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Old 09-08-11, 12:30 PM   #1
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Building a bike soon - is there a guide?

I've been doing a lot of searching, but I can't seem to find a guide to build a bike up from a frameset.

I've been adjusting my own bike for the past year and assembled from the box. I'm more looking for a "order to do things" deal, and the more difficult parts like headset installation and BB install.

I know that the SRAM groupset I ordered will have a manual that should help with the shifting components.
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Old 09-08-11, 01:09 PM   #2
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Just dive in and do it bro. Even if you are only half-way mechanically inclined you can build a bike from the ground up with relative ease, given you have all the tools to do it correctly. Having never even done serious adjustments to a bike, I built a road machine out a rescued Panasonic by learning as I tore it apart...the most frustrating aspect was having to buy all the specialty tools every time I came to a spot that my cheap-o Sears tool set could not handle.
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Park tools has some good instructional things on their website. Sheldon Brown's website is good too, especially dealing with older bikes. +2 on tearing apart an old bike to learn. That's how I started out. I don't know of an all-comprehensive guide, although I'm sure there are some books about bicycle repair (I think I checked some out from the library years ago). I've found it easier just to look online as I go.
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+1 on the Park Tool guides and Sheldon Brown. They are both fantastic sources and should provide enough information given you have access to proper tools and are comfortable with their use. Of course, should you encounter any issues and you can't find an appropriate answer from those two sources, you can always ask the helpful people at your lbs, use the BikeForums search function, search on Google, or start another thread here. Good luck!

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use the BikeForums search function
The search on here is pretty useless, but you can use Google to search the forums by adding site:bikeforums.net to your query.
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Leonard Zinn has some good bike fix it books. If it is a new frame , you will want to have the headset and BB chased and faced. Go to to your LBS for this.
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