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Old 04-18-14, 10:33 AM
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First time building a bike (not completely)

My warranty gave me a frame replacement, so I am about to have a new bike again. I splurged and got new wheels too when the bike shop got my frame in. I have to take all the parts off my old frame and put them on my new frame. I just need some tips and suggestions on what/what-not to do when building my bike back up. Is there some sort of order I should do this in? I am trying to do this without causing damage, and I am saving the money by not having the bike shop do it. Kraynick's Bike Shop is the only place I know where I can go in my area to fix my bike for free with all of his tools and bike stands to use.

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Old 04-18-14, 10:51 AM
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Other than things logically required (can't install/size chain until crankset and wheels are on) there's not an absolute required order.

What not to do is:
  • Just go by the seat of your pants and hope for the best
  • Really crank down on small nuts and bolts.
Specifics of how to proceed are beyond the scope of a forum thread, so:
  • Google install ______ and check Sheldonbrown.com and parktool.com/blog results first.
  • Read as much as you can absorb, including related items, as the components connect to and relate to one another in important ways.
  • Then check videos for a sense of how the procedures look.
  • Ask for in-person assistance anytime you are in doubt.
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Yeah, Jerry is great about that. Where in Pgh are you? I'm in the South Hills and maybe I can help. PM me and we can discuss.
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Oh yeah, and my bike is aluminum, I bent the rear droupout on my old beat up/scratched frame which may be turned into a cool hanging art piece in my room.
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Originally Posted by Wallonthefloor View Post
Is there some sort of order I should do this in?
I need to rebuild the entire front end on my 3/4 ton pickup (what a beast of a job!), something I have never done before. The only general rules of thumb I follow:

1) Work on one component at a time, and lay parts out on the shop floor as they come off (ie, in a logical order, so I know how to put it back together).

2) Pay careful attention not to over- or under-torque any nuts/bolts during reassembly.
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Old 04-19-14, 12:59 PM
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If you have a LBS that you trust available, I'd consider handing the frame in to be prepped. E.g. BB shell faced, threads chased, seat tube reamed, and head tube reamed and faced. Oh, and I'd string the frame up and check rear triangle alignment. Something like what engine builders call "blueprinting".
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