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What did you spend on your bike?

Old 08-19-07, 11:17 AM
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I bought a fixie beater SR for $125 last year. Rode the **** out of it till the rim cracked. Just bought:
new wheels CXP22 Mavic rims with formula hubs for $150
chainring rocket ring and dura ace cog for $40
chain and front tire for $10
rear gatorskin tire for $35
overhauling the bottom bracket today at Sports Chalet for about $30
few $$ here and there for rim tape, tubes, bar wrap
got the lockring free from a friend
and im going to a bike junkyard to find some drops

TOTAL: ~$400 OMG I didn't even realize I spent that much!!!!

But yea these past few weeks without my bike has been pretty depressing. Which is why im opting for taking my bike to sports chalet to do the BB overhaul rather than buy the tools and parts and do it myself. I'm getting so antsy not being able to ride my baby. I want my bike to be finished now!

But I heard people said the IROBFSSFG group buy was only $150. Is that with frame and fork? Damn when is that going on again. I would like to pick one of those up!
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Old 08-19-07, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by macka_fat View Post
good parts cost that big cash. this forum is full of people talking about sweet phil woods and chris kings and sugino 75's and brooks or whatever... when you do a fat build, that **** costs dough. is it worth it? probably. cars are way expensive, plus 50 a tank and 100 in insurace a month. drop that dough on your bike. You love it right? You're on a forum talking about it so i'm sure you do. my bike was 1500, no corners cut. and I ride it like a mother****er. Spend your cash. get a good ass lock. get renter's insurance in case it gets jacked. build the best bike you can afford.
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Old 08-19-07, 01:04 PM
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Peugeot conversion: too much. 75 for the actual bike, 100 for new rear wheel, 130 for philBB(which i'm moving over to my pista i think), 70 or whatever for IRO cranks, 20 for 14t EAI cog, 25 for Surly 18t cog, 10 for lockring, 40 for GR-9's, clips, and straps.

Pista: 330 for used pista, 10 for specialized S-works bars, 6 for tube cutter(), 10 for oury grips.
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Old 08-19-07, 01:13 PM
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Marinoni conversion, too much. CAD $150 frame, $100 2 stage powdercoat, $300 wheelset, $120 Brooks Pro, $20 nos esge gold fenderzz, $80 600 crankset, $50 600 headset, $30 shimano un bb, $20 3ttt stem, $60 alize chainring, $20 khs zh chain, $50 surly cog and lr, $15 sugino chainring bolts, $40 DA seat post, $60 nitto noodles, $40 tektro levers, $15 gum hoods, $40 tigger brake caliper, $80 racelite hard case tires. Total cost was about cad 1200, but i just added it up on my fingers so that might not be right. Up here a new khs flite or pista goews for $750-800 but that price was still a little high. I'm a schmuck for buying so much stuff retail I guess. Good thing i have an awesome bike to console myself with.

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Old 08-19-07, 01:57 PM
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c'mon folks, we gota see the pics too of your rides please. I hate reading about a bike without looking at it as well.
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Old 08-19-07, 02:13 PM
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Iro Jamie Roy: 700 + whatever i spent on pedals and powergrips
Since this was my first fixed gear bike I wanted to make sure everything was put together right and the IRO stock parts are more than adequate for my needs. Also I like being able color coordinate without having it be a pain in the neck and IRO makes that easy.

Trek 5200: probably near $1500 now
Bought used, put on new wheels/stem/saddle
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Old 08-19-07, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by lamalex View Post
Headset would either be an IRD or a Chris King, and the wheel set would be Miche's laced to Deep-Vs. Thoughts?
Get the and frame don't waste money on the bling. If you are serious about the track maybe pick up the $140 formula/reflex wheels and then just use what you have for day to day riding.
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Old 08-19-07, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by dutret View Post
Get the and frame don't waste money on the bling. If you are serious about the track maybe pick up the $140 formula/reflex wheels and then just use what you have for day to day riding.
You get what you pay for. Chris King headset is not bling in the long run. You will have that headset for multiple frames.
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Old 08-19-07, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
You get what you pay for. Chris King headset is not bling in the long run. You will have that headset for multiple frames.
You could potentially say that about every part on a bike. There are always better, more expensive brands to choose. That doesnt mean you should buy em all or can.
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Old 08-19-07, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
You get what you pay for. Chris King headset is not bling in the long run. You will have that headset for multiple frames.
But I thought steel frames became heirlooms?

