Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Hybrid Bicycles Where else would you go to discuss these fun, versatile bikes?

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-29-09, 05:44 PM   #1
ddac
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 95
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Help!!! My bike got stripped!

...

Last edited by ddac; 08-22-09 at 09:40 PM.
ddac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 05:48 PM   #2
Rob P.
Fred at large
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Roads of Ventura County Ca
Bikes:
Posts: 640
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hunt ebay for used components under $5 and you might make your budget. Otherwise you're not going to rebuild that frame for $150.
Rob P. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 05:48 PM   #3
darkhand
random idiot
 
darkhand's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: TX
Bikes:
Posts: 107
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ddac View Post




Now, my buddy is pretty pissed off. He asked if I could try to help him put the bike back together for under $150. If not, he's going to sell the frame/fork/brakes for $100 and just give up on riding in the city.

Do you think the $150 budget is reasonable?
good luck
darkhand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 05:51 PM   #4
Enthalpic
Killing Rabbits
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,168
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 29 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ddac View Post

Do you think the $150 budget is reasonable?
No.
Enthalpic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 05:58 PM   #5
crawdaddio
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 502
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Damn that sucks. I am sorry to hear this. Effin thieves....
Don't know about the rebuild. Do you have any bike co-ops in your city? There are plenty in chicago. They usually sell used parts for dirt cheap.

Hope he gets it built up, doesn't give up, and keeps riding.
This is why one should never lock up over night.

Last edited by crawdaddio; 05-29-09 at 06:01 PM.
crawdaddio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 05:59 PM   #6
fauxto nick
Cat 3 Meter - Don't Care
 
fauxto nick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes:
Posts: 3,893
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Waste of money, and he won't get $150 for that frameset I'd bet, sorry to hear about that.
fauxto nick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 05:59 PM   #7
MountainBiker
Junior Member
 
MountainBiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Tennessee
Bikes:
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Go to Walmart and buy a $59 bike....it'll get you around and if its stolen....not much of a loss...better yet hit craigslist for a used cheapie
MountainBiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 06:09 PM   #8
danimal123
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA
Bikes: 1991 (?) Trek 1420; 2006 Trek 2100
Posts: 222
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
....unless you're the guy that stole a frame/etc. and you're trying to find out how cheaply you can build it up to make a profit selling it. Why'd you put the different seat post/stem in the photo? Doesn't make sense to me.

I may be wrong, but it might be possible.....
danimal123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 06:10 PM   #9
AlexGSU
Bikes, Biology, Breakfast
 
AlexGSU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Istanbul
Bikes: 1980s Raleigh, new Masi 1x9 commuter, newer raleigh single-speed
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Where do you live? Only way I can see that getting built up near that cheap is if you have a good co-op somewhere close...
Only other option I can think of is search craigslist/ebay for a cheap broken-down bike that is going to have enough working, compatible components on it for you to strip and use.
AlexGSU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 06:33 PM   #10
Sirrus Rider
Velocommuter Commando
 
Sirrus Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Bikes: '88 Specialized Sirrus, '89 Alpine Monitor Pass, two '70 Raligh Twenties, '07 Schwinn Town & Country Trike, '07 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid
Posts: 2,638
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ddac View Post
Ok, it's not my bike...
Ok, technically, it's not a road bike either....(it's more of a fast hybrid)

Here's the story:
Friend's bike got stripped while he left it overnight locked up outside after one drunken night. He was too hammered to ride it home, so he did the right thing and took the subway home.

Bike was locked with a Mini U-lock on the top tube (only). He also had a very long Krypto cable (not chain) to lock up his front & rear wheels to the U-lock.

After Happy Hour (1am), he decided to train it home. He looked at his bike and it was doing just fine.....little did he know that that was the last time he'll see his bike fully intact.

Next morning (this morning), he went to get the bike and found everything missing (except for the frame & fork).

Here's a picture of what's left (note: the seat post & stem are mine). I just put them on to hold up the fork in place and to make sure nothing falls into the seat tube. They even took the crappy Sora derailleur!!!! All the cables have been cut as well.






