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Old 05-04-06, 02:32 PM   #1
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Building my first bike tomorrow

UPS seems to be on time, should have it tomorrow.

What tools/equpiment will i need that i havnt thought of.

I'm gonna have the LBS transfer the casset on my old wheel to my new wheel, i need to get a crank puller (?) to remove the old crank from the old bike.

What would i need as far as grease?

What do you guys use to clean chains etc...get all that old grub off.
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Old 05-04-06, 03:21 PM   #2
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If it is a full build, you will need a headset press. Can be home made.
Bottom bracket tool & whatever wrench or ratchet to turn it.
Screwdrivers
Cone wrenches
Allen wrenches
Cable cutters
Pedal wrench
Spoke wrench
Chain tool
Pump
A torque wrench, or equivelent experience (REQUIRED for carbon)
Hack saw - to cut the steerer
Facing tool - if you are really serious
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I can't imagine tackling a build if you don't have the tools to put a cassette on. Or are you doing some assembly, like handlebars and pedals?

For grease you can use anything from bicycle specific greases like Park Polylube, or automotive or marine grease. You also need chain lube.

You should also have anti-sieze for things like the BB and pedals. And Loc-tite for things like brake mounting bolts.

A citrus cleaner or Simple Green will get gunk off of the chain.

I may have missed some things, this was just off the top of my head.
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can't imagine tackling a build if you don't have the tools to put a cassette on. Or are you doing some assembly, like handlebars and pedals?
It's one tool, and i'm sure you didnt own one at some point

Thanks for the reply, UPS man has my frame/fork etc on a truck right now
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I can't imagine tackling a build if you don't have the tools to put a cassette on.
Yup, my thoughts exactly. Cassette swaps are fairly simple. Depending on where I am riding or racing, they often get swapped out. You can get a chain whip and lockring socket for under $15 total. Having a LBS press in the cups is the way to go, you don't do it enough to justify the expensive tools and most shops will do it for under $20.
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Yup, my thoughts exactly. Cassette swaps are fairly simple. Depending on where I am riding or racing, they often get swapped out. You can get a chain whip and lockring socket for under $15 total. Having a LBS press in the cups is the way to go, you don't do it enough to justify the expensive tools and most shops will do it for under $20.



Guys...come on now.

I never said i couldnt swap a cassette out, i said i dont have the tool to do it as i've never needed it. Not sure why thats all that earth shattering? Why spend $20 on a tool you dont need when you can have a guy do it for free. I'm going to be in there anyways.

I come from a very hands on family...
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Not ragging on your abilities. It is just that the cassette tool and chain whip (which I forgot) are usually some of the first bicycle specific tools that someone buys.

If you don't have those, it is hard to imagine that you would have things like a headset press and a BB tool. If you do, you are ready to go. Have fun with the build, and post a picture of you new steed if you can.

And we will all be here to help if you get stuck.
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You don't sound quite ready for the job, but do it anyway. You will know what tools you need when you realize you don't have them. Check out the Park Tool repair web page, read carefully, don't over tighten things and be prepared to go to the shop if things get out of hand. I would have the shop do the headset and for install, anyway.

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The only thing i've never done is uninstall/reinstall the crank and a modern cassette.

I'm running to the bike shop in a bit here to drop off my old frame and buy the tools i need for the crank.

Apreciate all the feedback, but telling someone "You shouldn't be doing this" seems a bit odd...

Maybe the general population is more dumb then i thought they were but this isn't all that complicated thing to do. If i can rebuild a '68 torino i'm pretty sure i can handle a 27 speed...
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The only thing i've never done is uninstall/reinstall the crank and a modern cassette.

I'm running to the bike shop in a bit here to drop off my old frame and buy the tools i need for the crank.

Apreciate all the feedback, but telling someone "You shouldn't be doing this" seems a bit odd...

Maybe the general population is more dumb then i thought they were but this isn't all that complicated thing to do. If i can rebuild a '68 torino i'm pretty sure i can handle a 27 speed...
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I'm building up a frame now in my (non-existent) free time. If you're not in a hurry, I agree with the other poster -- you will realize what you need when you encounter that problem. I've been accumulating tools this way (and helping the economy).

In my case, I have an integrated headset that didn't need pressing in (plus fork crown was integrated), so what you need may vary depending on your bike and components. On the other hand, since my frame is CF, I bought some torque wrenches because I'm trying to precise about not over-torqueing anything (I wouldn't have done this for a steel frame, for example).

Just take your time. You're right - it's usually not complicated.
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Thanks for all the help guys.

Bike isn't done but only because i dont have the tools to install the BB. Will take it to the bike shopt tomorrow to finish it off...i need a new seat (blue on all black and silver looks cheesey) but it looks slick
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Pictures please.
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