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Old 06-19-11, 02:07 PM
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cheaper to build own bike?

Cheapest road bike I can find online is around £300:

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165710



Any ideas if I can build a similar bike for less and where to get the parts?

I've been trying to hunt around on ebay for a sub £100 used road bike but they don;'t come up too often near me and postage costs a bit too much if elsewhere in the UK.
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Building your own is almost never cheaper, especially at the low end. I've built my last 3 bikes myself and find it incredibly rewarding and satisfying, but it's not the most cost-effective way to go.
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I would check if your work is part of the cycle to work scheme first you can get a much nicer bike for about the same money that way.

I bought basically the same bike to that one in 2008 still use it to commute now but it's not the best and basically you will be looking to upgrade it really quickly, if your set on halfords look more at there boardman line although a trip to a LBS and talk to them about the amount you want to spend and what you want to use the bike for might prove more fruitful especially if they still have 2010 sock.
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Building your own is almost never cheaper, especially at the low end. I've built my last 3 bikes myself and find it incredibly rewarding and satisfying, but it's not the most cost-effective way to go.
Guess my only option is used bikes then?
Difficult to know how much a bike is worth when used. Pretty much the only important thing is the frame, wheels, and brakes.
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Yeah, used is for sure your best bet. Just make sure you know what size you need.
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Not cheaper, but the surplus value you put in it may make you prouder of it than something coming off the assembly line.
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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
Yeah, used is for sure your best bet. Just make sure you know what size you need.
I'm 180cm so are any 56-58cm ok?
5' 9" - 6' 0" 175 - 183 56 - 57 - 58 L
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Originally Posted by GordonFreeman View Post
I'm 180cm so are any 56-58cm ok?
5' 9" - 6' 0" 175 - 183 56 - 57 - 58 L
It would be best to get some input from someone in person, or better yet test ride some bikes in addition to using a fit calculator. I think a 56 would be a safe bet though, 58 probably too big.
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At 6ft if your not very flexible your probably going to need the 58 I'm 5'11 and ride 58's.

The first was guess based on a test ride the second was fit from a bike shop.
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You really won't see cost savings unless your are building a relatively high end bike. My bike for example is a Ti frame with all Ultegra, Mavic, Ritchey, etc, etc....I've got about maybe $700 into it.
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It cost out the rump to build your own. But that being said. Your paying for 2 things. The perfect bike if you do it the way you want it the first time and the most priceless, You will learn what money cant buy.
But Yeahhhh,, cost more.
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What are the main things to keep in mind for price when looking at a second hand bike.

I could porob stretch to £150, just looking for something to get around town on.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Giant-Peleton-...item35b309e36c

I'm presuming it's just the gears, wheels, and brakes that need to be up to scracth plus not too heavy.

Read more: http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/forum/f...#ixzz1Pp4KLH2z
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On the high end, after building up 2 bikes I find it significantly cheaper. A lot of it depends on how close to store built up bike you get as the lbs bike will be cheaper. On your price range, I certainly would look at used bikes. Lots of good deals to be had if you are patient and know exactly what you want.
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All possibles, theft is always a worry. Even when I had an old Peugeot road bike bought for £50 10 years back, someone evetually nabbed that from outside a tube station in London

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2010-COYOTE-BI...item7dbc6b35d4

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BARRACUDA-RS10...item9758223c91

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Carlton-Corsai...item1c1cab651e

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Dawes-Galaxy-G...item43a7dbd19a

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CROSS-PELOTON-...item588e902ffb

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You can save money building your own if you get used parts.
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
Building your own is almost never cheaper, especially at the low end. I've built my last 3 bikes myself and find it incredibly rewarding and satisfying, but it's not the most cost-effective way to go.
+1. In dollars and cents terms, no. As far as the reward and satisfaction, I find far greater value in building up my own.
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