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    rugged individualist wphamilton's Avatar
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    Budget Bike Build - Nashbar

    OK I know it's not "hot" nor particularly exciting, but I haven't seen many budget builds on the Nashbar Aluminum Road frame so for your amusement, here it is. It's the basic road frame, Nashbar carbon fork with Origin 8 Pro headset, which amounts to a $188 frameset, weighing 2300 grams if you're curious about that. The total build is about $350 plus shipping and tax. It weighs a little over 20 pounds.



    It has a Sunlite single-speed 44x170 Crankset - probably where I cheaped out the most - and Shimano Sora calipers and Shimano 2300 RD or will when Amazon gets around to shipping. Since the sharp-eyed reader has probably already noticed my oops on the downtube shifters I'll mention that the frame does have braze-ons but I was too cheap to order braze-on shifters and had to jury-rig the clamp. Rookie mistake.

    The wheels are from another bike, and the saddle, seatpost and pedals I scrounged up. The result - so far it feels great, but I'll only really know after a few longer rides.
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    Cool. It's fun to build up bikes from old parts. Looks like you've put together a very nice low priced but great performing bike.

    Are those shifters friction only? It's hard to tell from the pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    Cool. It's fun to build up bikes from old parts. Looks like you've put together a very nice low priced but great performing bike.

    Are those shifters friction only? It's hard to tell from the pic.
    Good, that means you can't really see what I did with the clamp. They are Sunrace 7-speed shifters, the rear shifter is indexed and the front shifter (I'm not using) is friction. I'll eventually put a proper braze-on shifter on the boss.

    The main thing I'm really concerned about is how well will the crank will hold up. $18 low end crank set. The rest is pretty solid.

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    Are you planning to add a rear brake caliper?

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    That is pretty cool. Now all you need is a Trek sticker for the down tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post
    Are you planning to add a rear brake caliper?
    Yes. I seriously considered skipping it - nothing is off the table - but I think it's not really optional for safety's sake. Just not real urgent.

    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    That is pretty cool. Now all you need is a Trek sticker for the down tube.
    Thanks. The frame comes with two decals that say "Frame" with an accent over the e. At first I thought it was kind of a joke, but I vaguely recall from somewhere that Nashbar is serious about it as branding or trademark. I'm skeptical about trademarking "frame" though ... would you use the decals?

    I need to take a decent picture in daylight. This one doesn't do justice to the paint job which actually looks pretty nice.

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    I like that bike the way it is. Keep it bare. There's a sound argument for adding a rear brake caliper, sure, but a single functional front brake is better than what a lot of bikes have.

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    Looks a lot like an 'old' Klein frame

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...S/exercise.png

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    Nice build.
    My son has been on those cheap Nashbar frames for several years. I built a 51cm frame up with mostly used parts when it was almost too big for him and modified it so he could ride it until it was definitely too small for him. For Christmas I transferred some of the same parts, some other used parts and a few new ones to the same frame in 58cm and he's loving it. I'm amazed how well designed and built the frames are for so little $.
    I love the generic look. Did not use the decals either time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Nice build.
    My son has been on those cheap Nashbar frames for several years. I built a 51cm frame up with mostly used parts when it was almost too big for him and modified it so he could ride it until it was definitely too small for him. For Christmas I transferred some of the same parts, some other used parts and a few new ones to the same frame in 58cm and he's loving it. I'm amazed how well designed and built the frames are for so little $.
    I love the generic look. Did not use the decals either time.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...hlight=nashbar
    Now that's a nice bike you built. The frame is better than I expected. The internet scuttlebut is that it's taller than people expect and/or with a shorter top tube so I got a notch smaller and a 120mm stem. Somehow the guesswork seems to have worked and it fits fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    would you use the decals?
    I saw a picture of a build that used a decal that simply said "BIKE". Thats what I would use

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    Since I don't have a "Bike" decal I'll follow the consensus and leave it bare

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    BIKE with a UPC label

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    Nice look to it and for a budget bike- looks even better.

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    You could always cut up the decal and have an "efram" frame.

    Or a mearf, Farme, maFer, remaF, etc. etc.

    One of the local advocacy groups had a bike sticker that had the tag "Cycling for a better environment." I cut that one up and stuck it on the bike as "Cycling for a beer."

    L.

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