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Old 01-24-09, 11:45 AM
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Okay, I scoured the neighborhood for a backdrop that wasn't entirely snow covered and wasn't in the sun, and found a garage door a couple of blocks down.

Here's my latest build, a 1971 Raleigh Super Course. Not quite velo-cheapo, but no dump access around here!

The original bike came to me minus a rear wheel in exchange for a new Brooks B17 saddle: $68
Original parts are front wheel (Nisi rim, Normandy high flange hub), Weinmann brake calipers, GB stem.
Rear wheel (Craig's List, Sun alloy rim, sealed bearing, high flange flip-flop hub): $25
IRC tires (new): $25
Stronglight 99 crankset and ring and bottom bracket (eBay): $29
Nitto Alloy Albatross bars (eBay): $14
Mathauser brake pads (in the original holders, eBay): $10
Weinmann tourist brake levers (from a parts lot I've already made a profit on): free
BMX freewheel (eBay): $8
Chain (eBay): $5
MKS pedals (eBay): $17
Brooks Pro saddle (from a parted out Raleigh--profit already made): free
26.2mm alloy seatpost (thrift store): $2
Planet Bike fenders: $20
English grips (swapmeet): $15

Total: $238

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Old 01-24-09, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
brandenjs, A little off the scale of "Cheapo" and rather modern (as opposed to C&V), but a nice build at a very reasonable price. Good job!
Very true - but I gotta admit, a decent "modern" road bike for under $300?
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Yep, I wouldn't have posted it if it was'nt a Schwinn. I know pastorbob loves the Schwinns. My LeTour was a "Cheapo" build for sure maybe that's more appropriate. I did'nt keep track of how much,but I know it was less than $150. The most expensive parts were the Ultegra bar ends at $65.

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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
I know many of us were inspired by the results of our first annual Velo Cheapo Build-Off held last Fall. Well at least I was--- and the result was my own Velo Cheapo build. My goal was to build a bike using as many on-hand parts as possible, make it utilitarian, and keep the total out-of pocket expenses to a minimum.

Without further delay, let me introduce you to the PB Version of a Marin Muirwoods Commuter Special!



You are catching up, Bob. My '92 Bianchi Advantage I built in '93. Of course yours is cheaper since mine was built from new parts, but I have been riding mine for 15 years or so, so I guess it evens out in the end. Interestingly I never saw anyone else riding something like it except me back then. I thought I was old fashioned, but I guess I was actually futuristic

I like the angles and wheelbase on yours better.
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hmm...cheapo builds...right down my alley

My recently finished 1980 Azuki Gran Sport 12 was built with the theme of "quality on a budget" because back then the budget was certainly tight.

Azuki f/f swapped with kpug505: $10
JIS headset from Loose Screws: $5
Sugino Super Mighty crank, found on the side of the road
Brooks Pro saddle came off a CL 60's Varsity: $10
Shimano 600 drivetrain parts came from a CL flip that was sold at a nice profit
New Wellgo quill pedals and MKS clips: $30
SR post came from a Miyata 210 that was in the parts bin because it was too short
Nitto bar and stem came off a '73 Fuji S-10-S that I bought for $50 and flipped to my brother in law (much too small for a 62cm frame)
DiaCompe GranCompe brakeset and Sunshine/Araya wheelset came off a CL bike: $10
Panaracer Pasela Tourguards on sale at Nashbar a while back (thanks Pastor Bob): $16
6-7 speed chain from Nashbar (bought a bunch of them in '02): $1.25 ea!!
Vintage Blackburn rack from CL: $6
Misc. other parts for build: $15

Total under $105
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The seat clamp appears to be backwards on that Marin.
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Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
The seat clamp appears to be backwards on that Marin.
Actually it came from the seller in that position and and in my haste to submit this thread I didn't spend any time flipping it around. Originally I had installed a Brooks B-72, which I had decided I wouldn't leave on the bike when I CL it.

After looking at the pictures I posted here I realized I needed to do just as you've suggested.

Thanks for the reminder!
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Bob, you should just say it's an homage to those 1940/50s English club bikes when seat clamps usually faced forwards:



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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
Actually it came from the seller in that position and and in my haste to submit this thread I didn't spend any time flipping it around. Originally I had installed a Brooks B-72, which I had decided I wouldn't leave on the bike when I CL it.

After looking at the pictures I posted here I realized I needed to do just as you've suggested.

Thanks for the reminder!
Mine is set the same way, I had it the other way around but the seat was actually too far back for the upright position. The problem is most likely the long stem most uprights have a very short stem. I have noticed that most riders here know how to adjust a drop bar bike and do not seem to realise you adjust an upright bike differently.
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Modern bikes, are designed for setback seatposts.
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Pastorbob, I would love to know more about the
saddle... are these readily available under $20?



PS, For some reason, the whole Velo-cheapo
competition sounded easy, but wasn't.

Whereas this thread really delivers... without all
the fuss. No offense intended... I'm just saying.

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If there was a contest to see who could overspend the most on their bikes, I'd win in a landslide.
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Originally Posted by akcapbikeforums
Pastorbob, I would love to know more about the saddle... are these readily available under $20?
I spotted it back before the last week in Dec on ebay. The seller had about a dozen and he offered it in a Dutch auction. I offered $10 and it was another $7 to ship. Sweet deal. I'd say it's not the best quality and has a few nicks in the hide, but it certainly does give the bike great curb appeal for a small price.

chuckk, I like your bike! Cool stem. Does it work?
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1976 Peugeot Mixte

Here's a little yellow 1976 Peugeot mixte.

