kuan wrote:Please don't do Sears. There's more to assembling a bicycle than one might initially think. Please trust me. I put together a lot of bikes.
They do not face the BB. You will need to grease the seatpost yourself. They don't use a torque wrench. The brakes will have to be adjusted. They do not lube the cables. The wheels will not be true. You get lousy rim tape. You will pinch flat.
I know you want inexpensive and all, but if you could swing something like this
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/win ... 29comp.htm
I think you will be much happier.
Yes, if you read the edited (previous) post you will see that upon further research I am not getting the Titan Bike. There is no parts availability except from the distributor & component quality is suspect.
I am however, still considering buying the bike linked below from Sears if they will price match what is quoted on the site.
http://www.abikestore.com/Merchant2/mer ... mds24-bike
No disrepect intended, but have you ever COMPLETELY dismantled & re-assemble a 1964 Harley Davidson "Big Twin" motorcycle? I mean completely, right down to individual, hand fit to .0002" (thats 2 1/10,000 inch) roller bearings W/shims & thrust washers, spokes hubs, etc?
The only thing I farmed out was balancing the engine rotating assembly. I learned to lace & true my own wheels when the local (Suzuki) motorcycle shop "professional" told me I had mismatched components (they where wrong) & that the spokes could not be laced as I tried to explain the proceedure to him.
If I can do that, I think I can find, (ain't the internet grand?) interpret & use data to assemble, lube & tune a damned bicycle. Do you think your loacl bike shop proprieteor was born W/some sort of inate bike knowledge? Any knowledge that was/is avilable to them I think I can find.
Frankly I have seldom found ANY of these "professionals" that have as much mechanical aptitude & overall mechanical experience as I do & most of the time I end up re-doing the very things I paid good $$$ to have done professionally.
Again, no disrepect, but unless you are over 30 years old I was building "stroker" Big Twin Harley engines before you where born. And I don't mean from a "S&S factory kit either. I was using modified EL flathead flywheels, doing my own internal piston skirt to skirt as well as flywheel interface & valve to piston clearancing. I have also worked most of my life as a skilled tradesman.
I appreciate your concern, but I think I can handle several hours in the garage W/my tools assembling, lubing & tuning a bicycle. The only thing that I have concern over is adjusting/tuning the shifting mechanism. I expect that I can get the info if needed from people on this or other sites.