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building a bike(5 posts)

building a bikelilgeerts72
Feb 18, 2002 12:27 PM
I am going to be purchasing my first road bike in the coming months. I was browsing through ebay and noticed a large amount of frames for sale. Is it a good idea to buy a frame and build up my bike or buy a complete bike to start out. I don't have much experience in building a bike up. Also, is it economical to go that route since i am a college student on a limited budget. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
Ever wonder why all those frames are for sale?Spoke Wrench
Feb 18, 2002 12:42 PM
One reason is that people take all of the parts off of them to build something else. One of my mechanics and myself, for example, bought a new bike, shared the components, and basically threw the frame away. While there are exceptions, as a general rule, the cheapest way to buy bike parts is bolted onto a frame.

If, as you say, you lack experience, I suspect you would have difficulty buying the right parts to build yourself a suitable bike inexpensively.
If economics are the issue...jtolleson
Feb 18, 2002 1:27 PM
you'll definitely do best purchasing a complete bike, used. Buying a frame and a gruppo usually doesn't save money except at the highest price point, especially when you are dealing with used stuff and need everything from wheels to seatpost, plus a standard component gruppo.

My thought is to watch the classifieds.
Worked for me, but not generally economicalcory
Feb 18, 2002 2:54 PM
When I built my Atlantis, I paid $950 for the frame and built it up mostly with parts I had around. Ended up with about $1300 (of "new" money) in a bike that would have cost $2000 or so from Rivendell--but I had decent-quality stuff in the garage, and stole my best wheels off another bike before I sold it. If you're just starting, it will almost certainly cost you more to do it that way.
That's not to say you shouldn't, especially if you're willing and able to shop around and wait for clearances. I'd do it again. But it's not usually cheaper.
Buy used?Kerry Irons
Feb 18, 2002 4:32 PM
You never say how much money you want to spend or what you want to use the bike for, but unless you're planning on spending well over $1K, you'd be better off to buy a used bike for the first pass. For a "high hundreds" price, you can get a one or two year old bike with some really nice features.