Originally Posted by wens
Are you talking about tools to chase and face or to install the cups? If chasing and facing, does anyone who got into riding in the past couple years? So many bikes with press-in bearings it doesn't seem like a good investment to me, most of my bikes are pf30.
No. My point is that you need a special tool to install the SRAM BB into modern frames:
I've watched this many, many times where a guy will have a list of components for a build on a budget, and not take into account little things like:
- Costs of buying the wrong part and having to ship back or buy it again
It's simply easier, cheaper, and faster to buy a complete bike. The kid could either go to a shop and buy a complete bike tomorrow from a shop and ride tomorrow or go to the shop and figure out his size and order a bike and have it by next week. If he goes the a-la-carte route, it will take weeks before he's riding and the budget a-la-carte parts will be not much better than a complete bike that he could buy for less and have much faster. It's simply not the best way to go about this. It's not.
A-la-carte bike building works well when you know what you need, those needs are very particular, and you know what you are doing.
Originally Posted by gtrob
Roadies can run tempo all year as that's what humans were designed for. If you want to be a cheetah, lay around and lick your paws more.