So my friend Chloe (new to fixed gear riding) wants a new bike and I am in charge of building it apparently. Without going into too much detail as to why, I am pretty much going to have to build the bike frame-up.
My question is ... what is the best way to get parts (specifically: cog, straps, toe clips, brake lever and caliper, seat post and clamp, bottom bracket, bb cups, pedals, headset, stem, handlebars - parts where going basic will not matter to her) for a decent price? I've done my own pricing on Google, eBay, and checking reputable stores I know off the top of my head ... but when I total up these parts, even when I go super basic, total more than if I were to buy a complete bike on eBay to scrap.
I know that buying something piecemeal is always more expensive than buying a set, but since I am cornered into building the bike frame-up, I don't have many options.
I tried looking at various kits, but they all seemed like they forced you to buy certain parts I did not need or other such nonsense.
One option would be to go to my local bike co-op (or pull parts from my stockpile, or trade for parts), but I believe she wants new parts because she's been saving the money for this bike for a while and she wants everything to be new.
At the moment I am considering buying a complete bike and scrapping the parts. :/ But I would rather not do this because I am sure some of the parts will end up being incompatible anyhow.
It is either that or buy some of the parts with my own money and tell her I got them for cheaper than I actually did. :|
Help is appreciated, if there is a solution at all to this problem.