I am making my own custom touring folder and I need a base to start from for cheap. Here's what I am after:
- Must be steel(hi-ten) or cro-mo.
- Must be able to accept front derailleur.
- Must be cheap, around $200 for just a frame or bike with crap components that I would strip or $500 with some usable parts.
- Used is fine I just need to know what to look for that can have a large gear range.
Some of the Dahons look nice but in my price range they don't seem to be able to accommodate front derailleurs. I have found some great aluminum folders but I do not trust aluminum for touring (already had issues on another bike).
I have a Raleigh Twenty frame but the amount of time required to turn this into what I want may not be worth it.
EDIT: Hmm seems something like this would solve the Dahon front derailleur mounting issue...but I don't see anywhere to buy one. Of course I could braze on a braze on but then I might as well convert my Twenty frame. Can't seem to find this Thor adapter talked about in various places.