Cycling is a great hobby that attracts millions of people worldwide. And it is fun in more ways than one. First and the primary attraction that the bicycle has is its ability to propel you into good speed and is a great way to pass time and travel with friends and companion. The second attractive aspect of biking is its health benefits. Many fitness and figure conscious individuals pursue biking as a means to improve their overall strength and endurance. The third, and perhaps most appealing part of cycling is its mechanical appeal that is attractive to those who are fond of tinkering machines to see how they work and how they can be improved. If you are one of these people and you are looking to build your own bike from scratch, here are some tips on what parts you should look for and the considerations that you have to make when selecting the parts.
Some initial considerationsFirst of all, there are many kinds of bicycles that you can build. The first consideration that you should make is what kind of bicycle do you want to build? Each type of bicycle can greatly vary on purpose, style and costs (so your budget should also be a consideration). For example, racing bikes and road bikes costs a lot more than street bikes. And if you are going to be driving around urban areas, a city bike may be a better choice than a racing bike; in terms of price and function. For a quick list of the kinds of bicycles, click here.
The FrameThis will be your bicycle’s foundation. Thus, you should select a frame that perfectly suits your body type. You can determine what frame measurement exactly matches your needs by having yourself measured on a bike specialty shop. If you have the budget, you can have a frame custom made for you. The measurement is for free so if you are short on budget, you can have yourself measured there and buy the frame from a second hand shop, garage sale, Walmart, Target, or any other malls that sell affordable bike frames. However, don’t expect it to match the ergonomics, lightness, or durability of what you can get from Guru or Shimano.
ComponentsSince this is more or less your first time of building a bike, I suggest getting a components build kit instead of buying the parts one by one which requires extensive knowledge on how each one functions. Great bike component makers are Shimano and Campagnolo. If you have the budget, I strongly suggest going for these will save you a lot of trouble; not to mention that using these really feel great. Wheels and tubes The wheels are the parts that have greatest effect on the bike’s performance. I suggest allocating 40% to 60% of your budget on this. You can select almost any tube. Your priority should be the wheel as this makes a lot of difference. The type of wheels that fit your purpose, however, will vary according to your purpose. It would be best to get some advice from the shop owner or sales personnel regarding this. Ideally, you should find the perfect balance between function, lightness, and durability. Make it as light as possible, but if you will use it off road, a significant thickness is required for it to be durable enough for the purpose.
Pedals and handlebarsThese are the last components. You can pretty much select anything that matches your taste and grip. But for the pedal, having a clipped pedal is more ideal. Assembling your own bike can become quite costly. If you are on a tight budget, going for discount coupons can be very helpful. If interested, see some pages about couponing information.