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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by niknak View Post
    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.
    1 Super Record bike, 1 Nuovo Record bike, 1 Pista, 1 Road, 1 Cyclocross/Allrounder, 1 MTB, 1 Touring, 1 Fixed gear

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanM View Post
    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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    Rei?

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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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