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    First bike build.

    I am building a 2001 Major Jake for a friend of mine. As to my skills with bikes I have maintained my own bike (Mercier Corvus Al) for about 2yrs. I have also done a tear down and rebuilt of a Shimano brake lever. Other than that doing a complete build will be very new.

    I was wondering what specific tools that I will need? I have a garage full of tools but nothing bike specific. I have a bike chain tool for fixing a broken chain but that is it.

    I was going to soda blast the bike this weekend (link) This method takes paint off very nicely.

    Then a quick sand with 220 to rough the fame up and a wash with lacquer to clean up. I am a novice when it comes to painting (I have a spray *** but never painted anything that needed to turn out nice). My friend recommended automotive primer then to sand after it cures to take out any blemishes. Then to paint the finish coat and clear coat. Not sure on the actual type of paint I should use though.

    Any suggestions and tips would be nice.

    I will have some pictures of the bike later this weekend before I start.

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    First the paint you should use should either be automotive paint or something high quality with outdoor durability. Second. You will need tools to face the Bottom bracket and the install the headset. These tools are kind of expensive. They are great to have, but you may find yourself not using them after this bike build for awhile unless you build bikes all the time. Install everything else besides the bottom bracket and the headset is a breeze. Some information to help you is located here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-Up-a-Bike/ and http://www.sheldonbrown.com

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    Buying all the stuff you need to do a nice spray job will soon turn a painting experience into a nightmare. Rattle can primer, paint and clear is just not as durable as using automotive paint. But automotive paint is much more finicky to use and you should not be doing your first serious spray job on a bike frame that has to look nice.

    Options are to have a autobody shop do the paint for you from scratch. They'll use primers, base color and a very durable clear top coat that will be far better than anything you can get from a rattle can and do a much nicer job than you would as your first spray job. The other option is to look up powder coaters in your area and have them do the job for you. If you go that way no primer or anything other than a freshly soda blasted and totally paint free metal frame is the way to show up at their doorstep. Both of these options will cost but it'll be worth it. Otherwise by the time you buy all the compatible primer, paint, reducers and clear coat from an autobody paint supplier you'll be into the job for a TON of money. On top of that the typical autobody paints these days are highly toxic so you'd need a clean place to paint and a fresh air supply mask to use while in the paint room to avoid poisoning yourself.
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    Oh, specialty tools you'll nee for assembling the bike would be the BB tool depending on what sort of BB it has. A thin 15mm will be needed for the pedals in most cases. And if you're going to service the wheel hubs you'll need cone wrenches assuming cup and cone bearings. And if you're going to get into truing and tuning the spokes then a set of spoke wrenches. GOOD spoke wrenches. That isn't the place to skimp. Other than that I can't think of anything specific unless it's a threaded headset. If that's the case you'll need the big flat wrenches in the right sizes so suit. Typically 32 and 28mm's. But check first as there are lots of other oddballs. The rest of the tools you can fake with a bit of care.

    A headset press is one such animal. Many a person fakes it using a length of 1/2 or 5/8 all thread rod, washers and nuts. Use wraps of masking, electrical or duct tape to center the rod in the middle of the head tube and the nuts and washers to press the cups into place firmly. If you have to install the lower race onto the fork you can often find a short section of pipe with a clean end and use that as a slide hammer to tap it into place. If you do this keep the blows light and make sure the pipe keeps moving side to side so it walks the race down evenly and with as little stress as possible.
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    Thanks for the tips guys.

    I will be painting it myself as I will be doing several bikes in the future. This one is for a friend, and I have two builds in mind for myself (mountain bike and a fixie). I also am going to go to a bike auction in November and buy some bikes to flip. I have done this before and just given them to family members so far.

    I will be getting automotive paint and primer. I have a friend that has done several car restorations and he has told me everything that I need to do for painting.

    After doing more reading it looks like I will need the following tools:

    . Allen key set
    . Allen key sockets
    . Torque wrench
    . Cable/ Housing cutters
    . Bottom bracket tools
    . Cassette whip/ remover
    . Decent work stand
    . Headset press
    . Crown race setter
    . Star nut setter
    . Pipe cutter
    . Chain link splitter
    . White lithium grease

    If I missed any please let me know. I will probably use the alternate method for the crown race, and headset and buy tools for the bottom bracket and cassette whip. If not I will take it to my LBS and have them do those parts. Pictures will come tomorrow...

    Good site I found for the headset removal/installation:
    http://www.get-into-cycling.com/headset-overhaul.html
    Last edited by pupuplader; 10-08-10 at 04:51 PM.

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