Hey guys, just came to say hi and show off my new project a little . My buddy got a road bike last fall and loved it so I decided I should get one too. Most on Craigslist seem to be $100 minimum and I have kind of a hard time paying that much for a bike that is going to need a bunch of money and TLC anyway. Then this guy came along:
It had been sitting out in front of my dorm since I moved in last fall, never once moved even as it disappeared into the snow bank. As I began seriously looking for a bike around a month ago a buddy suggeseted I just grab that and rebuild it. I am a car guy and I love tinkering and fixing things so I thought it would suit me well. As you can see, it was in pretty tough shape... super rusty chain and cog, bent front fork, no front wheel, bent handlebar, and everything else was starting to rust or tarnish.
I decided I would do this build as cheaply as possible. My buddy's sweet old Peugeot was about $50 including what he paid for it from a thrift shop to get it running, beating him was my unofficial goal. So I stripped it down and sanded it for paint.
I decided on flat black because A) a couple coats of black primer is cheaper than priming, painting, and clearing for a nice glossy finish and B) I hope that flat black makes it look less appealing to theives. I guess I like the look of flat black too . So last Saturday I took it to this awesome nonprofit volunteer run used parts bike store/workshop to get 'er together. I got a new fork, chain, and front wheel/tire there, hit it with a couple coats of Rustoleum black primer, and started assembly. I only had an hour to straighten the rear wheel (didnt go well) and assemble it, so I only got the wheels, front brake, fork, and handlebar on. I was working on the chain when they closed, since I didnt get the derailleurs on I was just rigging it up as a ghetto single speed. They let me stay a few minutes to get the chain on and I rode it home after that. Here she is when I got home:
Monday was an amazing day here in Minneapolis so my buddy and I just sat out in the sun... we had every intention of doing some homework, but that wasnt going to happen so he did some carving while I polished some parts of my bike. I got the front wheel and front brake assembly and lever deal all shined up. I also got a new handlebar from his roommate. Last night I polished up and mounted the rear brake and lever, but since the back wheel is so bent its not adjusted to actually do anything. I still have to lengthen the chain, mount up the derailleurs, rebuild the hub (?) on the back wheel, and do something about the bottom bracket, but it works fine enough for now!
So here's my list of money spent:
Bike - free
Fork, from a mid-late 70's Schwinn (pretty sure anyway) - $5
Front wheel and tire - $5
Length of chain - $5
Handlebar - free
1/2 can of spray paint - $2.50
Labor, about 15 hours - free
TOTAL - $17.50!
So I am definately pumped about how economical this thing will be... I figured just biking back and forth from my primary job this summer will save me around $150 or so, assuming gas stays at the rediculous price of ~$3.50. I'll have the thing paid for in 2 weeks! I dont have a lot to spend either, hopefully all the hub and bottom bracket will need is some grease, I'll get a new seat and pedals off my mountain bike back home, and the extra chain wont cost much money. It'll most likely be done for $20 right on the head!
This will be a pretty all purpose bike for now... going to work/friends houses/etc, exercise, leisure, and even a triathalon in August. Eventually though (maybe next winter) I plan to pick up an old Schwinn Paramount to do up nice. That one will get nice components and be used for training, races/triathalons, and leisure, but I will keep the World Sport possibly as a fixie for commuting. Oh I plan to do the Paramount just as I did the World Sport... flat black and polished except I will repaint the "Schwinn Paramount" on the down pipe in white or light grey.
So what to do you guys think? Anyone else have any low budget builds going on? Sorry about the novel, since freshmen writing I tend to get a bit long winded.
EDIT: I will post some new pictures this weekend when I get the derailleurs shined/mounted up and get it as done as it will get here in the cities.