Maybe if this was 1990 you might have a point but a bit of looking and $30 will get you something that functions just as well these days. Chris king like phil wood used to make a product that was so much more durable then anything else that it was worth the money. Since then everyone else has caught up and you're mainly buying bling. I've never had to replace or known anyone who has had to replace a decent cartridge headset and with the constantly changing headset standards I don't think buying someting with the plan of moving it around is a great idea.

The OP will be best served with a headset that costs a fraction of the CK. It will work just as well and he can feel good about saving the extra money. It may come in handy for rings, cogs and entry fees if he actually does start racing.
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Old 08-19-07, 03:03 PM
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It adds up.. I'm nearing completion on my mid-budget conversion. What I found was that all the small details add a lot to the final cost.
  • $90 used old fuji
  • $14 new brake pads
  • $5 brake cable
  • $13 chain
  • $160 mavic cxp22's with formula hubs
  • $35 crank
  • $25 bottom bracket
  • $7 crank bolts
  • $5 chainring bolts
  • $18 rocket ring
$372 In stuff I had to buy
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  • I used the lockring and cog from my other bike, otherwise that would have been another 30-40.
  • used tubes/tires from another bike $40
  • pedals/clips/toestraps from another bike $20
$100 Parts I was able to take from my used parts bin
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  • $50 seat
  • $18 seatpost
  • $30 drop bars
  • $10 new brake lever
$108 Dollars in parts I've yet to buy

So my conversion will cost $580 total; and that is with nothing fancy. Spending money where it needs to be spend, and few frills..

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Old 08-19-07, 03:14 PM
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honestly, prices for track bikes are deceiving. when looking at full retail cost for any other bike, you really need to spend at least 700-800 to get something that isn't crappy, and for a road bike, probably more in the 1,200 range.

if you can appreciate the intrinsic value of nice parts you've never had before, do it. though, when i was doing my first "big money" track build, i didn't go all out on everything. i did make sure to have a nice wheelset built up, and also got some sugino 75's. after riding that bike for a while now, destroying that wheelset (in two poorly timed accidents), running my backup wheelset from lots of wear and tear (including two winters and bike polo), which are now pretty ****ed, i still have those cranks, and i've picked up some decent replacement parts along the way (thomson post, salsa stem, azonic bars). however, when it comes to these parts, do not pay full retail if you can. something like a thomson is going to last forever, and there are enough out there that someone is probably selling one. sugino 75's can be had rather easily for half their retail.. etc.

All in all, I'd say try to get as much out of that money as you can. There is nothing wrong with riding a thousand dollar bike on the street every day, riding a nice bike is a good feeling. and with a track bike, you can still make it look ****ty enough to lock up. also, when you consider some of the costs people incur MTB'ing, it doesn't even come close. I just got a new mtb that retails for almost 3k, though it was a pro-deal so I didn't spend nearly as much... it was still more than my track bike.
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Old 08-19-07, 03:41 PM
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I spent alot on parts but I ride almost everyday since I my bike is my car. While to some it is a foolish thing to do, I feel that when you buy parts that are quality and last, it outweighs the cost after a while. Also I feel that the cost of a bike can't compare to the maintenance of car. There is no insurance, gas, or expensive parts you have to replace. I figure that in a year you can buy 2 or more bike with the amount you spend on a car. I saved over $500 dollars last school year by riding my bike almost everyday by not riding the bus (mind you bus fair was $1.75 not $2.00) so this went into buying parts. You get a workout, have fun, get where you need to go, and contribute less to the Earth's pollution.

