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    Veteran Racer TejanoTrackie's Avatar
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    Show me your SSFG builds that cost less than $100

    Recently I and several other BF members bought some cheap Vilano framesets on eBay and built them up using mostly existing used parts for a total cost less than $100. The intent was to build something for beater use or that might be exposed to the risk of theft. So I thought it would be fun to see how many of you have done something similar. There are a lot of threads with people bragging about how much money they've managed to blow creating the ultimate show bike, but none that expound on the virtues of frugality. The rules for inclusion in this thread are as follows:

    1) The total cost must be less than $100. You must include any shipping fees or sales taxes and include any existing stock of new parts purchased within the last year.

    2) You must do all the work yourself. It's ok to do some of the work at a coop or bike kitchen or even an lbs that lets you use their tools, but the labor must be 100% yours.

    3) It must be an actual build rather than just a cheap buy on CL or whatnot.

    4) You cannot share parts with another fully functional and compete bike, however, it's ok to use parts from another incomplete bike or which are takeoffs from bikes which have been modified or upgraded with different parts.

    5) Extra credit for home made parts.

    So here's my entry. Total cost = $63.95, which includes the shipped cost of the frameset with headset, BB and seatpost with frame clamp, plus $10 for existing stock new bar tape bought less than a year ago.
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    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

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    My beater conversion 80 World Sport. I got the frame+fork on CL for $40 and all other parts I had on-hand.


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    ^^^ Wow! It's hard to call something that nice a "beater." Did you repaint the frame? Looks great!
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    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

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    Free frame saved from the scrapper
    Parts from my parts box leftover from other bikes
    $75.00 dollar wheelset from Green Tire Bikes (including shipping)
    $20.00 used fenders


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    ^^^ Love the spring saddle. Hard to believe someone would scrap that frame. Whta's you primary use? Commuting, general transport, touring ? I'm also a big fan of fenders for all-around use bikes.
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    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

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    Pieced together from various trash finds and a few parts I already had (cog, clips, straps, grips, chain & chainring). The only thing I had to actually buy were the fenders. Total cost = $16.

    It now sports a rear rack (also found on the side of the road).

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    Awesome idea, I have always been far more impressed by creativity and ingenuity to put a decent bike together on the cheap instead of meticulously piecing together a high dollar bike just to take photos of.
    I can't wait for my frame. It will be waiting for me at home as soon as school is done and will prolly be rollin' the day i get home.

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    Bought this bike for $20.00:



    and turned it into this:



    only additional cost was paint and new brake cables. I have a rack on it now - it's my bike for running errands.

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    Trash/parts bin bike. Needed BB and freewheel.

    Because of the 103 mm BB, Loaded about $35.

    Rides like trash bike.
    Last edited by rustybrown; 04-30-11 at 04:35 PM. Reason: prices.

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    Bought this, my first fixed gear, complete (and completely neglected) for $40, ran it suicide with used parts for a bike that came in complete for under $100. Polished the stem, crankset, wheels and seatpost by hand. It was fun, but wayyy undersized, now my 5'2" wife rides it.

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    Good thread idea! My fixie when I first got started cost under $100 because I inherited the complete roadbike and only had to buy a rear wheel, cog, lockring and chain. I had my LBS put the cog on though because I didn't have the proper tools so i guess it doesn't count for this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robofunc View Post
    My beater conversion 80 World Sport. I got the frame+fork on CL for $40 and all other parts I had on-hand.

    This bike looks great esp for sub 100 thats awesome
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    And all that skidding would make you pretty tyred.

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    Abandoned Schwinn MTB: Free
    Cranks: (from Crosslakes ebay auction) $38
    Tires from LBS: $20
    BB: $20
    Everything else: Spare parts

    Gave this to my boss a few weeks ago. Kept the stem & saddle.
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    ^^^ Love that stem and the graphics.
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    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

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    I'm very tempted to post a photo of my King bottom bracket just because that one piece was over $100 but I can't... haha

    instead:


    I got the seat+seatpost, Crankset, Frame, fork, stem+handlebars for $70 but then swapped some of my parts I had lying around... and I did purchase the bar tape for $20... But I have since sold the bike for a fair profit margin.

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    i was close on this one (if you ignore the brooks, i did use the stock saddle for a while)



    hub was 40, spokes were 30, and cog was 20. had a gift card for the tires, and pedals i had sitting around.

    was pretty proud of that, this was built two years ago, when deep vs to formulas were still selling for $350+, and a $600 iro was a screaming bargain
    I hate fixies

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    what's on your bar tape?
    nice lugs
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    thats good to know, thanks for sharing that :)
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    Here's Mine:

    Dawes Fixed Gear.jpg

    This was originally a 10-speed and is somewhat ghetto-er than the rest. My roommate got this from a friend he helped move - they didn't want it and he thought I'd like it. Wanting to try FG but not wanting to spend any real $$, I converted it as cheaply as possible. This also was sort of a self-teacher for me in that this is the first bike that I've torn down completely and reassembled.

    This is probably the last that it will be a sub $100 bike. Future plans involve some aesthetic (powder coating) and practical (28's, fenders, different H-bars) upgrades to make it more suitable for commuting and errands...

    ...not that I don't already have two bikes that I can commuter and run errands with, mind you
    There's nothing for you to see here...just move along, now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    ^^^ Wow! It's hard to call something that nice a "beater." Did you repaint the frame? Looks great!
    Thank you. "Beater" is perhaps too harsh, but this is my go everywhere bike. It's got a bunch of less-than-awesome parts (crappy plastic saddle from a '71 C. Itoh) mixed with nicer parts (Campy brake lever, Sugino AT crankset). Since the photo was taken, I've upgraded the stem and bars to these:



    The frame had been drewed and rattlecanned brownish gold when I got it, so that wasn't my work. The rattlecan job looks less awesome when you get up-close, so I've been thinking about getting a nice powdercoat job. Of course, then I'd get nervous about riding it to the bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LupinIII View Post
    i was close on this one (if you ignore the brooks, i did use the stock saddle for a while)

    That's very nice, especially for the price. Is the frame a Motobecane?

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    This was my first FG, which I no longer own. 1983 Schwinn Le Tour

    Complete bike (geared): $5
    Cog suicided on the original hub: $1
    Tires: $22

    Total: $28



    My 1995 Gary Fisher Tassajara SS

    Complete bike (geared): $20
    Seatpost: $18 shipped
    Cog: $6
    Crankset: $20
    Brake cables/housing: $6

    Total: $70

    Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    ^^^ Love the spring saddle. Hard to believe someone would scrap that frame. Whta's you primary use? Commuting, general transport, touring ? I'm also a big fan of fenders for all-around use bikes.
    Yeah, it was out in the snow waiting on the scrap guy. The wheels, levers and derailleurs were gone.

    It's my errand and riding to the bike-shop bike.

    I like the fenders, especially in the spring here. I would always have a mud stripe if I didn't have them.

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    My contribution Was pretty much the cost of the frame, like tejano around $50

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    ^^^ Looks great! Love the homemade grips. Maybe we should start a Vilano Love thread !
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    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bone Machine View Post
    Bought this bike for $20.00:

    [IMG]http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/2416/bikes143.jpg[/IMG]

    and turned it into this:

    [IMG]http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/9220/bikes160.jpg[/IMG]

    only additional cost was paint and new brake cables. I have a rack on it now - it's my bike for running errands.
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