My First Build

by 02curtisb   May 31, 2012  

So having had my bike stolen ive gone and spent the insurance on (hopefully) all the required components to build one myself!
Planet x Carbon frame and largely 105 gruppo, Just before i begin wondered if you guys had any top tips or tricks that i may not get from books/online help? Anything appreciated! Cheers

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DO NOT spill any bearings.


Just don't.

And no hammers.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
31st May 2012 - 13:08

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get a workstand and proper tools, be methodical and patient.

Before you fit the bars, secure the forks with string or bungees or pad the top tube so they dont swing round and take a chunk out of your toptube.

Don't cut the fork steerer to its final length until you've ridden the bike a few times and got the bar height right.

Likewise, don't cut the cables too short until you've got the bars right.

check the inside of the seat tube for sharp things that will leave nasty scratches on your seatpost.

Don't cross thread the bottom bracket, check the thread is well cut first.


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posted by joemmo [1113 posts]
31st May 2012 - 13:19


Use a torque wrench!

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posted by Manglier [95 posts]
1st June 2012 - 8:11


All good tips guys. Appreciate it. Two massive boxes of componenets just arrived and i have a lovely plan for the weekend!
In terms of stands are there any options other than the plethora of fairly expensive £90 ones? Im just being tight but £90ish sounds a bit pricey after things!

posted by 02curtisb [73 posts]
1st June 2012 - 14:42



posted by arrieredupeleton [587 posts]
1st June 2012 - 16:08


Take your time measure twice cut once, a workstand are great bit of kit that you will use time and time again.

My workstand is my best bikes, bike stand, its my bikes maintenance stand, its my bikes cleaning stand, its a leaningpost whem on my rollers

Most of all enjoy the whole experience Nerd Big Grin

Pain is weekness leaving the body

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posted by road ronin [57 posts]
1st June 2012 - 20:07

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So most of the way there and definately agree on the workstand. I was too impatient to wait for delivery but definately getting one for general tweaking in the future.

Has any one used a pipe cutter to trim the front fork? Ive seen a few videos and it seems a sensible suggestion - having just struggled with a farily decent hacksaw. Thankfully i cut it too long on purpose but thinking of investing for future trims??


posted by 02curtisb [73 posts]
4th June 2012 - 14:55


cutting carbon?

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
4th June 2012 - 19:56


I realise this is very stupid (and i pretty practical) but i know the blades are carbon, just having cut through the tube not %100 sure. Unless theres a very dense type they use? Confused What would be the outcome either way in terms of cutting it?

posted by 02curtisb [73 posts]
5th June 2012 - 9:48


Its carbon, im a dunce!

posted by 02curtisb [73 posts]
5th June 2012 - 9:56

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good bit of advice here,

Go a little careful and all should be OK - take time as I'm sure your not in a rush to get it done.

Hope it helps,

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [390 posts]
5th June 2012 - 11:00


You know how my first comment on this thread was to not spill any bearings and not to use hammers.

Well, I'll leave you with two words.

Two words which I never want to hear myself say again.

Cotter Pins

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
5th June 2012 - 18:35