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3 Questions 2 easy 1 longTNRyder
Jan 31, 2004 6:59 PM
1 On Ebay, what does NOS mean?

2 What is a "blog"?

3. I am considering buying a frame and building up a bike for something to do over the winter months (year) up here in ND. If anyone has some advice on what to look for in frames, good resources for parts on the cheap (outside of Ebay) I am all ears. Right now I have an extra wheelset and I am looking at building with mostly Ultegra parts. For the seatpost, stem, handlebars and such, I will probably go with what I can pick up for just a few $$ but still have quality. Any advice is appreciated as I have never done this before. And don't try to scare me away with how technical or hard it can be (LBS) I fix planes for a living, I think that I can route a der cable. Although I can be too lazy too if the weather is nice enough to ride!
re: 3 Questions 2 easy 1 longArnold Zefal
Jan 31, 2004 8:38 PM
1. new old stock

2.,3. yer on yer own
re: 3 Questions 2 easy 1 longSpoiler
Jan 31, 2004 9:04 PM
For frames, you want to know whether it has a sloping top tube or traditional horizonatal top tube. The sizing on compact frames can be confusing. You also want to know what the rear dropout spacing is. This will tell you whether you can use 6,7,8, or 9 speed system without spreading the rear triangle. You also want to know what size and threading the bottom bracket is. An old frame might have bb threading that makes it hard or impossible to find a cheap bottom bracket. Some older frames might not have two water bottle bosses.
re: 3 Questions 2 easy 1 longBonked
Jan 31, 2004 10:53 PM
1. for a definition, it is old stock (ex. a 1988 campy derailleur) that has never been used...i.e. "new."

3. i can't fix sh!t and i can put a bike together! it really isn't hard at all and all the info you need is at www.parktool.com...i wouldn't even buy a book. i just did the same thing (bought a bike on ebay) and have a couple of suggestions. 1) look around and track prices for a while so that you know what a good price is. for example, i bought a new pair of pedals for $110 and someone else paid $140 for a used pair right around the same time! 2) start looking soon...prices will probably go up as the riding season gets closer. 3) look for bikes other than the standards everyone looks for...i.e. trek, cannondale, colnago, etc. they are harder to find but, if you know what you want, you can get a sweet deal. i bought a $2100 frame slightly used for $500 b/c not many people knew what kind of bike it was. i'd personally check for gios and fondriest.

good luck!
re: 3 Questions 2 easy 1 longPjkad
Feb 1, 2004 7:12 AM
"blog" is short for weblog. These are sites individuals put up to give their own commentary on whatever subject they want on a daily basis. Sort of a diary made public. Here's an example: http://www.lessig.org/blog/
re: 3 Questions 2 easy 1 longBrianU
Feb 1, 2004 9:00 AM
I am going to assume that you are already familiar enough with roadbikes, to have some idea what size frame, stem and other parts you want. If not, make sure you you get this figured out before buying anything.
I think the best advise I can give you is to be careful on ebay. I consistently see people bid on items that I could find cheaper at some place on-line. I tried for months to buy a Thomson seatpost on ebay, but more than a few knuckeheads would always drive the bid up to more than what I could buy it new. New and used ones. Amazing.
Check it out for yourself. For example, look at anything Chris King, Thomson or even Speedplay Frog pedals. I am not saying that there is not good deals to be found on ebay, just be careful. If there is something particular that you are looking for, check back here first to see if anyone knows where there are good deals. Also, the classifieds are a great place to check daily. That way, you do not end up like those dumbasses that bid $60 on a "as new" Thomson seatpost.

Brian