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Old 09-28-11, 09:21 PM
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First Build

I've been a motorcyclist for 40 years (I know, I know) but for the last year relocated to Puerto Rico for job purposes. Since I discovered motorcycling in San Juan would be suicidal and that I needed some exercise, I made a small investment in a Chinese Schwinn at Sears called a Volare. I didn't know how much use I'd get out of it so I didn't want to spend a lot. Well I've got almost 400 miles on it and to my surprise am enjoying myself immensely dodging San Juan traffic. For a cheap bike nothing has broken and everything still works as knew. Since I'm a tinkerer I've decided that in order to really get some karma from my ride I would have to build my own. I've drooled over the Cervelos in a store near me but couldn't afford that kind of hardware so I visited ebay looking for a proper frame to start my build. Being a bit of an Italophile I of course was attracted to an older steel frame from Italy. My bid was blown out of the water. I guess the question is "can I find a decent steel frame, preferably European, for $250 and where?" I don't think Ebay is the right venue.
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