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Old 09-13-10, 11:38 PM   #1
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New to forum and biking

Hi, I used to bike when I was younger. I was into street bmx and flat land, I had two GT's for the different styles. This was before they went all crappy.

Anyway now I've been wanting to get back into good shape in anticipation for police academy and thought biking would be a great way to do this and spend time with my son.

I decided on road biking. First I looked at used craiglist/ebay bikes but didn't find anything I was willing to spend money on. I found one bike at walmart (don't flame me, I know) that's was decent, but I'm not big on walmart bikes. And lbs bikes are way out of my budget.

So I've decided to build my own. I've always learned everything by diving headfirst. Cars, I built my first turbo car, paramedic school I went straight to the m.e's office for my first clinicals etc. So I've been trying to learn as much as possible about building and figured it will be a great way to learn and become very familiar with my bike. Also a good way to have a nice bike on my budget. I've pretty much decided on a fetish cycles frame, depending on the frame I can find I will start to plan out components. I don't need top of the line components since I can always upgrade later, but I'd like to have a decent frame as a platform. I'm shooting for an aluminum frame with carbon forks and a finished product of 20lbs give or take.

Oh I'd appreciate any advice on how to choose the right components etc as I'm not yet too familiar with what all the gear ratios and stuff means. Anyway, glad to be part of another community and looking forward to getting into this sport.
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Old 09-14-10, 01:11 AM   #2
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Cheers Highbred8 and welcome to Bike Forums.

You're absolutely right, building a bike will be a great way to learn. Regarding budget though, you will save money by buying a finished bike as compared to buying same parts separately and putting it together yourself. To get the really good deals on parts you'll have to constantly monitor eBay etc, and have time and patience to wait.

If you have specific questions on component groups and such, start a thread in Bike Mechanics or Road Cycling forum.

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Old 09-14-10, 02:55 PM   #3
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Thanks,

Yeah that's what I thought too, so I went looking around. This will be my first road bike and I didn't want to spend the money for a good bike and find out this isn't for me or for whatever other reason end up with a $800-$1000 bike stored. So I set a very low budget of $400ish.

I found a triace that seemed to have semi decent components and a decent frame. I figured it was something decent to start with and was withing my budget. But then I found a thread about a group of people who went with fetish bikes and eBay parts and ended up building awesome bikes for $300-$400. So I figured why not, I'll learn a lot, and have a very nice bike (b.y my standards).

Either way I go, this will be my trial bike and if all goes well my next bike will be something nice. Sort of get my feet wet.
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Look at BikesDirect - you will get reasonable quality at your budget, with only minor assembly and adjustment. Use Park tools website for guidance, buy a spoke tensiometer ($60) to ensure you start riding with spokes over 100kg tension and other tools as you need them.
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Awesome thanks. I actually found a pretty nice bike today. It's full aluminum frame with carbon fork and shimano sora components. They aren't top of line but from what I've read they aren't bad either. The bike is cheap enough to use as a starter but good enough to upgrade and keep for a while and maybe eventually treat myself to a nice higher end model. I asked at a LBS and they said they sell a similar model under a rebrand and that's it's very decent for a starter and for the price I could do a lot worse.

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Got my bike tonight as well as a few accessories (bag, multi tool spare tube and patch kit and pump). I opted to get the bike un assembled and put it together myself. Went well, took about 20 minutes to get it up. The chain was rubbing a little on the front derailleur, so I adjust that and then it would shift to the third front sprocket. After some tinkering and adjusting I got it working. Seems pretty smooth but i'll know kore after some road time tomorrow and fine tuning. So far I'm very happy with it.
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