Re: What's a good MTB for under $500.00
Originally Posted by aikions
That's an awesome idea but I consider myself a noob in building bikes. Then again if I can create a new PC, how hard can it be? I only problem I can think of is finding a place to buy the parts at.
Despite what Jace1283
suggests, bicycle wrenching isn't watch making
[i.e., in the days prior to when watches ran on batteries]...
I presume you have a bike of some sort -- THAT is your starting point.
Take the wheels off, front & back. How hard was that? Put them back on & secure.
Loosen the seatpost's binder bolt or quick release & remove the seatpost (AFTER you measure the height between the top of the saddle & the center of the bottom bracket [i.e., the crank's center bolt]). How hard was that? Put the seatpost back in the frame & secure.
Loosen the nut on the back of one of the brake's bolts (I'm presuming non-disc brakes) .... slide it off ... put it back on. Now, loosen the brake cable ... reattach.
And, so on.
SOME special tools are required, but less than decades ago. Most of the tools you will need are now generic (i.e., metric wrenches -- Allen/hex & 'open').
Almost ALL the information you need is now available from the Web (Sheldon Brown's site OR the PARK TOOL site) AND/OR you can buy ZINN's maintenance book (there are others, of course) for MTBs.
For a Newbie, mating LIKE parts (all LX, or all XT, or all XTR) is easier than mixing-and-matching, and that is one reason "groups" are easier to work with.
Presuming you have a bike of some sort AND if you are inclined (at some future time) toward "building" your own, you can begin by looking at the current components on your bike and deciding which ones you don't like & would like to improve ... buy those parts "used" from eBAY (some are "pulls" from bikes that have been upgraded by the owner [sometimes, a bike shop] ... your target price is HALF of what it would cost from your bike shop OR about 1/3rd less than from a mail order place like NASHBAR).
So, let's say you don't particularly like your crankset (the difference between the cheapest & best is MOSTLY weight, BTW), then you would select a crankset & BB (different cranks MAY use different Bottom Brackets), buy them ... you would then realize you need the tools to remove & install them at which point you could
buy one of those "starter" toolkits (less than $50 ... often on sale for about $40) which actually have most of the tools you would need for occasional maintenance -- some of the "tools" are of mediocre quality & some are just as good or better than PARK's.
Because 99% of the information you need is now readily available, only the LACK of tools and/or the LACK of mechanical aptitude are roadblocks to doing your own wrenching ...
The ONLY (?) people who should not do their own wrenching, IMO, are surgeons & hand models OR people with arthritis OR zero mechanical aptitude (yes, I know some people who seem to fall into that category ... but, even they could probably do manage to perform SOME of the required maintenance on a bike).