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Who got out the cheapest on a winter project bike?(28 posts)

Who got out the cheapest on a winter project bike?andy02
Jan 29, 2004 7:00 AM
No EP,pro deal, etc can count. Where, how and how much did you spend and is it finished. Post pics if possible.
Well, it wasn't me. Mine spiraled out of control...OffTheBack
Jan 29, 2004 7:19 AM
It was just going to be a new frame. Really. I got it cheap on eBay. But the fork it came with was kind of cheesy... and those new FSA K-wing bars sure look cool... and I might as well get the matching FSA stem... and this might be a good time to upgrade to carbon cranks... and my old seatpost is too short... can't mount my computer on the FSA bars, need a new one...

In the end, I ended up replacing everything but the shifters, brakes and derailleurs. Love the result though.
$1776.73 for a new Colnago DreamTrogon
Jan 29, 2004 7:54 AM
not particularly cheap, but cheap for what I got.

$1000 for the frame on eBay.
$699 for a most of a Chorus kit
$67 to convert an extra Velomax wheelset from Shimano to Campy.
$0 stem, post, seat, computer from my parts bin.
$6.95 for Benotto bar tape
$3.78 for cotton tape to go under the Benotto
$150 total, sans lightmdehner
Jan 29, 2004 8:08 AM
I started with a bike purchased at a yard sale, with the following "upgrades" made in the course of the SS conversion:

$5 for complete bicycle
$30 for used aluminum wheels
$10 for SS cog
$15 for handlebar tape
$25 for fenders
$15 for brake pads
$20 for new cables
$30 for new tires

Thought I was doing really well until I sprung for that Cateye Stadium 3, costing more than twice all of the above combined. The kid is ugly, but I love her.
How old does a part have to be not to count?Cory
Jan 29, 2004 10:04 AM
Actually this is from last winter, but I put fenders on it the other day, so I'm claiming it as this winter's project.
--Trek 620 tourer (Reynolds 531), $175 used about 10 years ago. It was my main ride for years.
--Nitto Mustache bar, $50 five years ago.
--B-17 saddle, showed up in the mail one day at work after I wrote a nostalgia column about Brooks. No idea who gave it to me.

--BMX freewheel $14.95
--4mm spacer $1
--Cotton bar tape $6.
--SKS fenders, bought two years ago for the Atlantis but never installed, about $30.

Built up into a nifty singlespeed that lives under the stairs at work and goes out in all weather. I maintain it with a garden hose and a bottle of Pro-Link.
Columbus SL Marinonidzrider
Jan 29, 2004 8:25 AM
Frame, fork & headset 157.50
Deore XT Cassette, Chain, Rder 105.00
D-Ace bar end shifters 45.00
nos Campy Front der 12.00
Centaur Bottom Bracket 30.00
Cables and Bar tape 8.00
San Marco Concor Saddle 17.00

Not as cheap as last year's Look fixie. I really like riding the bike and I'm using wheels, bars, stem, seatpost, brakes and pedals that used to be bike junk.
$ 300, hope this is allt5rguy
Jan 29, 2004 8:48 AM
Started out with a box full of C-Record, Croce d'Aune and Super Record, a Turbomatic 4 saddle, Chorus Look-style pedals and one rear wheel (Phil Wood on Open4CD). Got a Gazelle Champion Mondial AB frame (Reynolds 531C, probably 1990) for $ 110. I missed the C-Record brake levers (I tossed them in anger about 15 years ago, they were so completely useless) so I got a pair of Chorus 8 speed ergopowers secondhand; they have to work with the 7 speed freewheel that's on the rear wheel (!!) and the '87 Super Record brake calipers. That left the C-Record rd useless, so I got a Record 8 speed relatively cheap. Got a front wheel, OP/CD and Record, used. So that left me with new handlebars (Cinelli Altera) and a stem (3T Motus).
I really hope this is it with regard to new parts.

How shall I name the bike? 10-years-of-Campy-history?
How about free?PaulCL
Jan 29, 2004 9:07 AM
My new Tsunami was built up with parts purchased on EBAY. How was it free?? Before I bought the frame and the parts, I sold an old Colnago frame and some odds and ends parts. I used the proceeds to buy the Tsumani frame and components. I've had the wheels for years.

Built up with OP/Record wheels, Campy Veloce components and old parts like saddle, bars, stem, etc... I can't post a picture since I'm not at home. The total was about $750 not including the wheelset.

Probably not the cheapest but a pretty good dealMel Erickson
Jan 29, 2004 10:23 AM
for a ground up build with no parts from the parts bin.

I posted this before so here's the link.

Scroll down a ways for my list of costs. Total was $1,162.50
$140...convert to fixed gear.scary slow
Jan 29, 2004 10:45 AM
I spent $80 on a rear wheel and cog. I also bought about $60 of misc parts off ebay. My friends chipped in with a gift certificate for helping support a 24 hour event. That was used for a flite saddle. This bike is my new favorite and is making some of my other steeds feel somewhat neglected.
Great color! (nm)lampshade
Jan 29, 2004 11:19 AM
Jan 29, 2004 11:29 AM
All this talk of winter projects and SS/Fixie's has me all amped up to build my own now. So I put a bid on a 70's vintage, old-school steel frame on ebay right now. (and no, I won't give you the link) If I can win it, I'll be able to start building a SS/Fixie all my own :-p

Just don't tell my wife I'm getting another bike. She was none too happy about the mtb I bought before Thanksgiving. Although this one should be much cheaper.
That is truly sweet...The Walrus
Jan 29, 2004 12:08 PM
...great color, and the lack of graphics and hardware on the frame really makes it look sleek. Great job!
re: Not done yet...Mike Prince
Jan 29, 2004 12:02 PM
and far from the cheapest, but...

