Greetings... I stand before you all as a rookie to the forums, and I have, what I hope will be, a fun scenario and question to ask... I will likely be presenting this in multiple threads as my scenario progresses.
Scenario: I am embarking on a "scavenging" project to rebuild an old road frame. My "real world" wrench experience is almost nil (I know just enough to keep things comfortable, but that's also enough to be dangerous, right?) I am doing this in an effort to be a bit more "hands-on" in the process of learning the trade, since there is little opportunity for me to go to the "lbs" on a regular basis, nor am I in a position to attend a Barnett's or UBI clinic.
The frame is an older Trek road frame - my guess is that it is from mid to late 1980's. All that I was given is the frame, and a fork (not connected, and likely not from the same bike).
Here are two questions to start this fun rolling:
Question #1: What would be suggested as the "fundamental" tools/items needed to establish a home shop? OR Considering the scope of the project, the most essential tools, first, with other "useful during the project" as well.
Question #2: Without having any spec information on the frame, what would be the best way to figure out dimmensions for getting new components (planning headsets and forks,seat post, bottom brackets, and determining what size cassette will work on the back wheel - should I chose to go with a cassette).
Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!