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Winter Project: Kuwahara Touring Frame Build up

Old 09-09-10, 09:11 AM
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Winter Project: Kuwahara Touring Frame Build up

A couple weeks ago, I won an Ebay auction for a Kuwahara Touring frame from the early 80s. The frame arrived in good condition and I'm looking forward to building it up into a decent touring bike for next season (I'm intending to relegate my Aurora to full time commuting duty or I may sell it because I think the frame is a bit small.) I have a long term perspective on this as I don't have the cash to build it up all at once. But I'm kinda planning things out...

I don't necessarily have a budget yet, but I'm budget conscious and a quick search and adding thing to my cart including a wheelset, a drive train without derailleurs yet, handlebars, seatpost, shifters, brakes and cables came in at about $700, figure $800 with the derailleurs I'll need. This is before fenders, racks, tires etc. Does this seem reasonable for a touring build-up budget? Am I cheaping out on this (granted, I haven't listed any specific componentry)? What should I expect to spend and what is reasonable to spend on a touring build?

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Do you have a headset and stem for this bike?

If you hit the end-of-season clearance sales right, you can probably get it done for $800. If you don't already have a number of these parts, you'll probably need to go with a lower-end drivetrain, maybe 8-speed shifters, nicer if you can find it for cheap. You can get a good wheelset for $300 or so. If you need to hire a little help to build the bike (like prepping the frame), you'll need to budget for that work too.

The most important thing is to get a full list of what you have now and what you need to put this bike together. The most expensive part is the part that you didn't plan to get.
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I'd begin your search by buying a really nice set of wheels that fits the frame right, with cost being only a minor concern. Good wheels are very important. Once you have those, slowly trawl your local craigslist, ebay and any other resources you have at your disposal (Bike co-ops and the like) getting the parts. You can build bikes on tiny budgets that way. Certain concesions will save you a lot of money (friction bar ends over STI, lightly used over new).
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Frame Build up

Seems like a reasonable amount for a budget build. I am doing a similar thing right now I expect to pay more. I see my bikes as an investment based on the past I build them up about every 10 years and I ride them pretty regularly. So for me it is reasonable to think $200 or more per year over 10 years. If I buy quality now it is less likely I will need to replace it latter. Last build due to my finances I went cheap and about 5 years in the components started to fail. I ended up replacing things which in the end cost me more if I spent the money up front. Quality hubs, bottom brackets, headsets, and wheel builds, will need less service and are less likely to fail.
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