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    First conversion?!

    Okay I hit deal, I got a raleigh technium tri lite frame and a brooks b17 for about 50$

    the frame is in really good condition, should I build it up? would it be wise? It's an aluminum frame and is pretty light. I'd most likely just ride it on the trail and race my friends. What wheelset would you guys recommend? Or should I just get a different frame to build?

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    Do you have the finances?


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    The choice is yours, my friend.

    If it's just a frame/fork/seatpost and saddle, you'll be dropping a lot of money.

    Transversely, you could flip the frame and the saddle and double your investment.

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    well, how much do you think I'd be dropping total? I'd need a crankset, bb, wheelset, cog/lockring, and a chain? I forgot to mention it had headset and bars.

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    new components or used?

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    According to low end, rock-bottom prices off the top of my head....$225 total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilcphoto View Post
    new components or used?


    I don't really mind. I'm mainly just concerned with getting a decent crankset/bb. I have a spare cog and lockring I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ismai1 View Post
    I don't really mind. I'm mainly just concerned with getting a decent crankset/bb. I have a spare cog and lockring I think.
    $265

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    what parts are you saying would be that total?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ismai1 View Post
    crankset, bb, wheelset, cog/lockring, and a chain? I forgot to mention it had headset and bars.
    Crankset as low as $25 (Truvativ Touro, FSA Vero, Shimano Road cranks) which can possibly come with a bottom bracket (a few ebay listings have them)
    Bottom Bracket as low as $20 depending on cranks
    Wheelset can be a tough one...but the cheapest used I've seen for a decent set is around $50-$100 which should include cog+lockring
    Chain is something you'd want to get new and thats only $10

    Granted, this is Portland prices, which we have a good healthy stock of used crappy parts...

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    It's not that I don't have the money for good parts, but I'm wondering if this frame is even worth it? Should I sell the frame for something else? I want to make a bike that would be pretty light/fast. I just thought this would be good since it's aluminum.

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    Yeah, I'd say that frame is worth building up if you have stem, bars, (brakes? seatpost?) Don't go crazy expensive on the components and you'll end up with a nice light bike, maybe for more than a complete one would've cost though. I've heard those Techniums are nice.
    Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html

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    keep the frame, build it up. i converted one for under 200 with a flip flop hub. i bought the wheelset used though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
    Yeah, I'd say that frame is worth building up if you have stem, bars, (brakes? seatpost?) Don't go crazy expensive on the components and you'll end up with a nice light bike, maybe for more than a complete one would've cost though. I've heard those Techniums are nice.
    This is what I want to do exactly! Can you recommend some parts I should check out? Thanks!

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    I have these wheels: http://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...ifnpdppp32lae6

    They are great, and recommended by others on the forum. Scrod has them. They are bulletproof, although maybe a tad overbuild for my 135lb body. Still relatively light weight.

    Does the bike have a bottom bracket? Personally I'd just go with a used road crankset on ebay, there are good deals to be had.

    Brakes? Ebay too, just make sure you figure out what reach you need. Reach: http://sheldonbrown.com/calipers.html#reach
    Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html

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    going off my lbs pricest

    wheelset-$100
    crankset- $45
    chain- $15
    tires, tubes-$50
    bar tape- $15
    front brake, lever, housing- $50

    so new id say you're looking at around $300 additional. could be worth it if the frame fits you and there's no damage to it.
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    no damage to the frame. I'm gonna get the sun m13's and the FSA gimondis crankset.

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    1 x Sun M13 silver rims Formula fixed gear track hubs wheelset 36h (RCCPM)
    = $125.00
    1 x FSA Track Bike Fixed Gear Crankset F Gimondi 170mm 42t = $99.00
    1 x Track Cog 15t x 3/32 Hardened Steel = $19.00
    1 x Formula lockring for track fixed gear hubs = $5.00
    1 x KMC ZX10HX SILVER Single Speed Track CHAIN 3/32" = $12.00


    Seem good?
    I plan on getting gatorskins/tubes/bb at lbs

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    ?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ismai1 View Post
    ?!
    you could get a lot cheaper cranks, and find a wheelset with a cog and lockring already...but thats not terrible for everything so far... what else do you need?

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    I just need a bb, tires/tubes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ismai1 View Post
    1 x FSA Track Bike Fixed Gear Crankset F Gimondi 170mm 42t = $99.00
    1 x Track Cog 15t x 3/32 Hardened Steel = $19.00

    Seem good?
    Pretty good but I agree with Lilcphoto, I think you could find a lot cheaper cranks. Especially if you're willing to go used.

    Not sure what cog you're getting. But if you want cheap, here's a Formula cog for $12 shipped: http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-FORMULA-15T-...item35adabac05 If you want nice, a Dura Ace cog is only a few bucks more than the one you chose at $24 shipped: http://cgi.ebay.com/SHIMANO-DURA-ACE...item35af9c689c
    Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html

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    I just want this bike to turn out nice! The price total wasnt too bad! I hope this bike turns out well, I'll post pictures!

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    I would sell the frame and get a BD bike. Then you would have a decent saddle more or less for free. The last thing in the world I would want to ride is an old, small tubed Al frame. YMMV though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ismai1 View Post
    Seem good?
    I plan on getting gatorskins/tubes/bb at lbs
    My opinion: Gatorskins are terrible tires. super-tight to put on, not terribly flat resistant, and the sidewalls are so flimsy you can put holes in them by looking at them wrong. for the money there are a lot of better/cheaper tires out there.

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