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Is it Easy or Hard to Build Your Own Bicycle?

To build your own bicycle can bring a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction!

By building your own road bike you can make it just the way you want it.

To limit the frustration you should be mechanically inclined. Having the correct tools is very useful.

Some parts of the bike you can not put together with out the correct tools, such as the rear cassette/gears.

To build your own bicycle allows you the opportunity to choose every thing from the type of frame to the type of wheels/rims.

What Kind of Frame Do You Want?

There are a few choices you have related to frames.Build Your Own Bicycle
  • Composite (carbon fiber)
  • Aluminum 
  • Titanium
  • Steel (limited choices)
  • Aluminum-composite mix
Getting a composite or titanium frame gets you light weight and strength.

An aluminum and aluminum-composite mix will also give you a light weight frame. They are just not as light as the composite or titanium frames.

The frame is the basis of what your bicycle will like.

Getting a frame you are comfortable with and enjoy is an important starting point.

You should ride some different frames to find what you like before you purchase your own.

What will be Your Choice of Components?

Components are a very important part of the road bike building process.

The drive train of the whole bike comes from the components.

The better quality the components the better off you will be in the long-run.

Getting high quality components are worth the money.

Well known makers of components are:
  • Shimano
  • Campagnolo (Campy)
Build Your Own BicycleAlways make sure you get the correct components for your bike.

For example, if you get a 9 gear cassette make sure you get a 9 gear derailleur.

The same goes for the front derailleur.

If you are faced with a decision between great components, such Shimano Dura Ace, or a titanium frame.

Get the Dura Ace components and the cheaper frame. You will be glad you got the better components.

With the better components you will get better all around performance on the bike you worked so hard on.

The line up of Shimano components goes as follows: Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, and Dura Ace.

Should you decide to have 10 gears in the back, you can not get anything less than 105 components.

The lower components do not make anything for 10 gears.

Campagnolo has the following line up: Voloce, Centaur, Chorus, Record and Super Record.

Both Shimano and Campagnolo are very good quality components to build your own bicycle with.

Do You Know...

What rims/wheels you want?

There are a number of makers of wheels.
  • Zipp
  • Hed
  • Easton
  • Mavic
  • DT Swiss
  • Campagnolo
  • Reynolds
  • Rolf Prima
  • Shimano
There is a huge variety of cycling wheel makers.

Mavic is one of the most common and well known wheel makers.

Mavic makes everything from lower end wheels to high end wheels.

Zipp, Hed, Easton and Reynolds are mostly known for their aerodynamic wheels such as disc and composite wheels.  

You should decide how aerodynamic you want your wheels. Deciding this could determine which wheel makers you look at.

You should also decide if you want composite wheels or not.

Getting wheels is when you decide what hubs and how many gears in the rear you want.

Wheels is when you get to decide what type of spokes you want, such as stainless steel, composite or some other material.

Do lots of product test rides at bike shops.

Find out what you like most before you hand over the money.

You have many choices to make when building your own bicycle.

When your all done you will have a great bike to ride and be proud of.

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