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Old 09-07-11, 11:24 AM
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Old parts, new parts , am I a fool?

So, lacking tools and technical know-how, I just paid my LBS to strip all the parts off a high-end 1996 Schwinn mountain bike I had that was too small for me and put them on an old lower-end steel 23" Gary Fisher Wahoo frame I bought for $10. The Schwinn had all Deore parts on it, although I had to buy a new set of bars and a saddle because it was set up as a comfort cruiser, as well as a new rigid fork. So, all told, I am out about $200.

Considering I probably could have sold the Schwinn for $150 (but still would have spent $60 for saddle and bars), my new old bike cost me $350.

So, bottom line, I now have a $350 bike with a 1997 Wahoo frame with high-end-for-1996 parts, wheras I could have had a $550 NEW Wahoo with some lower-end-for-2012 parts. However, the new Wahoo does not come larger than 21" and it is nearly impossible to find any used bike that does, so in some ways, this was the only reasonable way for me to get a bike I was comfortable on. And, the best bike I ever had was, in fact, a 1998 Wahoo.
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Old 09-07-11, 11:30 AM
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so in fact you got a bike that fits you just right and has decent components etc for 350? That's not bad.
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Old 09-07-11, 12:57 PM
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Being unable to do one's own wrenching is like a kick in the wallet. In this case, it sounds like you came out really well even including the opportunity cost of not selling the donor bike. Great work!
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Look at the bright side. It's yours now. Almost like it's custom built.

OK, maybe not.

But I agree with the above posters. $350 for a bike you love, with a tune-up thrown in as part of the process, is not bad at all.
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If you're happy, more power to ya. $350 is not that much, in terms of having a nice bike you really like.
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hey, you can still throw the parts from the wahoo on your old schwinn and sell that, right? Or at least sell the parts and frame separately?
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
hey, you can still throw the parts from the wahoo on your old schwinn and sell that, right? Or at least sell the parts and frame separately?
Well no, the Wahoo was just a frame, which is why it was $10. But yeah, much as I doubt myself, I have tried riding 20" mountain bikes and they just don't work for me on the trails, so a bona fide 23" is priceless. The best trail riding I ever did was on a truly crappy Toys R Us bike that happened to fit me, despite the fact that the friction shifters didn't shift and the brakes didn't brake.
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I'd still bet you could get a few bucks for the frame on craigslist if it's decent and in ok shape, so it's not a total loss. But huzzah on finding a bike that fit you. I've had that problem in the past.
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If you're at the outer edges of fitment, then expect to pay, and pay.

And if you can't DIY wrench, then also expect to pay.
But you now have a bike that fits and should last a long time. Time to ride it a lot and justify the $.

+1 on flipping what is left over to recoup some $.
And time to learn to wrench your own rides. Pays in the end, always.
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