Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NorCal - bay area
Bikes: Giant, Trek, 6x Peugeots, Specialized, Nishiki, bike friday
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Originally Posted by waveon
i am looking for an entry level, meaning i am short on cash, fixie. i would buy an old ten and rebuild it, but every bike i go look at has a bunch of rust, bent frame or the person selling the bike thinks that because people are looking for older bikes to fix up that they think they can charge up the nose. anyway.....any advice would be appreciated. i live in santa barbara and would dig on keeping my mountain bike for the mountain and have a fix for my commute.
My son and I are building a fixie for him, and we started with a very nice Bianchi he got for free. Parts cost so far is approaching $400 (over half of that for wheels/tires), and we're being fairly careful. It is only justifiable because it's a nice Italian frame, in great shape, and he'll have something very special.
But I've asked myself more than once, why didn't I just buy something from bikesdirect or craigslist. Saw a great Fuji (old frame) in the SF craigslist last week, fixed up really well for about $400 or so.
At this point, I'd only start on an old bike if there were something unique about it (an old Raleigh, for example), and I could reuse a lot of the parts, including wheels.
Check this out - someone gave it to me, I reused the wheels and I've only got about $150 into it, almost half of that being the tires. This is a single-speed, not a fixie. This worked out very well I think, and now I ride this one more than all my other bikes combined. Scroll down to the last pic.
Faggin (fa-zheen) from a neighbor