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    Help!!! My bike got stripped!

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    Hunt ebay for used components under $5 and you might make your budget. Otherwise you're not going to rebuild that frame for $150.
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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddac View Post

    Do you think the $150 budget is reasonable?
    No.

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    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.
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    Waste of money, and he won't get $150 for that frameset I'd bet, sorry to hear about that.

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    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

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    ....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.....

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    good luck on that one...

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    if you want to get rolling in a reasonable period of time, probably $500. else, new hybrid for $500.

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    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.

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    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.
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    You can't lock your components.
    Bring the pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recursive View Post
    You can't lock your components.
    ...you can strip most of the bolts.

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    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.

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    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..
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    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.
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    BD has some crappy bikes for around $300.....he buy one of those and sell off the frame and fork.....

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    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.

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    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.
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    tell him to get a department store bike. end of story.
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