For dummies: How to build a bicycle

Where Madsnail got started | Photo by Madsnail

I have to say, I was so excited to build my first bicycle and our mission was to get it done as soon as possible – my enthusiasm took over and I hardly took any photos. Also, it was a dark night and even my fast lens couldn’t catch our doings in the dark. Luckily, there is the internet and after I had finished with my bike, I found this awesome post from Madsnail’s blog.

He built his Salsa Casseroll, which is very similar (or nearly identical) to the Surly Pacer road bike, which in turn is not very different from the Surly Cross Check I have. After reading Madsnail’s post, I realized that even his parts are very similar to what I have in my Ultimate Commuter – which I designed to be a hybrid between a road bike and a flexible commuter.

.. and here's the finished product | Photo by Madsnail

As I said, his build is nearly identical with a CroMoly steel frame and a Shimano 105 groupset and I think it looks very good. He went a bit more for the retro look, while mine’s more of a hybrid between something else and ugly. So, if you are interested how this bike, or my bike was built check out Madsnail’s post with excellent photos in it!

The only difference in the process was that instead of a Park Tools headset press, we used pieces of wood and a rubber mallet. You know, apples and oranges.

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By Markus Sandelin

Markus is a bike commuter gadget freak who is learning the ropes of the bike world, you can find him all around the web - but you can start with his twitter at @banton.