How to Make Your Own Custom Bicycle

How to Make Your Own Custom Bicycle
Making a custom bike allows you to pick and choose parts that fit your body and meet your needs as a cyclist. Some cyclists turn to custom bikes to find the perfect fit, while others want a mix of components that don't come stock on any bike. Putting together your first bike takes time and money but gives you the chance to learn more about components and maintenance while coming out with a new bike built for you.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Component kit
  • Repair stand
  • Bike tool set
Step 1
Purchase a frame and fork. When choosing a frame and fork, think about what kind of riding you plan to do, how much money you want to spend and what size frame you need. If you plan to use your bike for pure road or mountain biking, the frame style will be straightforward. If you want a commuter or multiuse bike, spend more time choosing a frame that best matches the riding you will do. Frame material will largely dictate price, aluminum and steel frames costing less than carbon.
Step 2
Purchase your components. You can buy component kits that come with most, or all, of the parts you need to complete your bike. Purchasing components in a kit saves you money compared with buying each part separately. If you already have some of the components you want to use on your bike, purchase new parts that are compatible with the parts you already have.
Step 3
Install your components and tune your new bike. You'll want a repair stand and a complete set of bike tools if you plan to put together your own bike. Remember that building a bike from the frame takes more than basic bike maintenance skills. If you don't feel comfortable tuning your bike, install the components yourself and have a bike tech finish the tuning for you.

Tips & Warnings

For a complete custom bike, find a frame builder to make a frame just for you. A custom frame will cost more but will also be built to your specifications, dialing in size, geometry and paint. Custom frames are a good option for riders who fall outside the range of standard frame sizes.

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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