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So I'm building up a bike and I need advice...(5 posts)

So I'm building up a bike and I need advice...Ahimsa
Mar 5, 2003 7:05 PM
Here's the deal:

I have bought used bikes in the past with decent parts and maybe upgraded here or there.

I have bought bikes fully equiped and brand new and done the same thing.

But I have never bought a frame from a builder and collected all the parts for it from the ground up.

That is until now.

I have the frame, fork, crankset, chain, cogset, headset, wheels, and BB.

I need everything else. I would have bought a kit, but most of these parts were bought previously for another bike so I already had them on hand. All I added was the frame and fork from the builder.

So now I'm at the point where I'm paying retail for the rest of it all piece by piece. Yeah, I know, poor baby, right? But I'm wondering, is there a better way? Will anyone sell me a "kit" so to speak that will net me some savings and allow me to customize it for the parts I want and the parts I don't need?

I know this is probably a shot in the dark , but I figured someone here might have some option for me besides throwing a hefty chunk of change at an online retailer. Better to ask then not.

Thanks in advance,


Ebay (nm)mdo
Mar 5, 2003 8:14 PM
Many have done this.Mel Erickson
Mar 5, 2003 8:24 PM
Buy a kit, keep what you want and sell what you don't need. That way you get the discount price of a kit for those parts you keep and get a fair amount back for those you sell. You should come out okay this way.
ChucksbikesEl Kabong
Mar 6, 2003 6:06 AM
Check out If you're not too fussy about things matching, he has very good prices. I got an order last night with a NOS DuraAce front derailleur and some Tektro brakes. The brakes are an Ultegra copy, and I am very impressed with the quality of construction -- at about half the price of the name brand.

El K.
not sure if he'd be 100% game, but you might call GVH. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 6, 2003 7:11 AM