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My very first conversion!

Old 07-15-10, 08:31 PM
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My very first conversion!

My attempt at building a cross bike while on a tight budget.
2 years in the thinking/dreaming/making. Let me know what you guys think.
99% complete...just needs some fine tuning.

1992 Schwinn Crosscut - Total build cost: ~$250

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Cool. The crosscut is a great frame. Lugged chromo, right?
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Old 07-15-10, 08:42 PM
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Cool. The crosscut is a great frame. Lugged chromo, right?
Yup. Chrome-moly double butted frame and fork. Should survive anything....
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Old 07-15-10, 09:06 PM
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Nice job.
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1992 Schwinn Crosscut - Total build cost: ~$250
This is how to do a budget conversion. Perfectly proportioned. Chapeau!
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Old 07-16-10, 12:55 PM
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Thanks! Now only about 4 months til the season starts.
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Wait! You spend 250 bucks to build it up or is that how much the frame cost?
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250 total...got the bike for an amazing deal on CL, only $60! Put it together myself so i saved on the lbs labor cost. Also had the saddle, pedals, and wheelset laying around.

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Absolute wowness (not a word, I know) I have been looking to do a conversion from a hybrid of some sort. I really hope it turns out as good as yours!!
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250 total...got the bike for an amazing deal on CL, only $60! Put it together myself so i saved on the lbs labor cost. Also had the saddle, pedals, and wheelset laying around.
What size is it? I want to know if I should be pissed that you got it and I didn't (I'm in LA).
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Absolute wowness (not a word, I know) I have been looking to do a conversion from a hybrid of some sort. I really hope it turns out as good as yours!!
It was a lot easier than i thought it would be! You really should give it a go. You wont be disappointed by the results.
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What size is it? I want to know if I should be pissed that you got it and I didn't (I'm in LA).
54cm frame...pretty flawless. Just a few nicks and scratches which were probably from moving one side of the garage to the other. The components (including pads) hardly had any signs of use. Am I rubbing it in deep enough yet?
I just got really lucky.
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First thing that comes to mind when I see those first pictures, just like looking at a beat up car...at some point in the past some person was just thrilled to death and proud as can be to come home with that thing all shiny and new.
Great conversion though, looks really nice.
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excellent! and the same year i believe as my Giant cro-moly!

now, what are your specs? how did you pull this off
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Originally Posted by SillyRabbit View Post
54cm frame...pretty flawless. Just a few nicks and scratches which were probably from moving one side of the garage to the other. The components (including pads) hardly had any signs of use. Am I rubbing it in deep enough yet?
I just got really lucky.
Ah good, a little too small. You can enjoy without my jealous envy.
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excellent! and the same year i believe as my Giant cro-moly!

now, what are your specs? how did you pull this off
You want to know my ways do you?! Ask and you shall receive:

Original bike - $60 Craigslist
FSA Gossamer Handlebars - $15 Nashbar
Nashbar brake levers - $5
Nashbar stem - $15
Nashbar stem adapter - $15
Shimano bar end shifters - $60
Cables/housings - $20
Total shipping+tax ~ $30
Saddle, pedals, wheelset, bartape from my parts bin.

Total: ~$220
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very nice.....i see that nashbar has those FSA bars now at $9.99...and with their usual discount if you spend over a certain amount...
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Yeah, occasionally nashbar will have an incredible deal for a short time.
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Nice work--very sexy bike. I'm a Schwinn man myself.
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