Cannondale: This is my main ride now that I have a brake on it


Frame - $650 (but came complete with full Suntour Superbe Grupo)
Aerospokes - $225 front (off ebay), $325 rear ($550)
Time Attack XS pedals - $56 (off ebay)
Carbon Fork Special - $150 (came with HS, spacers, stem, and time trial levers)
Brake - $20
Brooks Pro - $62 (off ebay new)
Total - $1488

Conversion: This is my do it all bike and lockup bike
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Some parts were a transfer from my 1st fixie (saddle, cranks, stem)
Frame - $200 (brand new)
HS - $50
Front Deep V - $72 with a hub transfer from old wheel ($42 for rim, $30 for labor)
Rear Deep V - $175 ($45 for formula hub, $70 for rim, $60 for spokes and labor)
Total - $497

Zullo (Old Davy) is getting sold and all parts on it were a transfer of parts from the other frames
Complete - $350 (Campy Record Hubs and Crankset)


My first Fixie that got me started but is no more due to a frame dent from a crash - $400 off ebay


Pac Bag: This is what I consider to complete my "car" so this is my "trunk" and I feel it is a worthy investment. It does all my heavy duty carrying and has worked very well.

http://flickr.com/photos/7435668@N07...7600192753850/
$400

Grand Total - $3135

There still is more $ involved due to other parts bought as well but there has been a mix of trades and selling involved as well.

Base price of a decent used car (excluding gas and insurance) - $3,000-$5,000

So that's my excuse for spending so much even though you get alot back as well.

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Old 08-20-07, 02:06 AM
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i just bought my own bike: giant bowery for $200. only thing i've spent on it so far is new tubing.
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Old 08-20-07, 03:36 AM
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about 1k, my bridgestone is going to cost a bit more...
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Old 08-20-07, 04:24 AM
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Around $600 I guess... and it's a conversion with an $80 alu frame+fork.

I'm not sure if you already ride a fg. If you do and love it, go ahead and sink your surplus money into a nice bike, I say.
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Old 08-20-07, 05:20 AM
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What'd I spend? Too much. If I would have bought the Aerospoke I wanted for the rear, far too much. Still not done though...almost. ALMOST I SAY!!!!
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Old 08-20-07, 06:20 AM
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~$450.

Giant Bowery, added clipless pedals and changed the stem. Chainguard still on and and everything.

I don't plan to upgrade unless a part is worn.
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Old 08-20-07, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by LóFarkas View Post
Around $600 I guess... and it's a conversion with an $80 alu frame+fork.

I'm not sure if you already ride a fg. If you do and love it, go ahead and sink your surplus money into a nice bike, I say.
Yeah, I ride fixed everyday. My bike is my primary form of transportation. My crappy current bike is getting old so I'm looking to upgrade.
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Old 08-20-07, 08:35 AM
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that's such a dope build! how much is that altogether?
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Old 08-20-07, 12:59 PM
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i LOVE that frame. its beautiful. can i have it?
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Old 08-20-07, 01:52 PM
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Creepy, I just added everything but the original frame, it's $666. Oops, forgot the basket and fenders:
+ $18+ $55 = $739 plus an old, lugged steel road frame. Too much? To some, hell yeah. To me it's a lot, but it brings me pleasure and gets me around. Oh, and it's shiny, don't forget shiny.

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Originally Posted by HelluvaStella View Post
Creepy, I just added everything but the original frame, it's $666. Oops, forgot the basket and fenders:
+ $18+ $55 = $739 plus an old, lugged steel road frame. Too much? To some, hell yeah. To me it's a lot, but it brings me pleasure and gets me around. Oh, and it's shiny, don't forget shiny.

that's a good looking bike
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Considering the frame would be about $1800 new and the wheels about $650 - $700 depending on where you get them built, I wouldn't have been able to afford this bike unless my friends gave me such great deals.

-Saddle $50 ebay
-Stem had it
-Grips - had them left over from my khs
-bars - ditto
-seatpost - had it from my iro
-pedals - left over from older build

All I really spent monies on was the crankset, toestraps, frame and fork [came with HS, BB and binder bolt]

I baby it.

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