Now, my buddy is pretty pissed off. He asked if I could try to help him put the bike back together for under $150. If not, he's going to sell the frame/fork/brakes for $100 and just give up on riding in the city.

Do you think the $150 budget is reasonable?

Here's a list of everything I think I need to put it back on the road:
- Stem (size depends on handlebars)
- Handlebars
- Grips
- Brake levers
- Shift levers
- Pedals (basic toe clips)
- Tires (cheap 700c x 28) Suggestions??
- Tubes
- Saddle
- Seat post
- Brake cables & shifter cables
- Wheelset (Any suggestions? I want to put something cheaper than CXP22s on it).
- Rear derailleur (I found an old 8 speed Sora in my parts bin that he can have)
- 8 speed cassette
- Chain
- the little "L" thing for the V brakes (you know what I'm talking about, right??? The metal housing by the brake calipers that you run the brake line in. What's the proper name for that?)


Let me if I missed anything.

He wants it to be a low level bike. Nothing high end. Definitely something at or lower than Sora or Deore (to keep it within this budget). Labor will be free as I'm the one who's helping him put everything together and adjust everything.

Sigh....I don't even know where to start gathering stuff. Where can I find handlebars & shift/brake levers?

I want my friend to continue riding. He got the bike brand new in '06. Never rode it. The bike probably had 150 miles up until this year. Recently he started riding it and really enjoyed it. He even gave commuting a shot and decided he was going to do it 2 - 3x a week. After only 3 weeks of commuting (about 700 miles have been put on the bike in the last 3 months), the bike got stripped. Help me out with some tips.

Throw out brands & models for the items I need.

Thanks!
You and your friend have my sympathy; however, the lesson here still goes back to drinking responsibly. If your friend had kept it to a single beer and then gone home he's still have his bike. Alternatively, he could had called a cab and thrown the bike in the back seat and made it home that way. Or even taken it in the subway.

The Cardinal rule here is: Never leave your bike where varmints can have plenty of time undisturbed and in seclusion to gnaw parts off of it . Also, if you drink to excess unless your in a falling down condition where you can no longer propel yourself on foot or 2 wheels under you own power ALL your property goes home with you. Leaving a bike chained up unobserved for more than an hour is no different to chaining your wallet with $500 in it to a parking meter for the same amount of time.

As for restoring the bike you have nearly a vertical climb. I'd put even money that all his parts may show up on the local Craigslist or ebay in a few days. It won't be impossible, but it will be expensive and it will take much much more than $150. You're pretty much are going to go through around $400 or more if you try to do it unsupported. If you have a bike kitchen, co-op, or an exteremely sympathetic bike shop you might be able to do it for less.

Last edited by Sirrus Rider; 05-29-09 at 06:48 PM. Reason: content
Sirrus Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 06:37 PM   #11
trekker pete
pedalphile
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ellington, ct
Bikes: trek 1200, 520, Giant ATX 970, Raleigh Talon
Posts: 1,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Doing it piece by piece is doable, but, a major PITA. I would follow the above advice. Buy a cheap craigslist bike. You might get lucky and find a good bike with good components cheap, especially if it's an oddball frame size. This won't matter as the frame is pretty much the only thing that is sized ( I think) well, maybe the stem also.

If he decides to just sell it, I'm looking for a set of v brakes for a yard sale mtb I just picked up.

If he does go with a craigslist full replacement bike, I would suggest something older. I think the older stuff is probably a little less desirable to strippers.
trekker pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 06:44 PM   #12
Gambutrol
Senior Member
 
