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    Senior Member BikeArkansas's Avatar
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    Frankenstein bike

    Since losing my bike to a thief I turned to my "spinning class" bike to become my road bike. I think it qualifies as a true "Frankenstein" bike. I bought the frame, fork and seat post on E-bay a couple years ago for just over $300.00. It is a 2006 Specialized S-Works Tarmac Matrix - 60 CM. This is the frame that Specialized had that is part E-5 aluminum and part Carbon fiber. The parts are listed below. Most came from E-bay and some came from my brother's collection of parts.
    Stem - Felt ST-27 - E-Bay
    Handlebar - Bontrager Race Lite - E-Bay
    Handlebar tape - I have no idea what it is.
    Water bottle holders - came off a bike I crashed a couple years ago.
    Seat bag - found in a box of bike parts I have.
    Seat - Selle Italia - Model is worn off so I cannot read. Came with a used bike I bought 5 years ago.
    Speedometer - Cateye Wireless I just bought and installed.
    Pedals - an old set of Ultegra pedals that came off an older bike. Thought they were worn out then.
    Shifters - 9 speed Dura-Ace 7700. These were in my brother's shop. Got them in trade for a bike part to be named later.
    Crankset - Shimano FC-R700. This is a crankset that is not part of a Shimano group. Not sure why I had the set. 50/34
    Cassette - 12-27 9-speed from E-Bay
    FD - A new Ultegra front derailluer
    RD - Dura-Ace 9-speed from E-Bay
    Brakes - Shimano 105 - Not sure how they arrived.
    Cables - Found in my brother's shop.
    Wheels - A brand new purchase. Stan's No Tubes - Alpha 340 ztr
    Tires - A set of Maxis Pardrone - bought with the wheels.

    The wheels and tires cost more than the rest of the bike.

    I believe this qualifies as a "Frankenstein" bike. And has qualfied as a lot of fun to put together.
    I started riding my bike to get healthy. Now I try to stay healthy so I can ride my bike.

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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    Everyone needs a "Frankenstein" bike. I've been known to build a complete bike just because I had a few spare parts that needed a home.
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    If you ever want to build up another bike, I have a couple frames and 7800 groups sitting around. I just haven't been very aggressive in selling them but my wife keeps asking when they will get out of the house. lol
    FS: Shimano DA 7900 brake calipers, DA 7900 Crankset 50/34 175mm and BB

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    Pictures?

    Building bikes that way is one of my favorite things. The bike I'm riding home from work today has parts on it that have previously been used on or came originally on four different bikes - along with a new frame and a few new parts. Building this one led to another one being transformed into a SS/fixed gear bike using parts I already had. I just came across an old lugged steel frame in my size that will, I'm sure cause orphaned parts to emerge from storage and others to be collected until yet another bike appears.
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    Senior Member BikeArkansas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
    If you ever want to build up another bike, I have a couple frames and 7800 groups sitting around. I just haven't been very aggressive in selling them but my wife keeps asking when they will get out of the house. lol
    Very Tempting. I like 7800 because of the cable routing and the solid feel of a shift.
    I started riding my bike to get healthy. Now I try to stay healthy so I can ride my bike.

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    You guys don't know the meaning of 'Frankenbike.' You think that putting a bunch of used parts on a frame qualifies. All bikes, even new ones, are a mixture of components attached to a frame. To me, a Frankenbike is when you piece together frames to come up with something.

    THIS is a Frankenbike.



    Mountain bike fork, frame is from two old dept store bikes plus a few odd pieces of chromoly, recumbent seat off a lowracer, and handlebars that are self-bent from 7/8" aluminum tubing.

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    Good to see you getting ready to roll again, BA!!!
    Been chatting to a 14 year old girl online. She's funny, sexy and flirty. Now she tells me she is an undercover cop! How cool is that at her age!?

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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    You guys don't know the meaning of 'Frankenbike.' You think that putting a bunch of used parts on a frame qualifies. All bikes, even new ones, are a mixture of components attached to a frame. To me, a Frankenbike is when you piece together frames to come up with something.

    THIS is a Frankenbike.



    Mountain bike fork, frame is from two old dept store bikes plus a few odd pieces of chromoly, recumbent seat off a lowracer, and handlebars that are self-bent from 7/8" aluminum tubing.
    You got me there.

    But putting a mountain bike crankset, a road front derailleur & a MTB rear derailleur, touring wheels, 29er tires, brifters and drop bars together on one bike is enough of a Frankenstein for me.

    Last edited by Barrettscv; 05-16-12 at 09:39 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    Everyone needs a "Frankenstein" bike. I've been known to build a complete bike just because I had a few spare parts that needed a home.
    This past winter a grandson and I put together a road bike from our family parts inventory. I'm thinking the only things bought new were tires and handlebar tape. I made the 11 year old grandson do most of the work. It was fun.

    My son picked up that bike on Sunday. He needed it because my granddaughter's kiddie cart won't connect very well to his carbon fiber Felt. Afterward Mrs. Grouch, myself, and my son's family all went on a short multi-generational Mother's Day bike ride. That was fun too.

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    Good to hear you are back on the road BA. I hope your new steed provides you with much pleasure.

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    Sounds like a great project. Glad you are recovering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    You guys don't know the meaning of 'Frankenbike.'
    I don't know about that. I once took a Huffy frame and gave it all Peugeot components. That was pretty unnatural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    You guys don't know the meaning of 'Frankenbike.'
    I don't know about that. This is what I made in 2005 from an early 90s Giant Rincon rigid MTB. My first attempt to build a bike for dirt roads. That crankset is now on my monstercross bike. Kind of completes the circle.


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