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    Building a new bike from frame & fork.

    I have a trek 1420 frame fork set and want to build it with out spending a grip.
    Any suggestions where to get the part and if i should get a package or by piece?
    Should I attempt to do it myself?

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    Define 'spending a grip'? (i've never heard that expression)

    Building a bike up from parts is not usually cheap unless you are extremely patient or if you already have a decent number of spare parts in your possession.

    The main benefit of building up a bike is the satisfaction of doing it, and the ability to have every part to your own specification.

    The cheapest way to do it is probably to buy a new mid-range bike online, like a Motobecane, strip off the parts, and sell the frame. I haven't heard of anyone actually doing this though, but it would be cheap. For example, buy this: http://bikesdirect.com/products/moto...rage_pro07.htm

    Then transfer all the parts you can to the old frame. Seatpost, headset, stem and BB may still not work, so you may have to find replacements.

    Then sell the frame on eBay for $80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robo
    Define 'spending a grip'? (i've never heard that expression)

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=grip

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    Hmm.. so the OP wants to build up this frame for less than $10,000? (according to your link )

    I can help him with that. Just send me the frame, and $9,999, and i'll build it up, and mail it back, free shipping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robo
    Define 'spending a grip'? (i've never heard that expression)

    Building a bike up from parts is not usually cheap unless you are extremely patient or if you already have a decent number of spare parts in your possession.

    The main benefit of building up a bike is the satisfaction of doing it, and the ability to have every part to your own specification.

    The cheapest way to do it is probably to buy a new mid-range bike online, like a Motobecane, strip off the parts, and sell the frame. I haven't heard of anyone actually doing this though, but it would be cheap. For example, buy this: http://bikesdirect.com/products/moto...rage_pro07.htm

    Then transfer all the parts you can to the old frame. Seatpost, headset, stem and BB may still not work, so you may have to find replacements.

    Then sell the frame on eBay for $80.
    +1.

    Bicycle manufacturers buy components in bulk without the consumer packaging, marketing and shipping costs. They pay a lot less for components than you do.

    I like to build my own wheels and I can buy components for wholesale prices. Do you want to know what's the cheapest way for me to buy wheel components? It's cheaper for me to buy a prebuilt internet wheelset at retail to take apart and reuse the components than it is for me to buy the individual component parts at wholesale.

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    I also have a Trek 1420 bought new in '92. It was one of Trek's oversize bonded Al frames and that frame type was made for only one or two more years so you have a frame at least 13 years old. They were good bikes and if you are the original owner, and can prove it, Trek has a lifetime warranty on them. That's good because some of them had joint bond failures. So far in 20,000 miles mine has been fine but age will take it's toll.

    Mine came with a mix of 7-speed 105 and Deore DX (yes, DX) parts with a triple crank and indexed down tube shifters. The rear dropouts were spaced 128 mm so either a 7-speed (126 mm) or 8/9/10-speed (130 mm) rear hub will fit.

    I've upgraded mine to 8-speed STI shifters and replaced other parts as I went along. However (and this is a BIG However), I had a lot of parts that were take-offs from other bikes or cherry-picked at close out prices from some LBSs or mailorder suppliers. I would never consider upgrading a frame of this age and construction if I had to buy new parts. The cost would way exceed the value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robo
    Hmm.. so the OP wants to build up this frame for less than $10,000? (according to your link )

    I can help him with that. Just send me the frame, and $9,999, and i'll build it up, and mail it back, free shipping!
    Hey, I don't make the definitions, I just find them. Though I believe OP intention was closer to one of the first three.

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    Since you're young - is this to be a geared bike or SS/fixie?

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