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Old 06-24-11, 12:18 AM
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Help me find my next project frame/bike

Hey guys, I'm looking for a new frame to start building up. Or, I could buy a complete bike if it makes sense. I'm looking for a lugged steel frame, like a Merckx, De Rosa, etc. with a lot of interest in the Italian frames. I've been searching eBay the past few days for De Rosa, Merckx (not Italian, I know), Pinarello, Tommasini, etc. but haven't had "the one" jump out at me yet.

I'm wondering what some other places to look are other than the obvious like Craigslist and ebay. Any tips for looking would be great. I haven't decided on a make or model yet, so suggestions there are fine. My main concern is that the frame be in excellent condition. I'm hoping to spend $1K or preferably less on the frame/fork. I'm in Southern California.

Any help's appreciated!
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Old 06-24-11, 12:35 AM
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you'll have a lot of options with that budget for just a frame and fork
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Old 06-24-11, 12:41 AM
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Believe me, I'd be happy not to spend that much!
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Old 06-24-11, 03:09 AM
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I don't know how experienced you are at wrenching, but if you're new to this or not around somebody (or local bike shop) that can help you out I'd suggest you might want to start with a less lofty goal for a frame. It's not hard to cause irreparable damage to a nice frame/component.
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Old 06-24-11, 03:25 AM
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When I put my mind to it, I find about a hundred vintage road bicycles each year. Have a look at How To Find Bicycles and you should be well on your way to finding a bicycle for very little cash outlay. Since you are new, focus on the Word of Mouth suggestion. It works pretty darn good for first time hunters.

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Old 06-24-11, 09:43 AM
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Thanks guys. Actually I'm fine with wrenching. I've taken my old Peugeot apart several times.

I keep looking on eBay but unfortunately finding the same bikes over and over.
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Old 06-24-11, 11:55 AM
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There is a "sales" section in this forum. I've not used it myself, but it looks like you can signal your desire for something using the WTB label. Maybe someone has something that matches what you want?
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http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/2458376023.html
Looks like a very nice project bike. Good candidate for frame up restoration/re-build.
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Old 06-24-11, 12:11 PM
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Buy a complete bike and part it out. You'll end up with a much less expensive frame.
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Old 06-24-11, 01:04 PM
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Have a question: I found a nice frame locally, but for some reason one of the previous owners painted over the chrome rear triangle. Any idea how much it would cost to restore it? The rest of the frame is in excellent condition.
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