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    Beaters

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    Couldn't find a thread directly related to beaters. You know, those cheap bikes/builds that have taken you miles and expect nothing in return. Here's mine. Ebay Equipe frame/fork for $79. No name wheels with tubes and tires for just over $100. Almost everything Nashbar - bars, stem, brakes, saddle and pedals. No name crank and seatpost. Bags from China. Spent too much on bar wrap. I love it, fits great, and it owes me nothing.
    Probably could have bought cheaper but what fun is that?
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    Sheez ... that looks pretty nice for a beater!
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    Beeters like that trump Wally bikes every time.
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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    What more is there to say?

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    Q. What makes a beater a beater?

    A. When the photo is not taken in front of a white garage door. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but no one ever takes pictures of a beater in front of a white garage door. Maybe there's a shame factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Q. What makes a beater a beater?

    A. When the photo is not taken in front of a white garage door. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but no one ever takes pictures of a beater in front of a white garage door. Maybe there's a shame factor.
    Mine was taken in front of a white wall. I don't have a garage door. I don't have a garage. The idea of this thread is to release the guilt of having a beater. There's no shame there.
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    The Pinnie was bought for a reason and that is to save the good bikes from wearing out too fast. In that way it does its job but gets used on most trips unless security or the rack is needed on this one.

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    I don't have a white garage door to take pics... My garage door is medium brown. I guess I'll have to refrain from posting pics of any bikes, eh?

    Beater bike? I've got a bunch that I've literally garbage-picked. All I've done is put tires/tubes on them to make them rideable. My favorite is 'Ugly'; the '91 Schwinn Woodlands. Funky green w/ web-like 'splatter' paint, rusty racks front and rear... I've got a much better condition Huffy MTB off someones garbage pile, too. Then there's the Sears women's 3-speed in like-new condition that I admit I paid $35 for... Oh, and the brand-new Schwinn women's 12-spd fendered hybrid I got for the wife that she's ridden a grand total of twice in 25 years...

    What makes a 'beater' to me? One I'll literally 'ride hard and put away wet' - as in rides to the corner store for brewski when it is raining. Ugly has spent days out in the rain at the dragstrip at multi-day events and never dried off. Do I care? No. It doesn't owe me a thing, although the seat is pretty much trash now... I might have to break down and get another one - from another garbage-picked bike!

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    Ive only had beaters for commuters. Luv beaters

    My current bike is not a beatified yet, but Im working on it

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    Nothing wrong with a good beater. Been thinking about building one up myself, for those times when I want to ride to the local library, etc. Boston area messengers, like most messengers,
    ride what are actually decent bikes that they have "Beaterized", in an effort to defeat thieves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
    Nice
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    1993 (I think) raleigh c-30 I saved from the junk pile years ago I had to buy a rear wheel upgraded the shifters Only thing new I bought was the rear wheel and tires/tubes everything else was good used take offs from the local bikeshop . I was my main bike till this year It only got replaced because I found unbelievable deals on 2 surlys this year I rode it 3 miles tonight
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    Quote Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
    I traded a bunch of old gas powered lawn stuff for this! The guy said that he had an old Bennoto! He showed up with this Cannondale 3.0! Someone had blacked all of the chrome out! They rattle canned around the decals! Everything was badly adjusted! Took it apart and put it back together! I got lucky with the bearings and all! It's like an old beat Mustang GT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
    I traded a bunch of old gas powered lawn stuff for this! The guy said that he had an old Bennoto! He showed up with this Cannondale 3.0! Someone had blacked all of the chrome out! They rattle canned around the decals! Everything was badly adjusted! Took it apart and put it back together! I got lucky with the bearings and all! It's like an old beat Mustang GT!
    Mine was built with a bunch of leftover parts that I bought by mistake for a more expensive build. I decided that those parts were too good for a beater and took them off and bought cheaper parts for it. Always intended to be a beater and now I have such karma with this bike it's like my favorite dog.
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    Depending on if I want cargo or speed either of those are my beaters. Neither owes me more than $300

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    Quote Originally Posted by plumberroy View Post
    1993 (I think) raleigh c-30 I saved from the junk pile years ago I had to buy a rear wheel upgraded the shifters Only thing new I bought was the rear wheel and tires/tubes everything else was good used take offs from the local bikeshop . I was my main bike till this year It only got replaced because I found unbelievable deals on 2 surlys this year I rode it 3 miles tonight
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    You ride it with the chain like that ?!?!?
    That is awesome !!!!! Take that elite'ards

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    Quote Originally Posted by -=(8)=- View Post
    You ride it with the chain like that ?!?!?
    That is awesome !!!!! Take that elite'ards
    The chain looks worse than it is it has no wear to amount to and is free it gets a shot of peni-lube every now and then . As long as it works right, I figure the rougher it looks the less likely some one will take it. I rode it home from the store 4-5 years ago with 2 cases of power-ade on the back I weigh a little over 300#
    It is actually a chro moly steel frame . I was offered a reasonable offer for it at a local shop. But it has served me well and there are places I wouldn't feel comfortable with my steamroller or long haul trucker out of sight where I want to go hopefully theives won't realize it is actually a decent bike and leave it alone
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfast View Post
    Mine was taken in front of a white wall. I don't have a garage door. I don't have a garage. The idea of this thread is to release the guilt of having a beater. There's no shame there.
    No guilt here for having a beater. I have al least $8000 worth of bikes in my garage, but the one I grab most often is a mid-80s steel Trek tourer I bought for $100 at a garage sale 10 years ago and converted to single speed with a $14 BMX freewheel. I can't say it's the bike I'd keep if I could only keep one, but if I could keep two, it would be one of them.

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    I use beaters at work (outdoor concert production) all summer long. They're great for getting around the fields and skipping out for lunch. I'm still using one that I pulled from the garbage three years ago, and all I did was pump up the tires. None have ever disappeared, but if one did, there'd be absolutely no trauma!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Q. What makes a beater a beater?

    A. When the photo is not taken in front of a white garage door. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but no one ever takes pictures of a beater in front of a white garage door. Maybe there's a shame factor.
    If it were carefully parked it in front of a garage door to take it's picture, it would be posed. A beater can't be a poseur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Q. What makes a beater a beater?

    A. When the photo is not taken in front of a white garage door. I'm not sure exactly why that is, but no one ever takes pictures of a beater in front of a white garage door. Maybe there's a shame factor.
    I dont have a white garage door so I improvised

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    Quote Originally Posted by catonec View Post
    If those are beaters I'll eat my rim strips. I have a Kestrel Talon SL that's only taken out on special occasions.
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    I guess I was saying if you dont have a garage door there are other options to take a quality pic. These are not beaters in my eye either.
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