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Step-by-step road bike assembly guide?(5 posts)

Step-by-step road bike assembly guide?GMS
Sep 2, 2002 4:51 PM
I imagine there are some books and hopefully some online resources that provide a guide to assembling a road bike. I know Park Tool's website has instructions for doing certain steps, but there is no defined order.

Is there a nice guide that lays out an order, the tools needed to accomplish the job, and have practical tips that let you avoid unnecessary headaches? (ex: Do this before you do this, so you don't have to go through this...).

re: Step-by-step road bike assembly guide?Spunout
Sep 2, 2002 5:18 PM
Uhh, I just built a bike in my livingroom. Yes, there will be headaches. Best to have your LBS on standby to do the tough jobs (install BB, etc.) and you will need one fiddly little bolt, and you will cut one cable housing too short.

Best advice, get all of the tech sheets off of your component manufacturer's website(Campy was very good) and go to town! You will know every inch of your bike. Maybe get it checked over by your LBS. It is a necessary evil to learn to do this yourself, IMHO.

re: Step-by-step road bike assembly guide?GMS
Sep 2, 2002 5:39 PM
Those tough little jobs are the ones I want to know how to do, so I'm not afraid to mess around with them later; like installing the fork/steerer/headset and doing the BB. I really don't know anything about them, but I want to.

What particular tech sheets were helpful? I was thinking of getting Shimano since I think it would be fairly impossible to get a Campy part around here, and I have a 105 bike which I'm happy with. I probably won't even have the opportunity to build the bike any time soon, but I know I'd like to and want to learn about it.

re: Step-by-step road bike assembly guide?RaiderMike
Sep 2, 2002 6:53 PM
I put my bike together last winter. I bought a tool kit from Jenson for $40 and went to town. It really isnt that hard. I dont think that the order in which you do it is overly important. I had all of the instructions that came from the shimano components, and just followed the directions. There is a book called Zinn, and the art of Road bike Maintenance that I bought and it had some tips in it too.
re: Step-by-step road bike assembly guide?cogsworth
Sep 2, 2002 7:02 PM
The book mentioned by the previous poster, "Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance" is a great resource. It doesn't really tell you what order to go in, but that is kind of obvious. It does tell you everything you need to know about each assembly procedure, including what tools you need and what you should have your lbs do if you don't want to buy the tools. Caution: If you have an expensive frame, you are going to want to buy a few expensive tools or have your LBS do some jobs, such as installing the headset. It is too easy in my opinion to ruin the frame w/o the right tools.