Near as I can tell, I spent $65 directly on it. Parts bin trades and
gifts make up the rest.

The priceless cost was the all personal sweat and countless hours of
effort of working through the problems of cottered cranks and the
puzzlement of 30 year old French bicycle frugality and idiosyncrasy.
Plus, there was lots of cleaning and polishing.

It went through a complete teardown/rebuild. It is now good for
another 30 years.

Elena, a Russian lady friend who has never before ridden a bike
asked me to put one together for her. I built this little yellow mixte
because I had never worked on one before.

It was a Christmas present.

I rode it and can report that it is smooth, quiet and solid. It performs
without flaw.

Thanks to RobbieTunes for the core, including the fabulously
well-preserved frame and associated parts, minus wheels.
Thanks to Scott Ryder for the lovely Ideale saddle. Friends
like these prove that C&V activity is not a zero sum game.

It is a smart mix of French, Italian and Japanese parts. I aimed to
make it up-to-date, comfortable, easy to ride, smooth performing
and trouble-free while remaining true to it's original spirit and appearance.

I like it. Elena likes it. Hope it passes the audition.

Does showing it now, just to help the Parson ease his boredom,
mean I can't enter it in the low cost build-off contest? I need a ruling. ;-)
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As a judge from last year, I'd say hold the pics and evidence until the contest comes around, then enter it. I can vouch for the cost of the frame and core, under $45. Amazing bike, befits a lady named Elena, in its classic elegance.
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afilado, that is one sweet Puegeot! I'm a big fan of box stripes! And the Ideale was a gift! WOW! C&V has the best members!
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my cheapo build is this here Miyata 210 that I put together for just about $140 all told.


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That bike was a leftover from a local bike swap, and was a couple days away from becoming trash. It had a minimum bid of $20.00, and yet it sat. I took pictures, passed them to Robbie, and he also thought it a worthwhile grab. I paid $25 for it, and promptly boxed it up and sent it to the good Mr. Tunes.

I'm pleased to see it went to an outstanding home, and is living up to it's potential.

note - it didn't have those wheels, shifter, saddle or rear derailleur. Looks like a very sensible group of upgrades.

Originally Posted by afilado
Here's a little yellow 1976 Peugeot mixte.

Near as I can tell, I spent $65 directly on it. Parts bin trades and
gifts make up the rest.

The priceless cost was the all personal sweat and countless hours of
effort of working through the problems of cottered cranks and the
puzzlement of 30 year old French bicycle frugality and idiosyncrasy.
Plus, there was lots of cleaning and polishing.

It went through a complete teardown/rebuild. It is now good for
another 30 years.

Elena, a Russian lady friend who has never before ridden a bike
asked me to put one together for her. I built this little yellow mixte
because I had never worked on one before.

It was a Christmas present.

I rode it and can report that it is smooth, quiet and solid. It performs
without flaw.

Thanks to RobbieTunes for the core, including the fabulously
well-preserved frame and associated parts, minus wheels.
Thanks to Scott Ryder for the lovely Ideale saddle. Friends
like these prove that C&V activity is not a zero sum game.

It is a smart mix of French, Italian and Japanese parts. I aimed to
make it up-to-date, comfortable, easy to ride, smooth performing
and trouble-free while remaining true to it's original spirit and appearance.

I like it. Elena likes it. Hope it passes the audition.

Does showing it now, just to help the Parson ease his boredom,
mean I can't enter it in the low cost build-off contest? I need a ruling. ;-)
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The precision fit fenders and the level rack really make this bike
exceptionally handsome. Cool color scheme.

If you ever sell the bike or the fenders, I want dibs on the fenders.

Cheers.

Originally Posted by -holiday76
my cheapo build is this here Miyata 210 that I put together for just about $140 all told.


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Originally Posted by -holiday76
my cheapo build is this here Miyata 210 that I put together for just about $140 all told.
Nice looking ride, holiday76. It looks like it has all day riding comfort.
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Originally Posted by afilado
Here's a little yellow 1976 Peugeot mixte.
There are quite a few things about that bike that make my day. Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by afilado
The precision fit fenders and the level rack really make this bike
exceptionally handsome. Cool color scheme.

If you ever sell the bike or the fenders, I want dibs on the fenders.

Cheers.
SKS/Esge fenders are readily available. Fit, both of fenders and racks, is up to the installer. Most folks are just much too lazy to take the considerable time to properly fit a set of fenders.
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SKS/Esge fenders are readily available. Fit, both of fenders and racks, is up to the installer. Most folks are just much too lazy to take the considerable time to properly fit a set of fenders.
Agreed on the fender install. It does take a while of installing and removing, cutting and trimming to get the look and fit just right.
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Picked up a 1964-ish Rudge Sports the other day, needs to have the rear fender stay re-attached and a caved-in seat stay ironed out, but otherwise clean. It came with a trigger shifter (connected,) and a grip shifter (disconnected.) A good cheapo candidate since I'm only into it for $12 so far...



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Nice builds, giving me ideas. Seeing that Bianchi Advantage gave me a slight seller's remorse after recently trading it. Don't think I did too bad, though:



Schwinn Le Tour III, practically like new.

I'm thinking of making it 5 speed IGH town bike with a pair of handlebars from Velo Orange. I have the Wald dual rear basket for it, along with some practical fenders would make a great cruiser. Debating on wheels-either keeping it 27" or dropping down to 700c to gain the studded tire advantage for winter.

I'm even toying with the idea of setting it up as a tour bike...
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