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Old 09-03-07, 06:52 PM
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how often should you rebuild your bike?

i live in Canada, so my riding for the year is slowing down, and will soon end, so I was wondering, should i rebuild my bike? its eithor this fall before the snow comes or next spring after it melts. and is once a year good to rebuild, replace cables and anything else thats worn out? thanks
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Are you riding year round? I usually just do things as they are needed.
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i ride as soon as the salt is off the roads until eithor my hands freeze, or there's snow. i ride as much as i can.

i know you should replace the cables every once in a while, which isnt hard, but stuff starts to wear out, and sometimes its hidden. i have nothing to do in the winter besides school and hockey (im not big in it, wont make the high school team, well, im not gonna even try out, but i play to keep in shape and have some fun) so i might
as well rebuild my bike, and id like to do it outside if at all possible, but inside is fine (o, i forgot i pretty much own the basement...)
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you should ride in the snow, its a crapload of fun especiallaly on the trails
i own most of the basement to, its a good place to work, except when i get grease on th carpet, that takes lots of scrubbing to get out
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my basement is concrete, and when my step brother was younger (my age-ish, 14) he painted it all wth flames, so it looks pretty cool. i would ride in the snow, but the only way to get there is to go through salt, which i dont want to do... so should i rebuild or not?
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my basement is concrete, and when my step brother was younger (my age-ish, 14) he painted it all wth flames, so it looks pretty cool. i would ride in the snow, but the only way to get there is to go through salt, which i dont want to do... so should i rebuild or not?
you have a second bike frame, so i would build the second one, with crappy components, a rigid fork, etc to ride in the winter. i might do that, i have two to three frames that i could build.
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im thinking of taking a zellers type bike and making a ski bike, since i have a nice hill in my backyard. i have a Norco bigfoot, thats gonna be my good bike. then my Norco Katmandu is gonna be for getting around, like going to stores, and such, but it will still see some trails
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Old 09-03-07, 07:58 PM
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I miss basements.
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lol, so is once a year good?
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yes, rebuild
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lol, s i guess whenever i think it needs it. cables are good for a long summer right?
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Sounds like you're using "rebuild" in a pretty ambiguous way to me. You need to define it - there really isn't much that you need to "rebuild". For example, things you can't rebuild are modern bb's, cartridge headsets, hubs.

You can certainly replace the bearings in them but there is no, rebuilding of say loose ball bbs/headsets/hubs.

Whatever do you mean?
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I do use winter as an opportunity to do deep maintenance and repair. Grease the headset and v-brake pivots, repace brake pads, cassette and chain if needed. Everything gets a super cleaning and lube. Any planned upgrades happen too. But 'rebuild', not as a yearly routine. bk
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i dont mean rebuild every part, i mean take my bike apart as much as possible, and then grease it all up, replace things that need to be replaced, and wait for spring

as in, its like im building a bike, using my bike
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Originally Posted by norco_rider77 View Post
my basement is concrete, and when my step brother was younger (my age-ish, 14) he painted it all wth flames, so it looks pretty cool. i would ride in the snow, but the only way to get there is to go through salt, which i dont want to do... so should i rebuild or not?
Hey, winter is for winter sports. I know a lot of folks like riding trails with knobby studded tires, but winter is for skiing, not bike riding!

A large piece of cardboard provides plenty of protection for the drips of oil coming off a bike you're working on. I've found flattened bike boxes to be excellent = they are large and thick. Tape w/ duct tape if you combine pieces. Buy an inexpensive repair stand or look on line for a plan to make one. It is just about essential for doing serious work on a bike.

As for your question - if you have an interest, modest aptitude and some tools, get a good bike repair book and tear it completely down to the ball bearings and put it back together. It is actually pretty simple mechanics and can be a lot of fun if you have the time and inclination. there is no harm doing it, especially if you can admit you need help if you have problems and can afford to take it into the LBS to get it. Make sure you don't lose parts!

As for what to do - why not call an LBS and find out what they recommend for things such as the "minor" and "major" tune up they do? At the least you want to inspect everything and repack hubs, bottom bracket, head set if they are gritty or not smooth. Me, if they feel good, I don't bother unless I just want to do it for "fun".

Remove chain and clean thoroughly, rinse and re-lube. Get a "quick link" installed if you don't already have one rather than hassle with the fussy pins they have nowadays.

Clean and oil any moving derailler and brake parts. Lube cables and replace if they aren't smooth and unrestricted. Clean and polish bike, sprockets and wheels if you're so inclined..
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Non cartridge headsets, twice a year if I ride a lot. All the other non cartridge bearings, I will go years without rebuilding. I have never had to replace a brake or der cable because of failure. Usually I will rebuild everything when I strip the frame to paint it, but otherwise when it needs it.

It is important to regularly check all bearings for looseness and adjust as necessary.
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i think ill just clean the chain and get new cables (maybe housing?) and leave all the bearing stuff to my LBS. im asking for the 'Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair' for chirstmas (im 14, but i know my way around a bike)
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as is often said, "your mileage may vary."
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i usually put anywhere from 1000 to 2000 km on in July and august, when is it recommended to change cables?
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i think ill just clean the chain and get new cables (maybe housing?) and leave all the bearing stuff to my LBS. im asking for the 'Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair' for chirstmas (im 14, but i know my way around a bike)
i have that book, its great, the only problem is that it is all online, so the only reason to get it is so you don''t get grease on your bike
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when is it recommended to change cables?
depends on where and how you ride and how well sealed your cables are (see #20)
Not trying to be flip but only you can answer that question
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i guess ill find out
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