Hey everyone -
So, I rescued an old Atala frame from a dumpster, and painstakingly sanded it down and re-painted it. I'm finally ready to put some parts on it and get it out of the basement.
I've been riding a fixed gear (a great IRO) around NYC for 5 years or so, and doing plenty of maintenance on it. However, I'm totally inexperienced when it comes to putting together a bike from scratch - and I know I could probably just take the frame down to the bike shop and have them do their thing - but I'm psyched to finally put together a bike on my own, and, you know, learn something!
As far as the build goes, I don't need anything too fancy/expensive (this is going to be my laid back single speed for coasting around brooklyn on the weekends, right down to a freewheel), just solid, good looking stuff that works. I was thinking of ordering some new parts or ebaying some used parts, but here's the thing: bike parts apparently come in 2398502395 sizes. So, I need a bit of help figuring out, specifically, what size & threading (I'm assuming Italian on this) bottom bracket to get so that it fits the frame. Can anyone point me to a good resource to help figure this out? Also, how do I figure out what seat tube & headset sizes I need? Finally, any recs on what specific parts to look at for the drivetrain?
Also, general tips & wisdom for putting together a bike for the first time are much appreciated. Also, is doing this DIY more trouble than it's worth? I hope not!