Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-03-07, 11:12 PM   #1
Atagrob
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Can I do it myself, is it worth it?

Iím building a fixed on a Soma Rush frame. I have no experience building bikes. What can I do myself? What should my LBS do? Are there good resources to learn how to assemble my bike? Once I get it right chances are I wonít mess with it just put lots of miles on it. Is it worth learning for just one bike or should I just use my LBS and be happy?

Thanks
Atagrob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-07, 11:23 PM   #2
cc700
Ths Hipstr Kills Masheenz
 
cc700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: seattle
Bikes: tirove
Posts: 8,551
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you can do it. i'd get your lbs to put a headset in, and if you can i'd have someone experienced give it a good once over before you do any serious riding.

honestly most of it is easy. grease everything.
cc700 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-07, 11:29 PM   #3
501breeze
Hello Portland
 
501breeze's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: PDX
Bikes: 76 Schwinn Sports Tourer, 86 Pro Miyata, 80s Schwinn World Sport
Posts: 184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i watched my friend do mine, but after watching I'm pretty sure i could do it myself.
I'm not what you would call "mechanically inclined" either.
Just check the net and ask a buddy for the stuff that doesn't make sense.
501breeze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-07, 11:31 PM   #4
bicycle
bike
 
bicycle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: http://velospace.org/node/5653
Posts: 379
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Maybe your bike shop will help you or teach you how to build up a bike, if not, you can ask somebody you know, or search the forums here. I wouldn't just jump in without any help/knowledge, but I would have the bike shop do it all either.
bicycle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 12:58 AM   #5
the Didey
word
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 40
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think it's more a question of: Do you want to? And do you have any mechanical ability to start at all?

A minimal mechanical/tool knowledge and a little outside help will probably get everything but wheels and headsets done.

There are tons of how-tos on the cyberweb. And a lot of cities have resources/places to get shop help these days. And bug the **** out of your friends.
the Didey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 01:50 AM   #6
TheFroodAbides
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atagrob View Post
Are there good resources to learn how to assemble my bike?
Thanks
This is one of them. But check out the mechanics sub-forum as well.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Atagrob View Post
Once I get it right chances are I wonít mess with it just put lots of miles on it. Is it worth learning for just one bike
If you do do it yourself this is just not how it will go. You'll keep finding nicer bits here and there, and it will be so much fun to put them on your bike and try them out, and hey, I put that BB together way better than the last time! Then you'll stumble across a dirt cheap frame, and hey, I need some **** to make this thing go, and so you stumble across the bits, and oh, that's how you adjust a headset, well I better re-do my Soma too! It doesn't end, n+1 and all that.
Do it your self. If you're unsure of anything get a friend or a shop to check it out, don't kill yourself because you read on the nets that it was done like this, and even though it feels unsafe, I did it like it said to on the nets. It's totally worth riding a bike that you built yourself.
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 01:53 AM   #7
vee_dub
McNightrider
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
do it urself = fun might lead to frustration,end result satisfaction.
LBS = not fun but less frustration, end result not as satisfy as do it urself

Are u good at spanner and hex key?? If so give it a go Oh do u have bike tools?
vee_dub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 02:36 AM   #8
fetch
harrospokes!
 
fetch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 1,263
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
man the rush comes in white now @_@
fetch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 02:40 AM   #9
PDXJeff
institutionalized
 
PDXJeff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Two old Schwinns, Kona Cinder Cone, Redline MonoCog, Custom (U.B.I.) Columbus Cyclocross/commuter.
Posts: 237
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
you can do it. i'd get your lbs to put a headset in, and if you can i'd have someone experienced give it a good once over before you do any serious riding.

honestly most of it is easy. grease everything.
+1

http://www.parktool.com/repair/
PDXJeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 04:27 AM   #10
musicsucks
bikes also suck.
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 205
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
most of the reason that i ride a fixed gear is that i was able to build it myself. It's pretty easy, and it's nice to have a bike that is more than just yours.
musicsucks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 04:40 AM   #11
Blue Jays
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: United States
Bikes: roadbikes and full-suspension mountainbikes
Posts: 1,926
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congratulations on an excellent bicycle choice and best of luck for a successful session building it up! Your new Soma Rush will give you lots of great miles.


..



Last edited by Blue Jays; 11-04-07 at 04:48 AM.
Blue Jays is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 06:11 AM   #12
Hobartlemagne 
Spelling Snob
 
Hobartlemagne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Plano, Texas
Bikes: Panasonic DX4000, Bianchi Pista
Posts: 2,862
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do the stuff that requires no new tools, or cheap tools. Things that could be a disaster
if done wrong should be left to the LBS- IMO steering tube cutting is the #1 thing on this list.
__________________

The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!
Hobartlemagne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 07:21 AM   #13
rodri9o
moar wine!!!
 
rodri9o's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: NY
Bikes: Brigdestone RB-2 : Gunnar Roadie : Masi Gran Corsa : Gunnar Crosshairs : Specialized Stumpjumper (overseas)
Posts: 368
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You should try to do it yourself for the value of assembling your own bicycle.
I agree with what has been said regarding the LBS pressing in the headset. Leave the steerer tube long (if it is threadless) and see if you can safely ride it trying out different stem positions and heights, then get it cut a little longer...you can always cut more off later. You may also need the LBS to hammer in the star-nut depending on what steerer you have.

Also, have the LBS chase the threads on the BB, and depending on the BB you are using you may need one of both sides of the BB shell re-faced (unless it is faces already from the factory).

good luck man. get that bike rolling!!!
rodri9o is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 08:08 AM   #14
dubstylee
meh
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: MSP
Bikes: Rush Hour
Posts: 193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Building up my 'cross bike greatly increased my knowledge of bike mechanics. I had the headset cups pressed in and the steerer tube cut. Oh and a spoke replaced. Other than that I put it all together.

Sheldon Brown's site was invaluable, especially when it came to adjusting my derailer.
dubstylee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-07, 10:44 AM   #15
Cynikal
Team Beer
 
Cynikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Sacramento CA
Bikes: Too Many
Posts: 5,920
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Find your local bike co-op if you have one and build it up there. It will be much cheaper and you will learn how to do it without buying all the tools upfront.

http://bikebike.okcancel.org/BOOP/boop.pdf

Click the link for the directory of co-ops.
Cynikal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:15 PM.