So, I’ve purchased a very good condition used Italian frame dating from the late 1980s or early 1990s and a NOS Campagnolo C-Record bottom bracket. It is NOT a modern cartridge bottom bracket. I’m very mechanically capable, but my experience is limited to replacing hub bearings, adjusting handlebars, brake levers, shift levers, and calipers, etc. I have never worked on bottom brackets and headsets.
I feel like I’m missing out by not doing the bottom bracket and headset installations myself. Should I install these myself? If so, what tools do I need?
I’m most interested/concerned with the bottom bracket installation, as this seems to me to be critical for a bicycle that won’t simply be a display piece…it will be ridden regularly. For instance, on the bottom bracket, do I really need to use a Park Tools BTS-1 on a frame that’s already been tapped and had a bottom bracket installed in a previous lifetime? Or, do I really only need the BBT-9, BBT-4 and/or BBT-7 (the wrenches).
Alternatively, is this really something that a good shop should do. Moreover, if a good shop does the installation, would you expect the mechanic to “retap” the threads just to make sure they’re perfect?
Finally, what haven’t I asked…experienced mechanics please advise.