DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Consumable parts: cables, tires, that kind of stuff: Niagara Cycle.
Vintage parts: vintage derailleurs, cranksets, etc: donor bike.
Donor bike = find a similar bike of similar vintage, at an attractive price, and harvest the parts. I commonly pick up donor bikes anywhere from $5 to $30 for the vintage stuff. A typical donor bike will have some serious flaws: rust, frame damage, etc. Such flaws make the bike a bad choice as a rider, but a terrific choice as a donor. I bought a craptastic Huffy ten speed for $2 at a church sale, used the handlebars, grips,brake levers, stem, and saddle on a bike I was building up. Still have the shift levers too. The rest of it is junk, but for $2?