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Is there a web site that shows how to build a bike?(8 posts)

Is there a web site that shows how to build a bike?lexington476
Apr 8, 2003 7:06 PM
Is there a web site that shows how to build a bike?
you could make a deal with your LBS...PeterRider
Apr 8, 2003 7:25 PM
... to build it under their supervision, using their tools.

It's not very difficult, I did it last summer and it took much less time than expected.

you could make a deal with your LBS...russw19
Apr 8, 2003 7:40 PM
You could look at Park's website. It shows how to install everything. It doesn't show a bike build, but you can jump from part to part. The catch is you may find you need tools you won't have to do the job and do it right. I noticed from past posts that it seems like you are going to build a bike from scratch. Am I right? Are you building a bike piece by piece? If so, and you are starting from a bare frame, you will need the bottom bracket tools and headset press that a lot of everyday home mechanics don't have. I would at least take your frame to the LBS and have them prep the frame for you. Have them chase and face the bottom bracket shell and face your headtube. It makes a small difference, but it should really be done if you want your bike done right. Sure you could skip it, but I would do it. (Then again I work in a shop, so that costs me nothing more than my own time, not money)

Other than the BB and Headset, most of the stuff is pretty easy with home tools. The thing that helps a bunch is a real bike stand to hold your bike while you are working on it. You can get away without one, but it makes it much less awkward. Also, get some SIS cable housing cutters. You really should have those. Don't try to cut shift housing with diagonal pliers... it just doesn't work. You can buy them for like $20 or you could probably rent an extra pair for a day from a shop if they know you. Or just let them cut your housing and deburr it for you.

Hope this helps you out,
re: Is there a web site that shows how to build a bike?Jack9
Apr 8, 2003 8:39 PM
Building up a bike is very easy. The only tools you need are a set of metric allen wrenches, Sears has a very nice T handled set for $20. (You only need 4,5,and 6mm) A bottom bracket install tool, shimano BB tool is about $6 at Price Point or Nashbar, and an adjustable wrench,to fit the BB tool. . Shimano parts come with very detailed instructions. It will take you 3-4 hours.
(you only need 4,5, and 6mm) ...NOT!The Walrus
Apr 9, 2003 9:41 PM
You are planning on having a crankset on this bike, right? Gonna need an 8mm for that...
...for that matter, get a chainring-bolt tool. nmSteve_0
Apr 10, 2003 3:58 AM
More a job for a book than a Web site, IMO. Here's one...cory
Apr 8, 2003 8:46 PM
I've done a couple, plus rebuilt several--it's pretty easy, common sense stuff except for the final adjustments, which require some specialized knowledge. But I've had better luck with a book like Zinn's or the Bicycling manual than with a web site. You can take it out to the garage with you and get it greasy while you work.
...or better yet, experience....Steve_0
Apr 9, 2003 4:23 AM
pick up the tools that Jack mentioned. take an old bike and rip 'er apart. No better learning experience, IMO.

In my day (way back in the '70s), every 10-year-old kid knew how to rip apart and put together bikes. It was simply a matter of necessity. Back then, when you cracked your frame taking a header off the sliding board, parents didnt rush out and replace the bike. Kids had to dumpster-dive for a frame, and scavange from their old bikes(usually using only a crescent-wrench).

Bike fittings have changed slightly since then, but construction remains the same. $20 in specialty tools and a free morning is all you need. As long as you keep track of all the parts, you dont need a website or a book.