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    First Project

    Picked up this galaxy road bike frame, going to repaint, clean it up. Was curious as to what components I should get for it. Going for budget build.



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    Well, you first need to determine your price range. I just did my first build and it was definitely budgeted for sure. I thought I could get it done for under 2 bills, which is still somewhat doable if you have extra parts from a previous build or buy used or have connections. I got all my stuff from a mechanic that he had on his bike for less than a month, and needless to say, it was extremely discounted. While I built my Nishiki on a tight budget, it didnt quite turn out to be tight in the end. I spent well over 4 bills with powder coat, and everything else needed to completely build my bike like brand new.

    Component wise, it just depends on what you want. I learned that keeping a bike as original and classic as possible will make it worth more to a buyer. Classic or custom, its your ride, do whatever you please. Nitto makes great products such as handlebars and stems. I really like my setup with a Nitto stem, Sugino crankset, Shimano BB, Soma saddle, Tange headset, etc. I am also running a Tektro front break which I love.

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    cool cool, thanks. Any comment on the stock fork? Should I upgrade that or just leave it as? Also should I powdercoat it, or just steel wool it with some rattlecan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HasteTheMoment View Post
    cool cool, thanks. Any comment on the stock fork? Should I upgrade that or just leave it as? Also should I powdercoat it, or just steel wool it with some rattlecan?
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    I think a $5 rattlecan job on a $15 frame makes a lot more sense than a full strip down to bare metal and expensive powdercoat.

    I am assuming that this is a bike-boom high-tensile straight-gauge tubed bike and not a Dawes "Galaxy".

    If you are going budget, just toss some new (cheap) wheels and a chain on it, hit up the local dump/coop/parts bin for stem/bars/seat.

    I wouldn't invest much time/energy into it.

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    strip it down to bear steel, give it 2 primer coats, 2 paint coats, and 2+clear coats. you can get a fixed wheelset for about $100 on ebay or numerous websites. be aware that the frame is likely spaced for a 27x 1 1/4 wheel, so there will be lotsa clearance. grab some old road bike drops, use the original crank, and get a new chain. you'll be good to go for less than 150

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    less than $150 will be pushing it. I did a build a while back, just having a frame and crankset (what you have there) and it was $230. I did invest in a good chain, and gatorskins. I had road drops, tape, and tubes already.
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    thanks everyone. Any comments on the frame, as far as weight and strength. I believe its the same for any 70s-80s basic steel road frame. Should be strong enough imo. My friend has some deep V's he's giving me for an amazing price. 700c wheels on that frame?

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    That frame is very very very base, don't put too much money into it. Throw the wheels on it and ride but don't spend any money until you get a better frame. Don't waste your time painting it either.

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    haha alright, will 700c wheels be fine on that frame? Im guessing why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HasteTheMoment View Post
    haha alright, will 700c wheels be fine on that frame? Im guessing why not.
    yup. Just a couple mm smaller. May be an issue if you don't have a long-reach front brake laying around. If you need one, you can pick a used one up for like 5 bones.

    Any way you could post a decent picture or two of the bike? or close up of the logo/headtube/lugs/crank? I've never seen one of these before and google was of no help. Would be nice for the archives/search function in case someone else finds one and is looking for info.

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    yeah here you go, ive never heard of this bike either. but I got it for 10 bones so who gives. as long as it works.



    get it in a few days, so well see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HasteTheMoment View Post
    yeah here you go, ive never heard of this bike either. but I got it for 10 bones so who gives. as long as it works.



    get it in a few days, so well see.
    Dude, put all the money you want (or dont want) to put into it, if you choose to go with "better" parts do it! and in the future if you want to upgrade to a better frame just switch everything over
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes View Post
    Dude, put all the money you want (or dont want) to put into it, if you chose to go with "better" parts do it! and in the future if you want to upgrade to a better frame just switch everything over
    exactly what I did with my first conversion. I went with an expensive build and plan on switching them over to a kilo tt frameset in April. GL

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    haha thanks, probably what I was going to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HasteTheMoment View Post
    haha thanks, probably what I was going to do.
    I would just stay away from doing anything expensive with the frame.

    Some more digging revealed:




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    Quote Originally Posted by HasteTheMoment View Post
    haha alright, will 700c wheels be fine on that frame? Im guessing why not.
    Hmm, what size is that frame?

    Might have had 26" wheels instead of 27", which may be an issue. Keep finding more info on these bikes, looks like the small ones ran 26"...

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    oh wow, thanks ianjk. Any idea what type of frame it is, well other than steel. Company.

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    its a 54cm bike....I only have 700c wheels..

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    Quote Originally Posted by HasteTheMoment View Post
    oh wow, thanks ianjk. Any idea what type of frame it is, well other than steel. Company.
    I am under the assumption that it is just a bike-boom high-tensile steel bike... Judging from the quality of the lugs and dropouts.

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    alright, you ever find out about the wheels. Appreciate it man.

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    so will a 700c wheel fit, or is it a 26" wheel.....would be lame. Still waiting on frame.

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