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How To Build Your Own Time Trial Bike

This how to will give you an idea about building your own Time Trial bike from scratch. I have started my blog post following my thought process from selecting the frame, components and the process of ordering a Chinese carbon frame. You can start reading from the beginning here or jump straight in if you are keen to see the build process of this TT bike.

How To Install & Adjust Your Rear Derailleur

This How-To can be used on road bikes with Shimano rear derailleurs whether you are installing a new derailleur or adjusting your dysfunctional derailleur. This guide can be used on most Shimano derailleurs with some small variance on some models but the principle of installing and adjustments are the same.

If you are looking at tuning your shifting performance or to re-index your gears or performing a maintenance on your rear derailleur, disconnect your gear cable, turn in your barrel adjustment and jump on to Step 2.

Part 3: Time Trial Bike Build - Arrival Of The Frame & Components

This is the third blog post on my Time Trial Bike Build. My previous post was about the selection of frame and components, if you haven't read it, you can do so here. My Time Trial frame arrived from Taiwan via EMS, it took about 20 days all up since the day I made my final payment to Dengfu. So it wasn't too long at all as they had to build the frame and paint it according to my specifications. 

Part 1: Time Trial Bike Build - Frame ordering

I started to contact the Taiwanese manufacturers, asking for quotes on the bike frame back in November 2013. Deng fu was my choice of manufacturer and they did offer me the lowest price. The quote was in USD and at the time the Australian dollar was about the same as US so $1100 for frame, fork, seat post, stem and TT bars was a very good deal. I didn't end up ordering and paying until about the end of November and by that time AUD was at 93 cents to 1 USD, which wasn't too bad but the thing that I didn't expect to come as a cost was the 4.3% paypal fee. 

I want to build my own bike


New bike, those two words put together just sound exciting and fun. In 2013 I was in the market for a new bike. To be honest, I wanted two new bikes, one for riding to and from work and a proper time trial bike for my triathlon races.

After shopping around for a while I wasn't really happy with any of the bikes on the market for sale. No one offered exactly what I wanted. Some bikes would have the right brakes but I would not like the manufacturer's choice of derailleur or the crankset or the colour choice. 

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