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I'm about to embark on a pretty customised bike building shortly. I'm not too hip about going to the LBS for the build as last time, my bike frame was damaged and my Ti bolts were stolen.

Ideally I would like to build my bike with lots of love at home. Well build as much as I can before I had it over to a professional to finish.

This is my first build. Is there a site that I can look at that goes thru the various stages?

Can someone recommend what to do at home and what NOT to do?

Thanks :thumbsup:
 

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net wurker, that's a great link!

jw, you can do it. Check out the Park Tool site for instructions on just about any component on the bike.

When I bought my frame, the only thing I had the shop do was install the bottom bracket and the headset, because they have the (expensive) tools for "facing and chasing" the bottom bracket and reaming the head tube. The rest is just a matter of taking your time.

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Other than chasing the bottom bracket threads and facing the BB shell and head tube faces I do everything else needed to assemble a bike at home.
 

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You don't have to do the facing/chasing for the frame unless your bottom bracket threads are damaged. If you can screw the bracket all the way in by hand the threads are fine. Just lubricate it well and torque it to spec.
 

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I'm with the others: facing the head tube and BB shell are the only things for which you ought to seek outside help. Depending upon the frame, it might not even be necessary.

You should be able to do everything else yourself.

I'm puzzled by your comment about handing the bike over to a professional to finish. What exactly did you have in mind?
 

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KevinB said:
I'm puzzled by your comment about handing the bike over to a professional to finish. What exactly did you have in mind?
Cutting the fork man, I dont wanna cock that up.
 

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jw8725 said:
Cutting the fork man, I dont wanna cock that up.
Yeah, I understand.

I always put the crown race on and then do a loose assembly of the fork's steerer tube through the head set / head tube, spacers, stem, with an additional spacer on top. I then mark the steerer tube. I figure the spacer on top gives me options if I ever want to raise the stem a bit more or perhaps use a different stem with a greater stack height. It'd be hard to cut the steerer tube too short using this procedure.

The Park Tool SG-6 (Threadless Saw Guide) works really well for cutting the steerer tube. I've used this tool for cutting handlebars too. (It makes it easier to justify buying one when you have more than one use for it...)
 

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KevinB said:
Yeah, I understand.

I always put the crown race on and then do a loose assembly of the fork's steerer tube through the head set / head tube, spacers, stem, with an additional spacer on top. I then mark the steerer tube. I figure the spacer on top gives me options if I ever want to raise the stem a bit more or perhaps use a different stem with a greater stack height. It'd be hard to cut the steerer tube too short using this procedure.

The Park Tool SG-6 (Threadless Saw Guide) works really well for cutting the steerer tube. I've used this tool for cutting handlebars too. (It makes it easier to justify buying one when you have more than one use for it...)
cheers mate :thumbsup:
 

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The closest I've ever come to having the LBS do any work is having the svc mgr order me a new spring for my fork. One bike over the last 9 years needed a little BB work, I did it myself with a flat file.

Like another poster said, take your time...it's a labor of love. My last build took 2 days, just because each step was like a session with a gf (wink wink). I even played some Barry White on the CD player while building....
 
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