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Bike Building for Beginners(5 posts)

Bike Building for BeginnersSaddle_Sore
Oct 22, 2003 12:23 AM
Okay, I'm gonna have a lash at building a bike up. Got my frame (Reynolds 531c) and all the running gear (Shimano 600), got a workstand, but I haven't got a clue as to what should go onto the frame first!

Anyone out there done this before and managed to get it right? Some tips would be appreciated (apart from the obvious like get someone who knows what they are doing to build it for me).
Get Zinn's book and get the right tools...OffTheBack
Oct 22, 2003 3:33 AM
...and you should be good to go. It isn't rocket science, especially if you are used to doing your own maintenance. A few tips:

1. Everything with threads needs to be lubed. Grease works everywhere, but you may want to use loctite in some places (chainring bolts) or anti-seize in others (BB cups).

2. left pedal & right BB cup (english thread) are reverse threaded (sorry if you knoew this already).

3. A cable cutter, brake centering wrench, and a torque wrench will make the project go more smoothly.

4. Same goes for a 6 pack of Blue Moon. Enjoy!
Things you shouldn't dopitt83
Oct 22, 2003 5:09 AM
1.) Install BB w/o chase and face of the threads. It's a few $$$ at your LBS, but getting the BB shell prepped properly is key to longevity of your frame. Any crap left over from manufacturing will kill the installation.

2.) Headset install. Don't rig up a press from threaded rod, 2x4 and rubber mallet, etc. Not worht losing the head tube over the $15 or so your LBS will charge to install one.

You could buy these tools, but not an economical investment as they're more expensive that you'll get use from them.

3.) Possibly steerer tube cut? If you're confident, go for it. I wouldn't do it myself (chicken s#!t).

Everything else is relatively easy if you're patient and have good mechanical skills. I start with drivetrain (cranks, chain, deraileurs. Second, I'll do shifters and get the pedaling and shifiting adjusted. Lastly brakes. It comes together in no exact order. You put on what you need next (you'll need the bar to have shifters, so the stem goes on the fork which went on first) You'll see. It's great to build it up yourself.
re: Bike Building for Beginnersrussw19
Oct 22, 2003 8:24 AM
As someone else pointed out... have a shop do the headset and BB for you. But make sure they prep your frame first! I am assuming it's at least a 15 year old frame if it's 531. If that is true, then proper frame prep is a must. Older frames weren't known to be perfectly straight and true from the factory. It was a fact of life back then... so have the frame prepped first.

From there, just hang all the parts. Then measure and cut housing to the proper length same for the chain, adjust the set screws for the derailleurs, then run cables. Tape bars. Do a final adjustment in the stand. Test ride, then readjust accordingly, and you're done.
I'll let you know next week.djg
Oct 22, 2003 10:41 AM
I've done this once before, but (a) I had a fair bit of help and (b) we made some mistakes (nothing expensive or destructive, but enough to call into question my/our expertise).

I think that Zinn's book is pretty good. I also have Bicycling Magazine's large repair book and it's ok and a little different. Campy components come with pretty decent instructions in the box, actually, but that doesn't get you anywhere. I don't know if anyone here has seen the Branford Bike bike assembly video--I haven't but I am sort of curious about it.

I'm guessing from the 531/Shimano 600 combo that you're not cutting a CF fork steer tube. But if I'm wrong I do have one suggestion: make a trial cut near the end of the tube first, to see what the width of the actual cut is with your saw (that is, how much material the saw removes). Then, of course, measure twice and cut once as they say (ok, that's two suggestions).