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Old 09-11-07, 04:58 PM
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Bike build - the little things

I'm going to tackle my first build. I've got most, if not all, the tools, and the frameset, groupset, wheels, components and tires are en route. Now I'm focusing on making sure I've got all the little things so that I don't have to make a dozen trips to the LBS and/or hardware store.

The build is a late-model titanium road bike (1 1/8" non-integrated fork, modern dropout spacing, etc.). I'm not building the wheels, just re-tensioning the factory-built wheels if necessary. And I'll have the LBS press in the headset cups since I don't have a press.

Here's my list of the little things:

- anti-seize, e.g., silver Loctite
- blue Loctite
- thread-prep grease
- rim tape
- tubes
- bar tape
- bar end caps
- headset spacers
- cable end caps - proper name? those little caps that prevent cable ends from fraying
- cable guide for underneath the BB

Anything I'm missing? TIA!

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Old 09-11-07, 05:17 PM
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Get some Sports Tape from the local Longs, Rite-Aid, CVS, or similar store.

It is great for holding your cable runs in place on the handlebars as it is self adhesive, and can easily be removed and reapplied if you need to make adjustment, and is cheap. When you have the cables right where you want them, you can just tape over it with the bar tape.
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The little BB cable guide all came with my STI levers when I built mine last winter.
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A six pack, some tunes and a buddy.
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Originally Posted by serpico7 View Post
Anything I'm missing? TIA!
cables, housings, ferrules (two sizes of each)

For cable ends I use shrink tubing. Doesn't hang up on things and you can slice it off without shortening the cable if you ever need to.
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Assuming you purchased the groupo new, no need to worry about housing/cables.

Bar ends will come with the bar tape.

As for grease, go to Home Depot and pick up a tub of Marine Bearing grease. It's like 2.75 as opposed to like $12 for Park grease.
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
A six pack, some tunes and a buddy.
I often tell friends who bring their bikes by for a quick fix/lesson: There are two tools most "serious" bike mechanics often overlook, although crucial:

1.Beer
2.Music.
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Originally Posted by MattP. View Post
Assuming you purchased the groupo new, no need to worry about housing/cables.

Bar ends will come with the bar tape.

As for grease, go to Home Depot and pick up a tub of Marine Bearing grease. It's like 2.75 as opposed to like $12 for Park grease.
Yes, new gruppo, so it should have cables and housing. Would it also have the ferrules and crimp-ons?

DMF, I like the shrink tubing idea.
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Ferrules are typically included with the housing.
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Originally Posted by serpico7 View Post
Yes, new gruppo, so it should have cables and housing. Would it also have the ferrules and crimp-ons?

DMF, I like the shrink tubing idea.
Yes, ferrules and cable ends will be included.
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
A six pack, some tunes and a buddy.
This is all you need. Thread over.
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you didn't mention pedals or bottle cages...
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you didn't mention pedals or bottle cages...
Already have that stuff. Basically I have all the obvious things. Now I'm trying to make sure I'm not overlooking the less obvious stuff.
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Originally Posted by serpico7 View Post
Already have that stuff. Basically I have all the obvious things. Now I'm trying to make sure I'm not overlooking the less obvious stuff.
hell, log onto the Park site and have at it. Are you building for yourself? If so, measure your old bike so you can get closer for that "first rest ride."

Oh... Get a disposable digital camera (if you don't have a real one) and take pictures along the way.
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