Building my own cross bike: Assembly, Part 2

01. Introduction: Building my own cross bike
02. Assembly: Part 1
03. Assembly: Part 2
04. The inaugural ride and conclusion

This bike build has ended up costing me a lot more than I had originally planned. The total price so far is at about $2300, and I really didn’t expect it to be anywhere near that amount. The good news is that I’m pretty much done buying parts, unless my wheels and/or bottom bracket cause problems. The crankset is scary tight – it’s going to miss hitting the frame by just a few millimeters on both sides, and that’s only if the bottom bracket keeps it spaced properly. And what about frame flex? Is that going to cause clearance issues? As you can tell, I’ve learned quite a bit about building this cross bike so far.

bike part boxes

Boxes and boxes of bike parts. I’m sick of buying parts!

shimano ultegra components

Installing the Ultegra shift and brake levers

shimano ultegra shift levers on drop bars

Both levers installed on the drop bars. Looking good!

bottom bracket installation

Installing the bottom bracket

Installing the bottom bracket

Installing the bottom bracket isn’t difficult, but you need the right tools for the job!

bottom bracket and crank assembly

The best part about installing the bottom bracket? It means the cranks are next!

building a bike in my living room

My living room is turning into a disaster area

building a bike in my living room

The closer I get to finishing this build, the less I care about trying to keep my place organized!

bike build almost complete

It’s starting to look like a real bike now!

steerer tube problem

I still need to hack off that steerer tube and wrap the bars

building a bike in my living room

The advantage to being single: there isn’t a wife or girlfriend in the world who would allow this sort of thing to happen inside!

bike build nearly complete

Finally, the bike is off the stand for the first time!!

cross bike build complete

It turned out pretty well, but I still have a lot of fine tuning to do before it’s inaugural ride

custom cross bike and Trek 7000

There she is, next to the bike she is replacing.

Despite the minor issues, things are coming together well and I am almost done. Just a few minor things to tweak! I’ve never built a bike before so you can only imagine the sense of satisfaction I get whenever I add a new part and it works just as it should.

I laugh about when I first started this project. The goal was to spend about $1000, and build the bike over the course of 3 or 4 months. Yeah, right! I just got caught up in buying cool parts for it, and now it’s nowhere near the commuter I was planning it to be. Oh, it’s starting to become one heck of a nice bike though. But I’m not going to lie when I say that it may be too much to leave parked outside at the gym three times a week. Whatever. I’m just about finished with it and I’m very much looking forward to taking it on it’s inaugural ride!

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