Gambutrol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dayton, OH
Bikes: 3Rensho SRA
Posts: 443
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Time out. they took the handle bars, but they screwed the faceplate back onto the stem? I don't think so.
edit: just read that the post and stem are yours. still weird, that they left the brakes when they obviously had the tools to remove them.
Gambutrol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 06:49 PM   #13
hendrick81
Senior Member
 
hendrick81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Sandy Eggo
Bikes: 2006 caad8, 2010 caad9 1, 2011 caad10 4
Posts: 2,127
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
good luck on that one...
hendrick81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 06:57 PM   #14
rufvelo
Senior Member
 
rufvelo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 4,202
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
if you want to get rolling in a reasonable period of time, probably $500. else, new hybrid for $500.
__________________
rufvelo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 07:16 PM   #15
sac02
i ride a bicycle
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1,021
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
As a super-cheapskate at times, I think it can be done for $150. But would it be worth it? Not if you value your time - finding the kinds of deals needed to stay in that budget will require hours upon hours and days and weeks or scouring eBay, craigslist, LBS $5 bins, swap meets, pawn shops... You get the idea.

So is it possible, technically yes. Reallistically no.

Mac
sac02 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 07:20 PM   #16
MrCrassic 
Senior Member
 
MrCrassic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Bikes: 2008 Giant OCR1 (with panda bear on the back!)
Posts: 3,650
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ddac View Post
Ok, it's not my bike...
Ok, technically, it's not a road bike either....(it's more of a fast hybrid)

Here's the story:
Friend's bike got stripped while he left it overnight locked up outside after one drunken night. He was too hammered to ride it home, so he did the right thing and took the subway home.

Bike was locked with a Mini U-lock on the top tube (only). He also had a very long Krypto cable (not chain) to lock up his front & rear wheels to the U-lock.

After Happy Hour (1am), he decided to train it home. He looked at his bike and it was doing just fine.....little did he know that that was the last time he'll see his bike fully intact.

Next morning (this morning), he went to get the bike and found everything missing (except for the frame & fork).

Here's a picture of what's left (note: the seat post & stem are mine). I just put them on to hold up the fork in place and to make sure nothing falls into the seat tube. They even took the crappy Sora derailleur!!!! All the cables have been cut as well.






Now, my buddy is pretty pissed off. He asked if I could try to help him put the bike back together for under $150. If not, he's going to sell the frame/fork/brakes for $100 and just give up on riding in the city.

Do you think the $150 budget is reasonable?

Here's a list of everything I think I need to put it back on the road:
- Stem (size depends on handlebars)
- Handlebars
- Grips
- Brake levers
- Shift levers
- Pedals (basic toe clips)
- Tires (cheap 700c x 28) Suggestions??
- Tubes
- Saddle
- Seat post
- Brake cables & shifter cables
- Wheelset (Any suggestions? I want to put something cheaper than CXP22s on it).
- Rear derailleur (I found an old 8 speed Sora in my parts bin that he can have)
- 8 speed cassette
- Chain
- the little "L" thing for the V brakes (you know what I'm talking about, right??? The metal housing by the brake calipers that you run the brake line in. What's the proper name for that?)


Let me if I missed anything.

He wants it to be a low level bike. Nothing high end. Definitely something at or lower than Sora or Deore (to keep it within this budget). Labor will be free as I'm the one who's helping him put everything together and adjust everything.

Sigh....I don't even know where to start gathering stuff. Where can I find handlebars & shift/brake levers?

I want my friend to continue riding. He got the bike brand new in '06. Never rode it. The bike probably had 150 miles up until this year. Recently he started riding it and really enjoyed it. He even gave commuting a shot and decided he was going to do it 2 - 3x a week. After only 3 weeks of commuting (about 700 miles have been put on the bike in the last 3 months), the bike got stripped. Help me out with some tips.

Throw out brands & models for the items I need.

Thanks!
He got robbed. (And not just the old robbin' kind.) I'm really sorry that happened to him.

He might as well buy a new bike. Building it up again will cost about as much.

When he does get that new bike, make sure he gets a real lock (like the OnGuard 4000 Bulldog lock) that's extremely hard to cut through or jimmy open. Costs a lot, but it's definitely worth it.
__________________
Ride more.

