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    Senior Member kenshinvt's Avatar
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    Best place for cheap chainrings/freewheels?

    I have an early 90s cannondale touring bike that I need to replace the freewheel and the chainrings on. I use this as my commuter so I would like to keep purchases for it on the cheap. I'm not concerned about brand or weight, just price (and it should be at least marginally durable).

    I'm looking for a roughly 13-30 range 7 spd freewheel, two 110bcd rings around 40t & 50t, and a 74bcd ring around 30t.

    So far I've found freewheels in the range of $10-15 that would work (nashbar/performance) but haven't had much luck with inexpensive chainrings. The chainrings all seem to be in the range of $20+ per ring. At that price, I might as well get a cheap square tapered crankset in the $50-60 range.

    I've looked through some ebay listings, jensonUSA, nashbar, performance, and pricepoint with no luck. Does anyone have any good suggestions for other sources? Or is this price pretty much what I should expect for chainrings and instead consider the crankset option? Thanks!!

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    Call me The Breeze I_bRAD's Avatar
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    You can get the TY33 shimano crankset (48-38-28, steel rings with plastic chainguard) for about 25 bucks from your LBS.

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    Senior Member kenshinvt's Avatar
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    thanks for the suggestion.. I guess with that one I would just have to check for any chainline issues as that one is spec'ed for 122.5mm spindle length bottom brackets which results in a 47.5mm chainline.

    Is there really no source for cheap replacement chainrings though? I'd really like to keep the nicer Sakae crank that's on there...

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    Cries on hills supton's Avatar
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    Hit up craigslist, maybe you can find a junker bike with 110 bcd that would work for you. A fair number of hardly used bikes go on there for little money.
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