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I have a road bike that I plan to completely overhaul soon. Over the years, and with several bikes, I have overhauled most every component, but have never managed to do this for an entire bike, start to finish.

Is there an optimal sequence for a bike overhaul? Or does it matter?

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Is it important to you to strip all the way down to a bare frame? Or is overhauling one system at a time OK? – Jay Bazuzi Oct 21 '10 at 18:22
Probably won't strip to bare frame. I'm not sure that I need to. – user313 Oct 21 '10 at 20:26
I don't like the title, but I can't think of a better one! Good question. – Neil Fein Oct 22 '10 at 0:18
up vote 7 down vote accepted

I normally don't post "here is a link" answers - but I have two overhaul checklist links that are great, and typing the full sequence would take forever...

The first is from United Bicycle Institute (checklist PDF link) - UBI is one of the premier US bike mechanics schools.

The other from the A Convenient Cycle blog and is for those that want a text based checklist they can cut, paste and modify.

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Good checklists. – user313 Oct 22 '10 at 16:13

I usually start by stripping a frame down. I'll leave the cables on if I'm not going that far but at least take the headset apart and take out the BB. Once I get it that far I'll finish off the frame then move on to the wheels. Pull out the bearings and check the balls, get new ones if needed and re-pack the hubs. I also clean the cassette at this point since it's mostly apart.

I've never had pedals that required a rebuild but I guess I'd do it after I put the cranks back on.

Then put it back together.

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