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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:59 pm 
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got the inspiration off of here a while back just wondered if anyone has
achieved building a bike for under a ton that they would actually ride
in a public place?! due to hard times i figure now is a good time to try!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:04 pm 
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it's always hard to judge how much something cost - what if you use something you've had lying around for a while - does that count as £0 or how much it cost all that time ago?

easier if you start from complete scratch of course, but how many of us do that?

tough question!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:13 pm 
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i was working from bits you have lying around really and anything
you have to buy goes toward price?
i.e frame £5
wheels (already owned)
stem (already owned)
bars (owned)
forks £30
crank (free)
pedals £12
shifter (owned)
Brakes £15
rear mech (owned)
grips £10
saddle £10
and thats about where i am at the mo :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:15 pm 
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in which case then yes, but most of the parts I already had :D


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:42 pm 
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I've bought several full bikes for under £100, a couple of them were very rideable with little more than a new cable or two.

Starting from scratch would be harder, but doable - especially singlespeed.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:46 pm 
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I hope so...

So far, XT thumbies £0!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:21 pm 
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well this is as far as ive got and tho not exactly desirable i would
take it on a ride anytime ( it now has pedals and full set of v brakes)
it rides beautifully just needs a few finishing touches


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My Karakoram only cost me £60 and I'm happy to be seen in public with it.

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I reckon that complete bikes are often much better value for money but you lose out on the fun and frustration of building up from scratch.
The worst part is deciding to build a bike based on a limited collection of old parts you already have. That's when it can get expensive.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:14 pm 
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i agree and that is a good looking gt id be happy too :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:58 pm 
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wow nice bikes for under a ton, im gonna be attempting this challenge soon, got frame £35, cranks + pedals £15, and handlebars £5 so far...

watch this retro space :lol:


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