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 Post subject: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:46 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:58 am
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Location: Collier Street near Bedgebury Forest
Hi all

I'm now the proud owner of this little project http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200976043233? ... 1497.l2649

I'm going down the singlespeed route, as I want something simple for a winter bike, so saw this & thought t would be ideal as a base for such a build, but I haven't really built a bike for years & even then it was more like taking bits off to touch up paint work, then put bits back on. So have no real experience of building 1 from scratch, let alone building a singlespeed.

Any ideas or info would be gratefully received & I'll keep you all updated.

Cheers

Robin


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 Post subject: Re: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:54 pm 
retrobike rider
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1st get a basic bicycle tool kit.
2nd there is loads of experience on here to do with builds.
just get an idea of what brakes you want cantilever or v brake.
as you go along i'm sure you'll have all sorts of questions.
but good luck with the build.


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 Post subject: Re: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:10 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Collier Street near Bedgebury Forest
Cool, yeah got a fairly comprehensive car tool kit, think I need a few specialised bike tools.

Think I'm going to go V brakes, not sure on the forks yet. I've just put some Pace RC35's on my Zaskar, so was thinking maybe get some RC36's to put on the Zaskar & transfer the RC35's the the Tequesta. Or as I'm going singlespeed to keep it a simple winter bike, maybe go for a set of rigid GT forks.

I've just sold a set of Project 2's, before I decided to build a new bike, d'oh :facepalm:


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 Post subject: Re: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:21 pm 
retrobike rider
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some essential tools for bike building are.
bottom bracket tool.
crank extractor,
chain link extractor.
headset press ( easily home made )
chain whip & cassette removal tool.

also invest in a decent bike maintainance stand.


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 Post subject: Re: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:15 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Collier Street near Bedgebury Forest
Brilliant, I only need the chain whip & cassette removal tool, chain link extractor & stand to complete that set.

Also might be needing forks, brakes, etc etc etc :)


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 Post subject: Re: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:53 pm 
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Location: Left Coast of Canada
Sounds like a fun little project. I'd go with a rigid fork for a commuter - allows you to put proper fenders on it and you don't lose energy to the suspension. I find with balloon slicks I don't really need suspension.

I'd reconsider the v-brakes - they are tougher to fit fenders around than cantis. Just swap in some Koolstop pads and adjust the canti's and away you go. Can't help you with the single speed part - never done one.


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 Post subject: Re: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:15 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Collier Street near Bedgebury Forest
Cheers Dirttorpedo, its going to be an off road bike, not a commuter. I'm going down the singlespeed route for a winter bike, gets muddy in my neck of the woods, so good for saving the groupset on my Zaskar. Also helps strengthen the legs, which can't be a bad thing.

Yeah not sure on the forks, might go rigid GT forks till I can find a decent pair of Pace RC36 for the Zaskar, then put the RC35's onto the Tequesta.

Will post pics up, as I get bits & fit them.


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 Post subject: Re: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Ah, I see. My mistake. I also thought it was built up not a bare frame. Bikediscount.de had a great deal on v-brakes and levers a few weeks ago - around $65 USD for a whole set of Avids I think. Definitely go with a suspension fork if its for off-road.


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 Post subject: Re: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:19 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Collier Street near Bedgebury Forest
Pics of the beginning


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 Post subject: Re: GT Tequesta
PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:58 pm 
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any updates?


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