Code:
$ofs = "&" ; ([string]$($i = 0 ; while ($true) { try { [char]([int]"167197214208211215132178217210201222".substring($i,3) - 100) ; $i =
 $i+3 > catch { break >>)).replace('&','') ; $ofs=" " # Replace right angles with right curly braces
MrCrassic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 07:34 PM   #17
recursive
Geosynchronous Falconeer
 
recursive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Bikes: 2006 Raleigh Rush Hour, Campy Habanero Team Ti, Soma Double Cross
Posts: 6,312
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You can't lock your components.
__________________
Bring the pain.
recursive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 07:47 PM   #18
rufvelo
Senior Member
 
rufvelo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 4,202
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by recursive View Post
You can't lock your components.
...you can strip most of the bolts.
__________________
rufvelo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 07:49 PM   #19
Diegomayra
Too Fat for This Sport
 
Diegomayra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Northern California
Bikes: 2011 Cannondale Supersix
Posts: 697
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I dont condone stealing someone elses property, but I can only speak for myself. I would never leave my bike anywhere over night. What did you guys truly think would happen?
Irresponsible if you ask me.
Diegomayra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 07:56 PM   #20
Sirrus Rider
Velocommuter Commando
 
Sirrus Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Bikes: '88 Specialized Sirrus, '89 Alpine Monitor Pass, two '70 Raligh Twenties, '07 Schwinn Town & Country Trike, '07 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid
Posts: 2,638
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Diegomayra View Post
I dont condone stealing someone elses property, but I can only speak for myself. I would never leave my bike anywhere over night. What did you guys truly think would happen?
Irresponsible if you ask me.
Like I said. It's like chaining your wallet with $500 in it to a parking meter..
Sirrus Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-09, 08:02 PM   #21
Sirrus Rider
Velocommuter Commando
 
Sirrus Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Bikes: '88 Specialized Sirrus, '89 Alpine Monitor Pass, two '70 Raligh Twenties, '07 Schwinn Town & Country Trike, '07 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid
Posts: 2,638
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Diegomayra View Post
I dont condone stealing someone elses property, but I can only speak for myself. I would never leave my bike anywhere over night. What did you guys truly think would happen?
Irresponsible if you ask me.
The ONLYthing that would make me do the exact thing as the person who lost his bike is if I met a redheaded chick that looked like Lindsay Lohan who invited me to her place to swing from the chandelier! That *might* be worth the loss of a bike.
Sirrus Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-09, 03:52 AM   #22
Ziemas
Senior Member
 
Ziemas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Riga, Latvia
Bikes:
Posts: 10,082
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
BD has some crappy bikes for around $300.....he buy one of those and sell off the frame and fork.....
Ziemas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-09, 05:06 AM   #23
Walter
SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07
 
Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: SE Florida, USA aka the Treasure Coast
Bikes:
Posts: 5,391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
You might find a beat up Sirrus or lower end Trek hybrid for about the $150 and since your frameset looks clean (at least the thieves were proficient at stripping it) you could transfer parts. That's probably your best hope of doing this quicky and within your budget.

Otherwise I'm with the "it's possible but will take a long time" camp.

Good luck.

__________________
“Life is not one damned thing after another. Life is one damned thing over and over.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-09, 07:21 AM   #24
Lucky07
Ride 365
 
Lucky07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: NYC/UpperDutchess, NY
Bikes: '06 Cannondale Six 13 Pro 2, '05 Specialized Allez Elite, '04 Jamis Satellite, 90's Raleigh M-45 single speed conversion, 80's Fuji Team single speed conversion, 70's Schwinn World Sport
Posts: 1,882
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'd give the thieves an B+ for that strip job. They did leave the brakes & crankset though....

Sorry to hear. I'd say the cheapest route to getting that back on the road is to buy a 150 bike on CL. Budget wheels will cost you 200 bucks new. No way can you buy individual parts for 150 on fleabay. Shipping alone on all those parts could cost 100 bucks.

Good luck and if your friend is going to park his bike on the street, have him lock the frame, both wheels and seat.
Lucky07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-09, 08:25 AM   #25
bratton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ridley, pa
Bikes: felt f85
Posts: 291
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
tell him to get a department store bike. end of story.
bratton is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:58 AM.