Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Bristol, UK
Bikes: Royal Enfield Revelation, Dawes Kingpin
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A Dawes Kingpin is an alternative to an R20. They are slightly better quality and have more standardised parts. Might be harder to find one though.
I tend to buy bikes on Ebay here in the UK and find a good way to get bargains is to look for posts with bad pictures (bike shown with flat tyres etc) and rely on your ability to fix minor faults. See whats available and what catches your eye, google the bikes name and find out about it then bid a small amount of money for it and see.
This is my most recent purchase (note the flat tyres in the pic and pile of bikes indicating lack of bike care) and cost me £6 which is somewhere around $10. It looks a state in the picture but to actually get it running all I needed was tyres, inner tubes, seat post and saddle and a small part for the sturmey archer rear hub which cost me £0.95.
If you want to keep repairs and upgrades down in price, a good tip with folding bikes is that parents don't like buying 2nd hand bikes for their kids so you can get parts from a kids bike you buy on ebay and its a buyers market. £2 can get you a complete set of brake blocks, wheels, tyres.... basically everything except a frame and cranks.
Last edited by Russcoles11; 10-06-10 at 02:51 PM.