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Old 11-25-04, 02:29 PM   #1
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Rebuilding old bike

Well, I am looking for a new road bike. I have roughly a $600 budget, and I have two options:

1. Buy a new bike. I am looking at a KHS Flite 300 or Fuji Finest at this price.

2. Rebuild my old road bike. I have my grandfather's Cromoly Shogun bike. It needs new tires, probably new wheels, new shifters, new brake levers, new chainrings, new hub, new front and rear deralleurs, pretty much new component set. The frame and the headset+fork is still good, but not much else...

Which would be cheaper?
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Old 11-25-04, 04:34 PM   #2
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I'd say you're better off buying a new bike. You'll be able to start from scratch with all new components and tweak any that you wish to replace later on. However if you decide to go the other route, you might run over budget, but you'll have better quality components...which isn't really a concern if all you are using the bicycle for is commuting.
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Old 11-26-04, 08:55 AM   #3
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Well, I am looking for a new road bike. I have roughly a $600 budget,


2. Rebuild my old road bike. I have my grandfather's Cromoly Shogun bike. It needs new tires, probably new wheels, new shifters, new brake levers, new chainrings, new hub, new front and rear deralleurs, pretty much new component set. The frame and the headset+fork is still good, but not much else...

Which would be cheaper?
This isn't a question of just money. The base question is
which would serve your needs better. It's entirely possible
that few dollars spent on tires,a bath,grease & oil and just
general service could put you on all the bike you need. There
is a good chance that unless you do at least try the Shogun
you'll waste money on a bike that will not be measureably
better.....just different.
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Buy the tools you need to disassemble the Shogun, all the way. If it fastens, remove it. Clean and re-grease, add chain, cables, wheels, tubes and tires. Then determing, upon re-assembly, precisely which major components need replacing. I'd bet brake levers, and not much else, unless it's got a TON of miles.

Total should be well under $300. Knowing now what I didn't know then, this is what I'd do.

And then, after all this, you could bring home any bargain find and have another bike for cheap, and with work, it'd be like new. Good experience.
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You can get real cheap NOS parts on Ebay. And then we are talking old but good stuff. For example Shimano Ultegra, 10 years old but never put on a bike. Wonderful stuff for no money at all.
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Rebuilding an older bike can be alot of fun. However, it can cost a few bucks too. I'm almost done rebuilding my old 1983 univega.....my first road bike. I have other bikes, and yes for what I've spent on upgrading this one (wheels, tires, brakes, shifters, stem, seat, bottom bracket, freewheel, crankset, pedals, chain) I could have bought another brand new one. But..... I'm sentimental over this frame. I'm in love with the vibrant blue color, and when I ride it, the greatest memories come back....I'll probably keep it forever. So ask yourself, are you sentimental over the frame? If so, upgrading with newer parts is a great experience.
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Which would be cheaper?
Wrong question. You've already got a budget in mind. Whichever way you go, you'll find a way to spend it all believe me. The question that you should be asking is: "Which would be the smarter way to spend my $600.00?"

How does the Shogun fit? You wouldn't wear your grandfather's shoes if they were the wrong size, what makes you think that your grandfather's bike should be any different?
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