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    My commuting/Beater bike frame is asking to be retired...

    So it finally happened. I found a fatal wound in my faithful old beater bike. The Bottom bracket mounting point has a split running the full width of the threading. Its solid and shows no sign of movement, and the bike still rides smooth as ever so I'm going to ride her until the BB fails. On top of this the front shock is so old its a pogo stick, the rear derailer mounting point is stripped so the derailler is riding on the wheel axle with a shortened chain to make up for the positioning. It all rides great, but once that bottom bracket goes it all over.

    I could...

    1) Source a new frame from somewhere: I have a source for a good second hand shock for $40 with a brand new v brake assembly on it. With a new frame (preferably second hand aluminium mtb) I would only need a longer chain, new bb, and transfer the rest of the parts. The gears are 21 speed shimano indexed and work great. The front has been modded with a 48t large chain ring and she rides super smooth even with 30kg of kid or stuff on the back. I think with $150-$200 worth of parts I could bring her back to life (and get the frame a little larger so it fits better)

    2) Buy a new low-mid range bike and just transfer the rack/basket/computer/commuter tires etc to it. I think this would cost more like $400 but I'd end up with better gearing etc if I got the right bike. Thing is if I'm not careful at that sort of price I could also end up with something that rides inferior to what I have now.

    This bike is my everyday ride to work/shopping/kid carrying I don't care if someone steals it bike so I don't want it be worth all that much, or look nice enough to steal.

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    I enjoy building up my commuter/beater bikes as cheaply as possible from whatever crap I have laying around. I say look for a cheap MTB at a rummage sale or craigslist and run with that. Strip whatever components you can from your bike when it finally dies.

    Personally I'd go for a rigid fork rather than the suspension fork for a beater. Probably my favorite bike to ride is my 1995 Gary Fisher Tassajara. That bike has been through hell and back and still keeps on going. Nothing like a good rigid steel frame. Paid $20 for the thing as a basket case, not knowing what a great bike it would be.
    Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html

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    Got offered a deal of $230 for a low end MTB at the shop where I get my $800 toy serviced. Its running the lowest possible shimano 21 speed drive train and v brakes. For all intents and purposes its the same level as my old bike but with a threaded headset rather than spacers. Its running horrible offroad tires that need to switched out. The wheels are bolted on so my carriers etc will mount easily and its the right size. They also offered to let me pay next month. A rather nice gray color to match my baby seat/basket and it also comes close to the color of my real bike. Tempting...

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    What make and model? Bolt on wheels, threaded headset, sounds pretty low end. Not sure what your options are in South Korea (didn't see that right away...) but around here I'd look for a cheaper, better bike in worse shape on C/L or a similar site.

    For someone that works on their own stuff, buying a used/inexpensive bike from a shop never makes sense because the price is so high compared to what you could get elsewhere because you are mostly paying for the labor of refurbishing.
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    The picture in front of the garage is the bike about to be retired. The bike on the path is my nice toy. There is no way I'm leaving that outside of my workplace for people to steal. The other one however... I don't care. Thus, cheap is good.

    Low end Alton. Not sure of the model. The thing is QR skewers won't work with my current carrier setup. As much as I dislike having to carry a couple of wrenches in the tool kit bolts make carrying heavy loads on the back that much more secure. It comes with 36 spoke wheels which is useful when you have kids to carry on the back. I'm not that light either. Even at 14% body fat and 87kg I'm putting loads of up to 150kg on the rear wheel with kids/cargo onboard.

    Also I don't want it to be high end as the whole purpose is for people to not want to steal it. I already have a nice mtb I built up from a decent frame then sourcing good quality second hand parts. I don't mind paying a little premium to the LBS they look after me well.
    Last edited by krobinson103; 05-20-12 at 07:25 PM.

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