How to Build Kits for Road Bicycles

How to Build Kits for Road Bicycles
A new kit for your road bike lets you upgrade your current ride or build a new bike from the frame. Building your own bike lets you fine-tune your bike to meet your needs. It also give you the chance to practice your bike maintenance skills if you decide to reassemble your bike by yourself. Spend time to learn about component groups before you decide what to include in your kit. Ask for help at your local bike shop if you're not sure what parts will work best for your new bike.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bike frame
  • Personalized bike kit
Step 1
Decide what kind of riding you want to do with your bike once it's completed. The type of riding you do will dictate what kind of parts you use in your road kit. For example, if you plan to build up a vintage frame for utility commuting, you probably don't want to invest in a set of lightweight racing wheels. If you want to upgrade your first road bike to be more race-worthy, you need to decide if you want to splurge on high-end parts for your all-aluminum frame or go with something mid-range and save the extra money to put towards a carbon bike.
Step 2
Know exactly what components you need to purchase to complete your kit. Do you already have parts you want to incorporate? Some people who strip down an old bike decide to keep their original handlebars and saddle. If you have old parts, decide which ones you want to use again. Incorporating old parts into your bike build can save you money when it's time to purchase all the components for your kit. Of course if you only have a frame, you need to buy a full road kit to build your bike.
Step 3
Purchase your kit. If you plan to build your bike from the frame, you can purchase a kit as a package for less than the price of purchasing each part separately. If you want to incorporate old parts into your build, you'll have to purchase your components individually. While choosing parts, take into consideration the component group, the price and the compatibility with your frame and any other components you plan to use.

Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

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