some loose cogs and carriages. I was trying to avoid that kind of error.
re: Have done a few that way.fbg111
Aug 4, 2002 6:08 AM
What are these pricey tools you need? Are they specifically for installing the headset?
A non-mechanic's success storycory
Jul 30, 2002 1:26 PM
I'd done my own maintenance for years, but nothing more involved than lubrication and adjustments. When I decided I had to have an Atlantis the same year my son started college and my daughter started driving (that sucking sound is my money disappearing), I ordered the frame and about $300 worth of parts from Rivendell (rear wheel, crank, some small stuff).
With that, the parts bin and Zinn's book, I built the thing up in an evening. As near as I can tell, I have about $1300 in a bike that would have cost ~$2000 assembled. Barring a couple of really minor fiddles, it's run perfectly for 3000 miles. I used some fairly low-end parts (LX-level, mostly), planning to upgrade later, but so far i don't see any reason to.
A non-mechanic's success storyfbg111
Aug 4, 2002 6:09 AM
That's awesome, I didn't think you could make the bike for much cheaper than a retailer/LBS with shipping charges and tool costs. I just wanted to do it to learn all about how a bike and its components work and are designed, but lower price is a nice fringe benefit.
PS: What's Zinn's Book? (nm)fbg111
Aug 4, 2002 6:12 AM
re: Building your own bike?PMC
Jul 30, 2002 1:33 PM
I prefer to build my own bikes be it mountain or road. Set up can be very personal and I just have a certain way I like things. I've bought complete bikes but usually end up tinkering with the set up.
re: Building your own bike?mfuchs1
Jul 31, 2002 9:35 AM
I built both of my road bikes myself a Pinarello with Chorus 8 speed and when I crashed it I salvaged what I could and built up a Klein Quantum Pro. I chose exactly what I wanted from the seatpost to the cables and everything in between and when I was done it came out a little cheaper than buying a complete bike without haveing to change everything to get what I want like I did with my mountain bike.

I bought a Trek 6000 mtb on sale and now the only thing origional on it is the frame, headset and seatpost clamp but it is exacly the way I want it now