I'm stuck inside today with a really bad head cold and the windchill outside is well before freezing, so to kill time I've set up a spreadsheet to estimate how much I've spent on my SSFG bikes. Over the last year and a half I've bought 3 complete SSFG bikes, done a conversion on one old 10-speed, and built two bikes from the frame up. I've added up the initial cost and the cost of all newly purchased parts, including accessories such as fenders, racks, lights etc. I've not included existing parts I had in stock or which were swapped out from other bikes. Some items I've estimated from memory, as I don't have any receipts, such as many eBay auction items. I'm sure I've forgotten some small items, so I've rounded the cost up accordingly. All parts costs include shipping and / or sales tax as applicable. The costs from the lowest to the highest are as follows:
Mercier 100 SS conversion: $220
VISP TRX790 FG: $525
Salsa Casseroll SS: $775
Motobecane Messenger FG: $810
Leader 721tr FG: $850
Mercier Kilo WT FG: $990
All of these bikes are pretty much in their final stage of modification or development.
Anyways, just thought it might be interesting to see what the initial and final outlays have been.