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Where can I find a complete list of all the parts needed to build a bike(4 posts)

Where can I find a complete list of all the parts needed to build a bikelexington476
Apr 8, 2003 7:05 PM
Where can I find a complete list of all the parts needed to build a bike (after the frame and fork)? That way when I build and buy parts for my CX bike, I do not miss anything. Book, web site?
How far down do you want to go?cory
Apr 8, 2003 8:55 PM
If you just want to know what to buy, you can pretty much figure it out by looking at a bicycle, or even a picture of one. Zinn and the art of bicycle maintenance (or something close to that; the author is Zinn) is an excellent book for most bike projects, but I don't have a copy here and I can't remember how detailed the parts lists are. You won't miss the obvious things, like cranks, pedals, stem, handlebars, derailleurs. Seems to me the things a novice might forget could be bottom bracket and headset (because you rarely see them or think about them when you're riding) and small hardware, barrel adjusters and whatnot. Check a good bike catalog (Excel Sports, maybe) that lists all the components that come in a gruppo--that will give you an idea. Then make friends with a bike shop, because you'll be going back a lot....
By the way, building a bike is fun and instructive, but it's usually NOT the cheapest way to get a new ride. Unless you WANT to build it (nothing wrong with that), you might be better off just buying one.
How far down do you want to go?NewDayNewWay
Apr 9, 2003 6:22 AM
One could buy a bike, take it completely apart, and put it all back together! However, I guess you won't have the thrill of driving a star nut into the steerer tube, although you could by a bike with a big spacer stack and cut the steerer tube to get the full effect. Also, suppose you won't have the experience of cutting the cables and such things as well.

But seriously, it would have to feel rewarding to build one's own bike. I thought about buidling up a mountain bike this way, but when I started to add up the cost of everything (especially fork and wheels), the cost just got too prohibitive, and I also decided that I would rather spend the time riding a bike.
real cost?DougSloan
Apr 9, 2003 6:42 AM
If anyone is like me, I never like either the way a shop or manufacturer builds a bike, or I don't like all the parts they use. So, I end up redoing and replacing things, anyway, which may cost more in the long run. So, I find it much better to just build it myself.

Building yourself is a lot of fun; you get to put everything exactly where *you* want, rather than where a mechanic thinks it should be. If you like right/front braking, you can do it. If you don't like crossed derailleur cables, you don't get stuck with that, etc.

The trick is to have all the right tools for the job. Of course, this will cost you a *lot* more initially, at least $100-300, I'd estimate, depending upon what you get and what you already have. Don't skimp and ruin parts, though.

Also, take your time and be patient. Don't plan on staying up all Friday night to finish so you can make the group ride Saturday morning. That's a plan for disaster, or at least frustration (for you and your riding buddies).

Plan on screwing a few things up, though, until you learn some of the pitfalls. It's part of the process.

You could have shop do some of the more technical jobs the require special tools, like installing the headset and bottom bracket. Everything else is pretty straightforward.