Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Albany, NY
Bikes: 80's Treks, cargo bike, Lugged LeMond, Eddy Merckx 7-11, Smoothie, All City MM disc, and some more
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Replacing a group on a cross bike
I have just purchased a new group to go on a "franken-bike" that I have. It's a Redline Conquest Pro frame with a campy crank, SRAM cassette, and Shimano drivetrain and it's a 9 speed - so I am going with a brand new 105 group. I have already had to replace the used shift levers with another set of used shift levers, and because it's a 9 speed set-up would have to do it again if something went wrong. I don't have a lot of experience with what I would consider major bike stuff (bottom bracket, changing the cassette, etc) so I am a little concerned. I am also a little worried about getting the rear derailleur adjusted properly.
So.. what tools will I need?
Bottom bracket tool, chain whip, assorted allen wrenches, and other wrenches. Anything else?
Anything to watch out for when removing the old BB, cassette, or putting the new ones on?
I would like to do this one myself for a few reasons. I want to get better at bike maintenance to save money and as a sense of accomplishment. I want a new bike, which I will essentially have once I'm done. I have recently begun riding again after almost 20 years since I was a kid. Back then I had a steel frame Bridgestone with low end Shimano parts and I could only dream of riding a nice set-up. I used to look through catalogs at the LBS and drool.
Once this little project is complete I will essentially have a nice, new bike the way it would have come originally, with a few upgrades. With the amount of money I have already put in, I would have been better off buying a new set-up, but live and learn.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.