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Old 10-17-09, 09:41 AM   #1
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New to the forums and have some questions!

I am a novice to cycling and was considering building a bike. Is this a very difficult/costly undertaking? I have been riding for roughly 4 months and wondered how long most of you took to understand the components you liked for you bike? I was looking at a group of parts including frame and would need to buy cassette, derailers, brake lever and wheelset seperately.

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The link doesn't appear to work. It might make more sense reading more before asking these kinds of vague/open-ended questions. You asking people to do a lot of work for you.
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generally speaking, building it yourself always costs more.
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Old 10-17-09, 10:11 AM   #4
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I know some parts are missing (wheelset, tires/tube, cassette, derailers, brake levers), but any estimates on the value of the parts in the link. Here's the link...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...#ht_1122wt_948

I am not sure of the frame brand. Not sure what a carbon frame or similar group of parts would go for? Thanks in advance. I am a novice to cycling and was considering building a bike. Is this a very difficult/costly undertaking? Is that a good deal and should I expect to pay a lot more to complete the bike?
In over your head. Unless you have someone to hold your hand every step of the way. I suggest you go to a reputable LBS and buy complete. A good LBS will do a complete fit ~ 1-2 hours with follow up adjustments and provide warranty service. Something that you will not have if you build yourself. You are not saving any money by building yourself and you have to select parts carefully for compatibility.
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I am a novice to cycling and was considering building a bike. Is this a very difficult/costly undertaking? I have been riding for roughly 4 months and wondered how long most of you took to understand the components you liked for you bike? I was looking at a group of parts including frame and would need to buy cassette, derailers, brake lever and wheelset seperately.
I've been riding for about 40 years, and a mechanic for 30. I'm still trying different parts to figure out what I do and don't like.

Fuzz and Operator are right- a relationship with a good bike shop is invaluable. Figuring out which bike shop can take many months, too- if you're wanting to shorten the learning curve, talk to local bike clubs. Don't stop at just one, either- the people you talk to (including us) will have their own experiences and prejudices. Learning to decide among differing opinions is a good skill to have, IMO.
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Buying parts separately does not make sense, unless you are rich. Instead, find a higher end complete bike. You can get some really nice deals out there.

The only time I build a bike is when I have acquired a donor bike first, then I put those parts onto the preferred frame.
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