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Old 11-24-12, 11:12 AM
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After you have determined the thread type then you determine what crank you are going to use. It will dictate spindle length.

Then there are all the flavors of BB - cartridge (probably the easiest to install) with adjustable cups or one of the new external bearing types.

I have found that a good LBS can be very supportive and helpful with a bike build. Many people find building up a bike a fun challenge and they recognize this so if you are upfront with them they will help you with certain aspects of the build and let you do the rest as you want. Some of the work like headset bearing races you really need the right tool to do and most adequate headsets are not all that expensive at you LBS. Talk to them and tell them what you want to do and listen to what they say. Of course not all bike shops are created equal, your experience may vary, but I suggest at least making the effort to create some relationship with what you have available.

EDIT: I see you are in Beaufort. There is a BF member DieselDan that lives in that area and is a bike mechanic and at least in the forum is a really nice guy. I'll send him a PM and direct him to this thread and maybe he'll be willing to have a look at what you've got. You won't be able to contact him until you have 50 posts on the forum but he could share his local contact info with you if he's so inclined.

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