Building my own cross bike: Introduction

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

Tired of having to use the same bike for trail riding and commuting, I decided that I’m going to build myself a bike to replace my old yellow Trek 7000. The trouble is, I’ve never actually built a bike before! But I’m not in a rush to get a new bike, and I certainly don’t want to spend a lot of money on one, so I figured that it probably makes the most sense to build my own. Sounds fun, right? That’s what I thought.

More than anything, this is going to be a learning experience for me. I already know how to do basic mainenence, and I figure that anything I don’t know how to do can be learned from watching YouTube videos and other online tutorials. I’ll also need some tools, as I certainly don’t have what I need to build a bike from scratch. Exactly what those needed tools are I have no idea yet – I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Since the purpose of this bike is going to be a commuter, I don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy parts. But I do want a strong bike that can handle light off-road use such as curb jumping and light trail / grass riding, so I’m not willing to buy ultra-cheap parts in order to save a buck. This needs to be a strong bike that works just as well on the road as it does on the trail, it’s probably going to resemble a cross bike more than anything else.

Anyway, I’m pretty anxious to get started so I ordered the frame, fork, headset, and stem this week. Here’s the detail of the frame:

nashbar frame specs

Screenshot from nashbar.com highlighting the details of the frame I purchased

This is going to be fun! I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, but I’ll learn as I go…

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