I am soliciting your help/advice/comments in the process of building a road bike from scratch using used (and cheap) components.
I recently acquired a 50cm Cannondale Frame with Aluminium Fork from Ebay. I have two alternate plans, 1. To buy individual components on Ebay to finish the project; or 2. Buy a complete bike on Ebay, strip it and use the parts on my cannondale frame. What do you think is a better (and cheaper) idea?
Also, I am new to this and I need to lay out a plan of detail configuration of the parts I need so that I dont end up buying something that wont fit together. How can I get this information? I mean, what size wheels will fit my frame, do certain deraileurs fit only certain cogs/freewheels/wheels? What size handlebar should I get, what kind of chainring will fit my frame? Questions like these have been haunting me lately. May be someone here could help me point in the right direction.
Also, how much should I expect to spend on all the remaining components? The cannondale frame cost me $172 and its in great shape. I wouldnt like to spend something like $400 on components because then I can just buy a Trek 1000 for $50 more.
Thanks so much for taking time to read this.