Mountain Biking - Assembling New Bike
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07-22-03, 02:42 PM
I searched the forums and couldn't really find the information I need... So...
I have a new mountain bike coming in the factory box (too sweet of a deal to pass up from an aquaintance). I have been road biking for a few years and do most of my own maintenance, like derailer and brake adjustments, etc.
However, I have never seen a bike come out of a box from the factory, so I really have no idea what I am up against to put it toghether. I presume the wheels would have to put on, brakes adjusted, derailers adjusted, and pedals put on.
What else am I going to have to do?
I am quite handy with maintenance, so this doesn't bother me, I would just like to know what to expect to get any special tools ready.
Thanks in advance,
Mad Dog JR
07-22-03, 03:59 PM
well my father use to own a shop and i heleped build up bikes from time to time, and out of the box they are easy to build.
mainly the derailers, brakes, headset/handlebars...ect all need to be adjusted or put on along with pedals. but small things like grips..ect vary from brand to brand. but mostly the whole bike is fairly built. should only take you around 30 min to an hour to do.
07-22-03, 05:37 PM
Usually, you have to install the seatpost/seat. If aluminum or steel bike, apply a thin layer of grease to the post before insertion into the seat-tube.
Then you install the stem and handlebars.
Then you slide onto the handlebars the brake levers then shifters then grips (spray inside with hairspray).
Then, install the front wheel.
Then the pedals, then make sure the crank bolt is tight and a quick check of the chainring bolts.
The cables are usually pre-cut, but I usually do a quick check before I begin my adjustments.
I then start with the front brake, adjust the shoes to align with the rim, then cable tension. I then do the same to the back wheel.
Then I adjust my front derailleur, and then the back one.
Air up the tires, recheck all bolts are tight and go for a test ride!
Yea I follow basically what A2 says, just i grease my cranks where the pedals go.
07-22-03, 10:00 PM
Thank you very much for the replies! It looks like it won't be too hard, but if I get into trouble I always know I have this board!
07-23-03, 03:09 PM
Ooops, forgot, I grease the pedals too! Thanks!
If it's a bike that goes on the showroom floor, I then add reflectors and the shop decal.
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