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Unpacking the Bike

Old 06-05-07, 05:19 PM
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Unpacking the Bike

One of the reasons I wanted to get back into cycling was to aquainte myself with a mechanical beast. I am one of the most useless guys when it comes to mechanical things. Usually I blame this problem on my poor spatial abilities. Simply put, I canít judge size or force very well. These are two things that are key to mechanical aptitude.

So my beast is here and I unpack her. Clipping zip ties and removing packing meant to protect the paint I place the beast on the bike repair stand. One things guys do when they have little mechanical aptitude is over-buy tools thinking they will empower their hands like the hammer of Thor. So there she stands clamped to the work stand waiting for me to breathe life into her. A job that I am sure she knows would take but a few minutes with a trained mechanic or maybe an hour with a normal bloke. Unfortunately for the beast, I am her master.

She is missing the normal things when being unboxed. The handlebars dangle with cables attached but no stem and the front wheel needs to be put back on the fork. Pedals, front fender, saddle, and bottle holders will finish the job. Donít laugh too hard, I know it seems all too simple, but I sit here in utter fear as I stare at the dangling handlebars. I simply can not get over the fear of screwing the bike up with my first attempt to do anything mechanical to her. The bar and stem looks so strange to me and I realize I donít know what I am doing. My Zinn book still has not arrived.

Yes the guy who built up my bike would be more than happy to help me, and I will probably call him. As I sit here and stare at the beast yet undone.

I would have some pictures of the unpacking but the camera has run off somewhere at this moment.
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Originally Posted by JumboRider
One things guys do when they have little mechanical aptitude is over-buy tools thinking they will empower their hands like the hammer of Thor.
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Just insert pin A into slot B while turning bracket C clockwise with respect to frame section D. Then, take alignment pin E and...

Good luck! Hope the beast lives soon!
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I LOVE building new Bikes. The other folks at the Shop laugh at me because of my silly smile when I build them up. It's the Kid on Christmas Morning look about me...

Bike builds. Oh my! So many little things to pass along. So many things to fret about and make right from the first turn of a screw. Good luck putting it together and if you can get help, ask for it and don't be afraid to ask.

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Good luck putting it together. I found this site: https://www.utahmountainbiking.com/fix/ really helped me understand how my bike works better. His instructions are mostly done in normal language and often can be quite humourous.
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Thanks for all the input and support. The handlebars are on the bike!! Who thought of putting a cap on a tube? Everything else was going well until......no seat post collar. I don't know what happened to it. Maybe they forgot to add it? Maybe it fell out of the packing? I have no clue.


Well the shop Hiawatha Cyclery that built up the bike is shipping out a collar. This will take 2 to 3 days. DOH!
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Awww - a seat isn't THAT important. You could still take it for a quick spin...
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Sheet man, get down to an LBS and pop for a collar so you can get on that bike and ride.
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I can do that? They are not specific to the frame?
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There are a few different sizes, but they're all standard. You should be able to get one at your LBS without too much trouble.

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^^^ +1 Just tell them what frame you have, or even take it with you.

But, I use a Surly Constrictor on my MTB and it's awesome. The stock one was.. crap .
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Originally Posted by JumboRider
I can do that? They are not specific to the frame?
All you need is the outside diameter of the seat tube, they should be able to hook you up with a color for a minimal amount of money.
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Your LBS should have something that will work with a steel frame. Carbon fiber frames sometimes require special collars.
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altho i can't help in the build, just a note about our lbs...about 6 months ago, they started offering a class on bicycle mechanics and service, 6 sessions, 2 hrs each and the final class is to build a bike out of the box. just started it and look forward to that final class......now they run them on 6 consecutive sundays or mondays and the classes have about 12 people in them so it's personalized.....might suggest something like this to your lbs.
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Originally Posted by homebody146
altho i can't help in the build, just a note about our lbs...about 6 months ago, they started offering a class on bicycle mechanics and service, 6 sessions, 2 hrs each and the final class is to build a bike out of the box. just started it and look forward to that final class......now they run them on 6 consecutive sundays or mondays and the classes have about 12 people in them so it's personalized.....might suggest something like this to your lbs.
Spokes, etc just south of the beltway? Sunday or Monday? I'm in the Sunday class.
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I went to 3 lbs stores and none had the size collar that I needed. Karma I tell ya. I know we have maintenance classes offered at our local LBS', including the Park Tools classes, but that is normally in the winter months. I will be attending them when they come around.
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Still no Collar

No seat to sti on yet, but she is ready to ride other than that. She is a pretty, surly beast. Ok, I understand that presta valves let you have a narrow stems for thinner tires but I hate them. LOL
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^^^ Just get an adapter and stop yer whinin! No collars for a steel framed road bike seat stay? Did you consider just swiping one? I'd a been tempted.
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Originally Posted by JumboRider
Ok, I understand that presta valves let you have a narrow stems for thinner tires but I hate them. LOL
That's funny... I love 'em! The ability to be VERY precise with your pressure settings, and a secondary securing mechanism. Hell, I wish I could get presta stems for my motorcycle and automobiles.....
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If the valves were on motorcycles and cars then I would want that on my bike. The problem that I have is messing around with different adapters. You can't simply roll into a gas station and pump them up.
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She's Alive!!!!!!! Big Liberty Blue is alive!!! She is finally ready to go and her master has his helmet. Nothing to stop me.....dang it, Thunderstorm here now!!!
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Photos! Photos!

And congrats on building up your first bike.

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