Building up a bike

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LANDSURFER74

Re: Building up a bike

Postby LANDSURFER74 » 22 Mar 2011, 10:47pm

Sorry , just built a bike up from parts in the shed for the son - in - law , hybrid type , 2 and 1 half hours ... what the hell are you going to do for a year .. its a bike not a degree!!! :D :D

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby patricktaylor » 23 Mar 2011, 7:41am

patricktaylor wrote:... I'd enjoy building up a bike from scratch and perhaps take a year over it, on the side of everything else ...

LANDSURFER74 wrote:... what the hell are you going to do for a year? ...

LOL

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby pedalsheep » 23 Mar 2011, 9:07am

I fancy a Roberts Audax frame


Obviously a man of taste!
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Re: Building up a bike

Postby BigG » 23 Mar 2011, 3:14pm

patricktaylor wrote: I fancy a Roberts Audax frame.


I fancy Catherine Zeta Jones; but I think i'll stay with my wife!

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby LANDSURFER74 » 23 Mar 2011, 3:43pm

LOL :D , LOL :D ..Big g

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby LANDSURFER74 » 23 Mar 2011, 4:16pm

p.s ... Linda Bellingham ...mmmmmmmm with or without OXO...

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby JohnW » 23 Mar 2011, 11:25pm

BigG wrote:
patricktaylor wrote: I fancy a Roberts Audax frame.


I fancy Catherine Zeta Jones; but I think i'll stay with my wife!


A Roberts Audax frame will stay attractive longer than Catherine Zeta Jones, and generate a lot less domestic friction.

patrick - Mercian do do retro frames, depending on what is meant by retro - you'd probably think of my newest as retro - but they do some up-to-the-minute stuff as well - they'll build what you want. When I went there to order my frame, they had a Reynolds 953 frame - of their build - with carbon front forks, built to what seemed to me to be the very latest layout and geometry and for time-trialling purposes, and there were many new frames of all shapes, sizes and specifications. Don't think of Mercian as being traditional touring only.


I've always wanted to know - what does "LOL" mean?

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby Edwards » 24 Mar 2011, 6:05am

JohnW wrote:I've always wanted to know - what does "LOL" mean?


It should be "Lots of love".

















Unfortunately it now means "Laughing out loud"
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Re: Building up a bike

Postby patricktaylor » 24 Mar 2011, 8:03am

JohnW wrote:... Don't think of Mercian as being traditional touring only.

Fair point John. Image of Mercian lugless.

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby pubrunner » 26 Mar 2011, 10:15pm

Mick F wrote:Yes, diy is best!

If you are starting with a bare frame and you have no workstand, get the wheels on first. This allows you to have a "solid" surface to work with.


Yes, I've decided to get the wheels; but first, I need to put on rim tape. The wheels are 700C Mavic Open Pro, can anyone recommend a suitable rim tape ? I've seen Velox rim tape (tape and cloth tape) - though I'm not sure what size it needs to be. I've also seen a heavier looking polyurethane tape for sale, that fits all 700c wheels.

http://www.mailorderbikes.com/products.php?plid=m5b0s314p3783

When I get past the rim tape issue; I'll need inner tubes and tyres ? Are inner tubes 'much of a muchness ?' or are some noticeably better ?

Thank you for all the previous replies - especially those who have offered to help - I might knock on your door one day :D

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby herzog » 27 Mar 2011, 6:40am

17mm Velox will fit well (just built up a 105/open pro) - I've used it on all my bikes for years.

With regards to inner tubes, I've no preference and have used many different brands. I've found Continental to be good (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/continental-qua ... nner-tube/). Though difficult to assess if they're actually any good or not, I've not had a puncture in over 5000 miles (in combination with Specialized Armadillos).

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LANDSURFER74

Re: Building up a bike

Postby LANDSURFER74 » 27 Mar 2011, 7:03pm

RIM TAPES... 2 layers of duct tape .... ideal .....

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby Mick F » 27 Mar 2011, 7:09pm

pubrunner wrote: Are inner tubes 'much of a muchness ?' or are some noticeably better ?
I would buy Schwalbe.
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=46949
Very pleased with them, and next time I need inner tubes, they will be the one's I'll buy.
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Re: Building up a bike

Postby JohnW » 27 Mar 2011, 9:20pm

Edwards wrote:
JohnW wrote:I've always wanted to know - what does "LOL" mean?


It should be "Lots of love".

Unfortunately it now means "Laughing out loud"


That actually explains a lot, Edwards.

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Re: Building up a bike

Postby JohnW » 27 Mar 2011, 9:31pm

Mick F wrote:Yes, diy is best!

If you are starting with a bare frame and you have no workstand, get the wheels on first. This allows you to have a "solid" surface to work with. Obviously, you need the front forks on first..........................................


I must have missed this earlier.

I'd go along generally with that philosophy, but my first job on a new or re-sprayed frame is to check that the bottom bracket goes in easily and positively - then the same with the seat-pin. The fit should always be perfect, but it isn't always. My next job is to squirt the "Frame Saver" into the tubes. I the fit the bottom bracket when the "Frame Saver" has cured - and proceed generally as Mick says.

Answer this honestly everyone - has anyone built up a bike on a new or re-sprayed frame without inflicting any damage at all to the paintwork - however small?