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Old 07-13-17, 09:56 PM   #1
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Refurb a hybrid on the cheap

A buddy of mine is moving out of state and asked me if i wanted his old bike frame because he doesn't want to bother packing it up. Its a 2011 Trek 7.1 FX and only has the frame and drive train.
2011 7.1 FX - Bike Archive - Trek Bicycle

I have most of the smaller parts from various upgrades and swaps I've saved from over the years but I would need to get a fork and rims.

With all that said, I want to do this as cheap as possible. I have a Giant Escape 1 I use for longer rides and an old 02 Trek 820 I converted to a city commuter so this would be a third bike I really don't "need" but it feels like a good summer project. Preferably I'd like to keep it at around $100 maybe 150 so used parts are fine but I'd like to not get too invested in something I wouldn't really consider a bike I would rely on.

So my question for the board is what are my best low cost options you guys would recommend. Most of the work I've done on bikes is limited to BMX when i was a kid and mountain bikes so I may need some clarification on things that fall outside of those areas.
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cool project. cheap is my middle name.
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craigslist craigslist craigslist. I'd probably look at full bikes that have compatible wheels you could transfer.
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You can often find forks, wheels, and miscellaneous parts at your local bike co-op/recycler. But, they often want more than they're really worth.

I agree with Abe_Froman. If your goal is CHEAP, then you're better off finding a good donor bike on Craigslist, or perhaps at local thrift stores. Then merge the two bikes to obtain the desired results.
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Craigslist, and Pinkbike is a good place to look as well.
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I'd like to maintain the original geometry or preferrably make it more of a comfort bike so fork sizing/length is a big factor. What should i be looking at apart from it being made for 700c rims.

Additionally the frame uses a pretty wide rear hub, much wider than a standard mountain bike 26" wheel. Anyone have a clue what width this uses? And if i go for a new rear rim/cassette what is the most affordable option.
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Be more specific: what drivetrain parts are present, what parts do you need? Wheels? Seat/post? Brakes/levers? Bars/stem?
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Get a donor bike, then ride the donor bike. Give the FX to the co-op
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Be more specific: what drivetrain parts are present, what parts do you need? Wheels? Seat/post? Brakes/levers? Bars/stem?

I was given the frame, derailleurs, and Shimano M131 crank. The bottom bracket bearings are fine.

I have shifters, stems, brakes, seat post, saddle, pedals, and bars that will fit it that I've accumulated over the years from other bikes i have owned and upgraded.

I need a fork and rims/cassette

Chain and tires I will buy new.

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Get a donor bike, then ride the donor bike. Give the FX to the co-op
Totally defeats the purpose of a hobby project. And I have two other bikes i use as i noted above.

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By 'rims', I assume you mean entire wheels (rims laced to hubs with spokes, plus tires and tubes)?

Your best option is if you live near a co-op, they'll have all kinds of cheap parts. Next best is if you have an active craigslist in your area.

Beyond that, I would amend Darth Lefty's advice to: Get a donor bike, take parts off the donor bike to finish off your project, and give the rest of the cannibalized donor bike to a co-op (or try to flip it on CL)

If you post your area, maybe readers of this thread will go look in your local CL and suggest good donor bike candidates
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Get a donor bike, then ride the donor bike. Give the FX to the co-op
or just pass cuz he doesn't need the bike
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Totally defeats the purpose of a hobby project.
That would be like having a project Camry
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That would be like having a project Camry
huh? my kids are inheriting my Dad's '94 Camry this weekend
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