I've built a few bikes now. Now I have friends coming up to me asking me to build bikes for them. I'd love to, it's a lot of fun for me. The problem is, I don't feel right asking them to shell out some large amount of money to recycle some crappy old cro-moly frame. I want to be able to build them for CHEAP (less than 100 dollars). I feel like I've got building a fixie on the cheap down to a science. The original cranks, headset, frame, bars, and maybe brakes can be recycled.
Here's how I'd break it down...
UN53 BB - 20 dollars
Bar Tape/grips - 10 dollars
Cog/Lockring - 30 dollars
One Cyclocross lever - 10 dollars
Brake Cable - 5 dollars
Spray Can/Paste/etc - 5 dollars
Chain - 10 dollars
So, 90 bucks so far not including the frame which isn't part of the budget.
The only thing that's left is a wheelset. That's where things get hard. How can I put together a decent fixie without spending 200 dollars on a wheelset?