Bicycle Mechanics - How Hard Is It To Put A Bike Together
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06-23-10, 01:32 AM
My torpado is in pieces ready to be built up, how hard would it be to assemble it.
The BB is already installed along with the front and rear derailers.
If I have the appropriate nuts and bolts can I install the crankset myself?
I also have the fork with the appropriate headset can I install that myself too?
All I have for tools is a 150 Craftsman Mechanics tool set
If you are local in Miami and want to lend a hand please do!
Assembling a bike is just like anything else - if you know what you're doing, its easy.
If you don't know bikes specifically but do know mechanics generally it's reasonably doable.
If you're equally inexperienced in both general mechanics and bike mechanics it can be a nightmare ending in ruined parts.
My advice for you to do your homework first, there's www.sheldonbrown.com (http://www.sheldonbrown.com), www.parktool.com (http://www.parktool.com) and www. bicycletutor.com that all offer decent-to-excellent advice and walk-throughs for working on your bike.
The come back here with pics and specific questions.
Putting the parts on (with the correct wrenches and tools) is easier than actually setting up the brakes and shifters, measuring the housings, cutting the housings, etc. Take your time, and if you run into trouble, post the question to the forum.
06-23-10, 10:18 AM
Installing a headset without a press is not going to be easy, and the fact you have to ask if you can install it tell me maybe you should not - don't even know if the headset is truly "appropriate."
If you are calling the mounting parts for a crankset "nuts and bolts" I wonder how much you have read about proper installation, and whether the BB is even properly installed.
06-23-10, 10:27 AM
As far as mechanical things go,easy.If you are mechanically inclined,you should have no problem.If not,bicycles are good things to learn on.Take your time,do some homework and it should come out fine.
You may need some help with the headset races,but your local LBS can help you there.
06-23-10, 07:46 PM
Depending on what parts you have you may require some bike specific tools.
You'lll also find a lot of helpful hints and guides on how to do a lot of these things correctly in the "New Posters- Please Read First" sticky thread. In particular for your case the help from www.parktool.com/repair (http://www.parktool.com/repair) .
06-23-10, 08:44 PM
one way to find out is to start assembling the bike and see what it's like.
06-23-10, 09:46 PM
There are bike specific tools like third hand tool, second hand tool that will make you work much easier. Then there are some tool thatyou may only use once, those more complicated tasks are probably better left to your LBS. Please update us on your progress :)
06-23-10, 09:52 PM
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