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Old 07-13-09, 02:58 PM   #1
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Possible bike for conversion on CL, what $$ do you think is resonable?

This guy is selling an old Kia road bike pictured here:



and is asking $90 for it.... I read up a bit and according to other threads, Kia makes cheap entry level Korean bikes, and people had bought used ones for like $5 haha

This bike seems like it's functional though, and I'm looking for a cheap project to build a beater bike conversion that I can beat to ****, leave locked up overnight and ride in foul weather.

What is this thing actually worth? I'm going to see if he'll barter.

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no more than 30 bucks at best
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no more than 30 bucks at best
I'd say $15 if it had two good tires.

Not what you want to start out with. Worth searching for a bike that doesn't have cottered cranks (althought they can work, but you mention beating it, so I would go with square taper), isn't gas-pipe bike-boom heavy, and is a decent value... Not worth buying when stuff like bar tape is worth as much as the bike.
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sorry cant tell fromt he pick trade him a twelve pack a call it done or just start dumpster diving thats how I get my beaters
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Thanks for the info guys. I don't want to waste money. From what I hear cottered cranks can be a ***** to get off if they've been on there for a long time, but if you can get them off, is it likely that the type of bottom bracket needed can be replaced with a square taper bb and cranks?
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not always however you can reuse the cups and get a loose ball spindle
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i'm sure there are plenty of better bikes for less $$$ in your area. i'd keep looking if i were you.
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Yeah that looks like what I'll be doing after all.
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my conversion is columbus tubes and has/had campy/ofmega parts. i paid $90CAN. hope this helps.
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