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Old 11-23-09, 10:53 PM   #1
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cheap touring frames.

so, i can't for the life of me remember all the various sites that sell basic taiwan (orwhathaveyou) touring frames. you've got performance, nashbar, annnnnd i don't know. i want to build up a bike for my girlfriend and she's rather small. i am looking for in the 48cm range. cheap cheap cheap. thanks for your help guys. big ups.
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Old 11-23-09, 11:08 PM   #2
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Look for old steel mountain bike frames. I got one from ebay a couple years back for my wife for $25. It's a tiny stumpjumper.
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Old 11-23-09, 11:44 PM   #3
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Look for old steel mountain bike frames. I got one from ebay a couple years back for my wife for $25. It's a tiny stumpjumper.
agreed, totally undervalued but can be found with full braze-ons for the perfect expedition bike.
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Old 11-24-09, 02:58 AM   #4
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It's for your wives so you want it cheap, cheap, cheap?
I guess that they are not reading here
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Old 11-24-09, 04:19 AM   #5
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Mountain frames work great for most people's purposes and have cheap, easy to find tires as well.

That said, I love my surly.
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Old 11-24-09, 11:52 AM   #6
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It's for your wives so you want it cheap, cheap, cheap?
I guess that they are not reading here
Yeah, she would have preferred that I got it for $10.
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Cheap, Cheap retail frame build up only makes sense if you already have all the parts because any construction from parts alone will cost at least $500. You leave out a budget but cheap,cheap and the right size seem to be the two most important. For that I'd dig around for exactly that, the cheapest yardsale/craigslist/freecycle bike that fits, a couple cans of flat black spraypaint and nice comfy bar wrap and seat.
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Buy a complete used bike. You state cheap, what's cheaper than a hundred dollar bike with a hundred or so more in swap outs ? Fem. specific bikes are plentifull. I see 48cm on e-bay in fem. and NON. Putting together a bike with a new frame won't be cheap. Used ? OK... buy everything A La Carte.. still costs more.
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