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Old 06-07-13, 10:45 AM
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Let's see your beater SSFG

If you have any beater SSFG bikes that you built up for next to nothing please post here. Mine is a Vilano that I pieced together for a total of $54, which was the cost of the frameset in an eBay auction including shipping. All the other parts were takeoffs from other bikes that I upgraded and used parts that were just gathering dust. The frame is definitely too big for me, but was the smallest available so I have to be careful with my dismounts. I use it when I go somewhere that it might get stolen or damaged.

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Old 06-07-13, 10:58 AM
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It's always evolving because I keep finding new stuff in the trash:

Last year (fixed):





As it looks now (single speed):



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Old 06-07-13, 11:01 AM
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IDK Scrod. That bike looks way too nice to be called a beater.
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It looks much nicer on the internet.

I found the bike in the trash in my neighborhood and it looked like it had been backed over by a car - the left chainstay and seatstay were pushed in slightly and the rear wheel was a taco with a bunch of broken spokes. The fork is also slightly bent. The rest of the parts literally came from assorted other trash finds and unwanted used/junk parts laying around the shop. It was originally set up with a suicide hub (yes, brakeless) that I would intentionally try to kill and the damn cog never budged. After riding a few miles coming home from the beach with a flat tire on the day that top pic was taken because I was too lazy to stop and fix it, the rim was all sorts of messed up so I threw on a rear wheel that I found near another local shop's dumpster and made it single speed because I had a freewheel sitting here that had come off some kid's BMX.

The only thing I actually spent money on was the Vuelta Pista crankset after I snapped the stock SR nds crank arm, which was a whopping 32 bucks at dealer cost.

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Old 06-07-13, 11:17 AM
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Bridgestone Kabuki... only out of pocket cost was the wheels and tyres.



1951 CCM... dumpster bike built up with spares.



Peugeot AO8... my bar bike that will soon be converted to a fixed gear from a coaster set up.

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I don't know that I would call any of the bikes so far beaters.. still a fun thread though.
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Here is an actual beater.... Started its life as one of those target bikes... And as it stands, its not all that far from one... I havent ridden it all that much so far (mostly ridden by my dad when he comes for a visit) so it is still bright and shiny...

I realize there are some obvious issues with matching, angles, etc. etc.

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I can play this game.

Frame + fork cost $10, the rest came of throw-out heaps.
The only bike I own with flat pedals. Found out by accident that it can run a magic ratio, good thing seeing as the hanger threads are stripped.
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(yes its fixed)

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Do overs



Better?
But then again it's not SSFG .
Besides the saddle and stem I didn't pay a dime for anything else.

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(yes its fixed)
I still love that thig.


This is what happens when your beater becomes your favorite:
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Better?
But then again it's not SSFG .
Besides the saddle and stem I didn't pay a dime for anything else.
Dude, I was questioning this bike right when I laid eyes on that saddle.
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Here's my beater... built off of an old frame I got for $20 on CL and rounded out with leftover parts I had in the basement. This thing was my first foray into FG riding. It's now for sale on CL, and the proceeds will help fund a better build.


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threw some platforms on for easy breezy ss commuting. some bikes above a quite nice for beaters tho.

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threw some platforms on for easy breezy ss commuting. some bikes above a quite nice for beaters tho.

That's exactly what I'd say about yours... it looks really good.
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This is what happens when your beater becomes your favorite:
yep

started as this (beat up wheels, free frame, spare parts) new saddle and pedals though.


ended up a little something like this (fresh built wheels, sought out new/used parts)

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Those vintage Centurions were definitely good bikes with midgrade lugged steel frames. Definitely well above beater quality.
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picked up a two-tone Pake Rum Runner frame for $99 new an threw on whatever extra parts i had in the garage. a great ride.

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peugeot conversion. haven't accumulated a stock piles of parts yet - had to buy rear wheel + cranks - still beater status.

had to invest in a proper saddle though
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My only fixie, came pre rattle painted, I added the tacky reflective tape. Definitely a beater.
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Rain bike, what what. And with a terrible cell phone pic, but I don't think it's worth it to go out with my camera and take a glamour shot.
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Here is an actual beater.... Started its life as one of those target bikes... And as it stands, its not all that far from one... I havent ridden it all that much so far (mostly ridden by my dad when he comes for a visit) so it is still bright and shiny...

I realize there are some obvious issues with matching, angles, etc. etc.
How does your dad make it stop?
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He can skid like a pro and is a track stand champion on the side....

OR

I took this picture before I put the deathtrap brakes on for him...
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it was my polo bike, but I sold it last week because I wanted to fund a cx build before the season started up.
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