84 Trek lugged 531c frame - $93 (ebay)
Track wheelset (in process) - Surly track hub, Veloce front, MA3 rims - will be under $200
NOS old-school Shimano 105 Crank - $50 (ebay) - complete w/ biopace!
Ritchey Comp post - $15 (Excel)
Concor Saddle $30 (Excel)
42t round ring - $30 (Excel)
Icon bars - free
Dura-Ace stem - $15 (ebay)
Shimano 600 long reach sidepull - $70 (ebay)

Still a bit to buy, but this will be a sweeeet fixie by February.
On second thought.....scary slow
Jan 29, 2004 1:00 PM
I completely forgot about the titanium hardtail that I ordered a few weeks ago. I thought I got off light this winter with the fixed gear bike that I posted the picture of earlier that I built up for around $140. I ordered the hardtail through wrench science which so far has been a great experience. Hopefully it will arrive within the next week. That completely blows my winter bike expenditure.

BTW thanks for the compliments on the fixie. It is an awesome bike that has been a complete blast to ride. It has truly renewed my enthusisam for riding. No computer, no gears, no worries! The steel frame feels like a full suspension road bike compared to the aluminum jackhammer I have been riding for the past 2 years.
re: Who got out the cheapest on a winter project bike?torquecal
Jan 29, 2004 4:05 PM
I got off pretty good. Nashbar frame, 105 components (most of which I had on hand). About $300 invested until I put the new cranks on :-(
The crankset doubled the project costtorquecal
Jan 29, 2004 4:06 PM
How d'ya like that Frame?6was9
Jan 29, 2004 4:23 PM
Jan 29, 2004 4:34 PM
It fits me much better than a Trek 1200 from an LBS that did no fitting other than standover height.

Hard to tell comparative ride quality because the fit is so much better. Pretty sure I'll never get back on the 1200.
Not real cheap..oldbutslow
Jan 29, 2004 5:40 PM
but the result was worth the price of admission:

Fondriest Carb Level: 1300
Used Campy Group: 550
Thomson St Post: 60
Thomson Stem: 60
Bits and Pcs: 50

Voila, the best bike I have ever owned and worth every penny.
re: Who got out the cheapest on a winter project bike?rogue_CT1
Jan 29, 2004 5:40 PM
I can't call this project cheap at all. It's like a government program that just keeps spiralling out of control. Here's the specs:
Colnago C-50
Colnago Star fork
King headset
Deda Mag 00 stem
FSA K-Force carbon bars
Colnago carbon seatpost
Selle Italia SLR saddle
2004 Campagnolo Record ergo shifters, front and rear derailleurs and carbon cranks
Cane Creek 200SL brakes
Look CX-6 pedals
Wipperman Connex chain
Reynolds Stratus DV tubular wheels
Campagnolo Ti cassette

I have no idea on the cost, I'm afraid to even add it all up. I am waiting for the frame/fork they were ordered several months ago.

Here's a look at the paint scheme on the frame:
re: Who got out the cheapest on a winter project bike?rogue_CT1
Jan 29, 2004 5:43 PM
Well, the image didn't show up so here's a link to the frame.
duece an a quarter fer some new paint....Arnold Zefal
Jan 29, 2004 8:35 PM
Had to have the frame builder do a few tweaks (gratis), but I shelled out for the fresh paint job (still even as the 1st paint job was a freebie). Also bought a fresh pair of Veloflex Paves, and a new roll of white cork. Still be hittin' the bricks come spring under $300.

re: Who got out the cheapest on a winter project bike?gray8110
Jan 29, 2004 10:12 PM
Not Cheap at all but I only bought the frame & fork. I have virtually everything else coming from my old TT bike. I hope I have time to build it this weekend.

Frame $900
Fork $295
re: Who got out the cheapest on a winter project bike?gray8110
Jan 29, 2004 10:16 PM
Doh.. forgot about the bars.. :) They were spendy too and I'll leave it at that.
I built down my hardtail/rigid fork mtb into a sshrv
Jan 30, 2004 7:44 AM
No pics, only cost was new chainring and bmx cog, no tensioner needed. Oh yeah, got some nice fenders. Gel handlebar tape also. Let's see, what else....Not even $100 with everything.

What gearing did you go with??racerx
Jan 30, 2004 12:39 PM
I am thinking about doing the same thing but have no clue what to use.
42 x 18 on the road, soon to be 16.hrv
Jan 30, 2004 1:18 PM
Very hilly here. 42 x 16 will be plenty, esp. on rides of 50+ miles. My drop outs have 'some' horizontal to them, so it works without a tensioner, but I am somewhat limited in what gearing I can use because of it.

Will start riding the trails with something like a 32 x 16, and see how that goes. Since the trails here are like climbing freakin' walls, might have to change my thinking...

Long term goal of doing the cross races on the ss. Have to find some drop bars, or just take the bar ends off, except climbings going to suck without them.

The best part for me was the simplicity: just took all the extraneous crap off, threw on the new chainring/cog, adjusted the chain, see ya! You might need a tensioner, but why introduce any more complexities. Don't plan on putting a bike computer on, don't care, I know I'm going slow uphill, and I know I'm spinning like mad going down!
Embrace the low tech!