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Just built my first road bike(21 posts)

Just built my first road bikebmxer177
Feb 5, 2003 5:26 PM
I'm new to road, and I went to a bike swap last weekend, found all the parts and the frame (minus the seat I borrowed from a friend) to build it up. In all, it cost me about $275. Here's what I got:

GT Frame/fork
Profile bars
Ultegra hubs
Mavic Open Pro rim(front)
Mavic CXP21 rim(rear)
105 brakes
Dura-ace 8 speed downtube shifters
600 derailleurs and crankset
Time ATAC pedals (from my MTB)
Shimano brake levers
Purple rubber-like grip tape for $1 and purple platypus beanie baby =)

I'm hoping to get as many purple parts as I can, now that I have started a purple scheme (only by coincidence). Any suggestions?
re: Just built my first road bikebmxer177
Feb 5, 2003 5:27 PM
Ya done good...Akirasho
Feb 5, 2003 5:44 PM
... building your own bike up from parts is surpassed only by doing so on the cheap!

Looks like you've got a winner and welcome to the road.

Be the bike.
Excellant!...asphalt assault
Feb 5, 2003 6:11 PM
...I'm building a "Frankenroadie" out of a GT Edge Ti frame and a smattering of 600/Ultegra parts I'v gathered. I'm an MTB fanatic but a road bike will be nice to have when the trails are sloppy. Riding a 30+pound FS rig on the street just doesn't cut it.

I suggest you NOT get a purple jump suit to ride in...unless you don't mind being called Barney:^)
Feb 5, 2003 6:31 PM
Hahahah, thanks, I don't plan on wearing a purple jump suit. I just happen to like the anodized purple derailleur pulleys, skewer, and the purple rubber bar tape. I figured I would get some purple bottle cages, maybe some purple chanring bolts if I can find them, a purple seat if I am lucky, and that's about it. Just to add a little flair, you know?

I originally raced BMX, then gradually made my way to XC, and now although I still love both (I mostly ride XC though), I decided to try road as a way to train, stay in shape, and still be able to do collegiate racing in the spring (spring is road season, fall is mountain season).
try purple ATAC coverscyclopathic
Feb 5, 2003 9:06 PM
yeah, right! ;)

check LBS should have purple cable end cups for 8c a piece.
What about summer and winter?...asphalt assault
Feb 6, 2003 3:15 AM
In the summer we ride dirt and sweat like pigs, in the winter the trails are frozen solid and if dressed properly, we're nice and comfortable.

It's all good!
What about summer and winter?...bmxer177
Feb 6, 2003 4:37 AM
Oh yeah, I ride year round too. The traile sre fun in the snow, as long as there isn't too much snow.
May the purple platypus fly far and fast!Ken of Fresno
Feb 5, 2003 6:20 PM
It's amazing wat you can do with a few bucks and frugal shopping. Looks good.

Minor bad news.....MR_GRUMPY
Feb 5, 2003 6:49 PM
The 8 speed Dura Ace shifters won't work very well with the 600 derailleurs. 7 and 8 speed Dura Ace was "special", and would only work with other 7 and 8 speed components. You will have to find some 8 speed Ultegra shifters to make it work right. In the meantime, you can set the Dura Ace shifters to the friction mode. 8 speed Ultegra should be cheap to buy. One other option is to but some new Sora downtube shifters. They are also 8 speed and should work fine....
Minor bad news.....bmxer177
Feb 5, 2003 7:01 PM
Someone had told me that, but I rode it today and didn't have any problems. I'll see how things go, but if I can ever find some STI shifters for really cheap (maybe not until the next bike swap) then I will spring for those, or look for some Soras like you suggested. The only reason I got the Dura-ace downtube shifters is because they were insanely cheap, and it doesn't matter much to me whether I have those vs. integrated shifters. Being able to set it to friction mode (and vice versa) is a nice feature though. Thanks for the heads up.
Minor bad news..... Huh?noveread
Feb 6, 2003 7:25 AM
Grumpy said "7 and 8 speed Dura Ace was "special", and would only work with other 7 and 8 speed components."

So why won't it work with 600? By that statement, it should work just fine with 8sp 600...

Nice bike, ride on!

Minor bad news..... Huh?MR_GRUMPY
Feb 6, 2003 8:14 AM
Check out this shimano PDF.
I wonder if this trick would work on a 600 rear der.

Dura Ace 6, 7 and 8 had a special cable throw that was different from all the rest of the Shimano line. The shifters and the rear der. were not made to work with any other components.
Minor bad news..... Huh?bmxer177
Feb 6, 2003 9:21 AM
I don't understand what "trick" is in that PDF. Maybe I missed something, but it appears to be just the typical procedure for installing a derailleur. Is this the sort of thing where Shimano *says* it wasn't made to work with anything else, but in reality it does (sort of like how they tell you to only use their chains with their cassettes, but SRAM runs fine). Did that any sense?
the trick is in the cable routingdotkaye
Feb 6, 2003 11:53 AM
step 2 of the 'stroke adjustment and cable securing', note there are different ways (Position A and Position B) for securing the cable to the derailleur. It's a Dura-Ace thing.. if yours is working OK, don't sweat it. If you find an occasional missed shift, try changing to the other position and see if it makes any difference. The Dura-Ace levers with 600 der may work OK, but they're not designed to work together - Mr Grumpy is right.

I have Dura-Ace barend shifters for 9spd on my tri bike, and the rear doesn't shift my 8spd Ultegra well enough for racing, so I got Sora for the rear shifter. It's working great. Someday I'll upgrade to 9spd..
Minor bad news..... Huh?bmxer177
Feb 6, 2003 9:11 AM
It's an 8 speed 600 rear derailleur and 8 speed Dura Ace shifters. It works fine so far, I don't see anything wrong with it.
great job!tarwheel
Feb 6, 2003 7:48 AM
With all the threads on topics like "Should I buy the $4000 Litespeed Vortex or the Colnago C-40" etc., it's refreshing to see someone build a decent, function bike for that price. More power to you. I wish I had the mechanical knowledge/aptitude to do it, but my skills are limited to changing tires, cassettes and chains.
great job!bmxer177
Feb 6, 2003 9:02 AM
Thanks, tarwheel and scary slow. I don't have the money for some exotic titanium/carbon frame, and I don't really need something like that either. I am just starting out riding road, and I just needed something to get started on. Bike swaps are great! I highly recommend all of you look around your area for one, and try to go. You can find great deals, and ALWAYS find SOMETHING you want/need.
re: Just built my first road bikescary slow
Feb 6, 2003 8:15 AM
congrats...looks like you've got a winner! I have to agree that is refreshing to see someone build a nice bike reasonably. I grow tired of the controversy of which unobtanium part/bike is the best. I am working on a fixed gear bike that when all is said and done should cost no more $200-250. God bless Ebay! I am more excited about getting this bike done that some of my more expensive rigs.
Did you take that picture in the dorm?Andy
Feb 6, 2003 5:11 PM
Looks like you're living in a dormatory... what school?
Did you take that picture in the dorm?bmxer177
Feb 7, 2003 5:10 AM
Yes, it was in my dorm. I go to Penn State