I have an old Diamond Back Serrota that has been used for work for years, stripped, sat outside for a few years, built, stripped, stuck back in the shed etc etc.
I stole the last few parts of it to bodge a mates bike (which due to having brakes for the first time in 2 years, he promptly fell off breaking 2 ribs
) Anyway, I slung it out the back again for a few weeks again before taking pity on it and building it up into a rough left over bitza single speed. And I tell you what- its the first bike out of the door at the moment- I love it to bits, spent 2 hours building a ramp and doing big jumps this morning instead of working on the rally car
It cost about £25 to build up, highly recommended matey!! Just cobble it together with all those rubbish bits down the back of the workbench and in the bottom of your tool box- there will always be a pair of wheels down the local tip (found a pair of nice Mavics once!) Go on son-