buildin a bike

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  1. ranger39000

    ranger39000 New Member

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    After 15 yrs of cycling (startin with triathlon) I'm building my first bike from NEW parts (definitely not my first). On a budget but wont stop me. Parts in the mail r the Nashbar 54cm alum road fram and CF road fork of 160mm steerer. Ordered the Nashbar threaded sealed headset. My question, "is this going to go together well?". Please, anyone.:confused: p.s. Also got the FSA 20/24 wheelset. Any input on that as well?
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  2. artmichalek

    artmichalek New Member

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    It's going to work, but I would strongly suggest having a bike shop prep the frame and instal the headset cups.
     
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    ranger39000 New Member

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    I wish I could but I've vowed to do it all by myself and a vow is a vow. I have some ideas using somethin like a tube and sledge hammer:D But new question. Will I need to buy a new sort of stem to go down into this Nashbar CF road fork or can I use my old 7 style with quill. :confused: Guess I'll find out tomarrow when parts arrive but please, input. Sounds valuable so far artmichalek
     
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    capwater New Member

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    Quill stem is a no-go since you'll be using a threadless headset. Check out www.parktool.com, schloads of great info that you'll need.
     
  5. Windbreaker

    Windbreaker New Member

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    *picks himself up from the floor*

    Just in case you're half serious...here is a great homebuilt headset press

    BTW, if I read you correctly, it's my understanding you're using a threaded headset? If that's the case--then, yeah, you can use the quill stem.
     
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    hd reynolds New Member

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    i think what art meant about having the LBS prepare the frame aside from installing the headset cups is to prepare the BB & headset race. This requires special tools (quite heavy and expensive) that remove a little material from the race to make sure that the cups sit squarely on the the BB or headset.
     
  7. munckee

    munckee New Member

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    Seriously, let a shop press the headset for you. It'll take them 15 minutes with the right tool whereas you'll have to either plunk down for the tool or rig something that has a higher chance of failure. There's plenty of puzzle pieces left to put together after that to make it a worth endeavor.
     
  8. allenpg

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    Without dumping a few hundred dollars on headset, fork, and racing tools, spend a few bucks at your LBS for the frame prep. A lot of frames you buy already come with a fork and many shops include frame prep in the cost of the frame when you buy it from them. So, in a way, you're still building a bike from the frame up. Good luck! (I'd also recommend getting even a $30 torque wrench from Sears).
     
  9. ranger39000

    ranger39000 New Member

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    ;) Very astute of you windbreaker! Threaded headset it is! :rolleyes: But I do have alot of good info if I wanna do a threadless one now. I wanted to stay retro as much as I could cause without givin up the speed.
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  10. alfeng

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    160mm steerer? Threaded headset? OY! Sounds like 1" stuff.

    Most aluminum frames use a 1 1/8" steerer ... there were & are some exceptions.

    If you don't want to ship the fork & headset back AND buy a 1 1/8" threadless steerer with about 220mm of length (which you may end up trimming) + 1 1/8" threadless headset, spacers & stem, then you're going to want to buy a PROBLEM SOLVER headset reducer (essentially a shim). ~$28 at your LBS; but, they will probably be totally clueless as to what you are requesting.
     
  11. artmichalek

    artmichalek New Member

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    Most, but not the one we're talking about:
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile_moreimages.cfm?category=130&subcategory=1176&sku=6064
    And hd is right. It's highly unlikely that the headtube and bb shell on this thing are going to be properly faced out of the box. Spending a few bucks to have a shop do it right will go a long way to ensuring the best performance and durability of the headset and bottom bracket.
     
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    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    Sorry. Thanks for the correction AND the link.
     
  13. ranger39000

    ranger39000 New Member

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    On the road again. Did the headset myself using the Neandrathal technique but couldn't use the cf forks, just an old pair cro-mo had layin round. Thankx 4 all the input guys :D . Back on the road with some catalog parts, some LBS parts (cant put the good guyz outa business). Longest 2 weeks of my life! Pic posted in pic zone of this forum
     
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