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Old 01-01-13, 10:09 PM   #1
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going to start a new bike for my wife need advice

I'm going to start a new bike for my wife and I need some advice, I'm on a budget here, so this isnt going to be easy, She has issues with her back, and one leg is a lot weaker then the other, she is currently using a walmart roadmaster Mt. Fury bike, because it's low to the ground, and she's only 4 11, I had a generous member send me a Shimano RSX crank set and front derailer, which didnt fit this bike, so I 'm going to use these parts and find a frame etc that will fit these parts and build up from there. I'm going to probably need a lot of advice, as I've never built a bike from the ground up, it definitly has to have a drop bar, as she cant get on a bike with a cross bar, she was really getting into this riding for excercise thing, and this wally world bike isnt going to last long
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I was looking at a Miele Umbria 300 womens specific hybrid, 17 inch frame, it says the bottom bracket is english threaded , is this compatible with this Shimano RSX set? this looks like a nice frame for a start, if the bottom bracket would work, that gives me the three chain rings, bottom bracket assembly and crank arms which I already have and would seem to be a good start, this entire frame is only about 3 pounds or so, which is good in her case as she doesnt need a heavy bike
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Yes that should match the size on the Miele frame. What started out as British or English Threading for bottom brackets is the current standard for modern bikes. A great resource is the http://sheldonbrown.com for info on almost any technical question on bikes.
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Just as a suggestion...unless you already have a donor bike of compatible parts, you would come out much better buying a complete bike or looking at your local co-op for a bike than building one around a set of donor cranks. That is unless you are just looking for something to keep you busy for the winter.
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Just as a suggestion...unless you already have a donor bike of compatible parts, you would come out much better buying a complete bike or looking at your local co-op for a bike than building one around a set of donor cranks. That is unless you are just looking for something to keep you busy for the winter.
I'm still deciding, but i think it would be more enjoyable to build it myself. She still has the walmart one to ride until it gets done, even in winter here we get nice days to ride, one night it will be 25, next day will be 75, it's crazy
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IDK what area of "South" GA you are in...but I am up in Jackson and know exactly what you are talking about.
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