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IT'S ALIIIIIVE!!!!!!!......Frankenbike from accumulated freebies.......

Old 11-10-13, 11:30 AM
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IT'S ALIIIIIVE!!!!!!!......Frankenbike from accumulated freebies.......

Spent the last week or two playing with this......time, bar tape, cables/housing are my only costs....I did order some tires as these are too big and rub the frame..........I figure if I get a c note or better I'm good.....

It's also my first attempt at something other than simple re-assembly and upgrade.....I like it....

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Old 11-10-13, 12:21 PM
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I would figure $125 give or take with the better tires.
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Brake cable routing needs a do over.
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Old 11-10-13, 02:47 PM
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How so?
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Old 11-10-13, 03:21 PM
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That beast is pretty cool. Resembles the imagined future mods to my 80s Diamondback.

(Anxious to hear about the brake line issue, as I'm still new at this and don't see what he sees....)
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How so?
Criss crossed on top of stem, turning to the right, it could bind up, rear too short. Need a longer housing on the rear brake cable (a gentle loop, allowing easy full movement on the handlebars), both cables need to be routed underneath the stem.
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Ahhhh, yes. Configure the bike to accommodate a rider who may wish to turn. You're a clever one, Bill, and I may just borrow that idea.
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+1 on the cabling slightly longer routing that doesn't cross tightly and goes under the bars exspecially for the rear would be much better. Over the stem routing on Aero bars couses the cables to limit bar motion and can tend to bind.
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Old 11-10-13, 06:30 PM
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+1

With aero levers brake cables go under the stem. Rear is also too short, and looks like it would bind if the bars are turned all the way in either direction.

Otherwise, nice bike! Would be a good commuter for a shorter person.
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Old 11-10-13, 07:25 PM
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I'll double check the range of motion, but it's all good already. I do agree that it may be a cleaner look routed under the bars and I may reroute for that reason.

Thanks.........
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Old 11-11-13, 09:29 AM
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Good job on the franken-bike build. Really can't see it bringing $100 though. Being a mtb really lowers value. A nice looking franken road bike has a better chance. People think they are "faster".

I'd venture $75 or under if you happen across the right person. Hoods are $8 and go a long way to make a bike look legit.

If it doesn't sell then I'd suggest actually going in a slightly different direction - City Cruiser. An upright set of bars and smooth tires would go with the stem shifters nicely to make a beach/grocery cruiser for that $75 point.
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I really like it, and if something similar came up in my area (and I fit it) I'd be awfully tempted at that price. The monster cross type build is pretty popular here though, would be a blast in the winter.
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The small frame with drops is very sexy and interesting just not all that marketiable.
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Thanks for sharing! I've been considering doing something very similar.... adding the rams horn handlebars... to my winter bike. Which is an old Fuji mountain bike. I haven't figured out what to do about the up-down lever/brake combo yet. Maybe I can find some cheap used brifters.

But your pictures remind me how much I like the "mountain-road-gravel grinder" look. I think the road bike riding position would be more comfortable and practical for my intended use too. I do like the look!
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Really nice bike, great job on your build. I bet it was a lot of fun. If you find some posts a bit critical just keep in mind that some members have BIG bucks in their own bikes. I totally get what you are doing and it works. We are coming upon times where a functioning bike with Bridgestone on it, no matter what model, is increasing in value. I am not saying to ask $300 for it, but price it to what a new Walmart MTB costs $100-$125. This bike is way cooler. The seemingly endless supply of old Bridgestones is dwindling, especially lugged framed bikes (which your is not).

Funny thing about selling old bikes, if you put a "For Free" sign on it in your front yard you may turn a few heads, if you put a "For Sale $20" sign on it, the bike is gone. Besides, everyone wants to be Mike and Frank on American Pickers so price it to haggle a bit!
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