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I need help building a bike.(5 posts)

I need help building a bike.inddracer
Apr 11, 2003 1:30 PM
I talked my girlfriend into training/doing a triatholon with me in July. She hasn't ridden much before but said if she could get a road bike she would ride/train with me so I'm working on building her one as cheaply as possible.
First of all...any opinions on Nashbar's road frame? $150 for frame/fork/headset. Or chucksbikes.com's Tsunami frame for $85?
Secondly if anyone has any of the following they don't need (looking for lower quality because our budget is minimal, unless you have unreal deals):
-50cm frame/fork(her inseam is 28.5 in...is this the right size?)
-drop bars (width isn't too picky)
-aero levers (whats dif. between aero and non?)
-shifters(going w/shimano and prolly can't afford sti so DT is fine)
-front derailler
-crank/rings

I'm not really setting it up for "Tri only" but mainly a decent road bike to enjoy riding and the occasional "fun" race. Please e-mail me with any help..and thanks a lot!!!
Blake
re: I need help building a bike.brider
Apr 11, 2003 2:03 PM
Just buy a complete bike off e-bay, or look at your local classifieds. Make her first experience as enjoyable as possible, and don't try to just cobble something together for the sake of doing it yourself or trying to cheap out. Especially if you'd like her to gain any sort of love for the sport.
I have some parts...ss-nyc
Apr 11, 2003 2:45 PM
I was going to build up the same Nashbar frame but got lucky and sold my MTB first so I ended up getting something better but now have some extra parts. I just sold my 9-speed downtube shifters on eBay but still have the following parts left because it is too late to return them:

Nashbar 42cm single groove handlebar
Nashbar 27.2 road seatpost (would fit thier frame and many others)

Shimano RX100 brake calipers and levers
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=27949&item=3600657803&rd=1

I have not relisted the brake/lever set yet becasue of all the holidays but maybe we can work something out for all of the above mentioned parts. Contact me via eBay from my feedback page:
http://cgi2.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback&userid=open-4-sale

You should also buy as much as you can from Nashbar at one time to save money by using the current 20% of coupon that is in the hot deals section but it ends on Monday.

Hope this helps!
Go used insteadKerry
Apr 11, 2003 3:35 PM
Find yourself a 3-4 year old bike on the used market (make sure it fits). You'll end up with a much better bike for the same money, and everything will work. When you go the "cobble it up" route, you run the risk of having a semi-permanent kludge. This is NOT the way to get your GF fired up about cycling.
Unused road bikes are a dime a dozen.Spoke Wrench
Apr 12, 2003 5:34 AM
I'd tell everyone I know who rides bikes that I'm looking for a 50cm road bike for my girlfriend. My bet is that, if you ask enough people, you can get a whole, useable quality bike for $150.00.