- my first bike build .. GT for a runabout
That’s lovely! I built up something very similar with a 1999 GT Timberline. Powder coated it black, and built it up with bits I had kicking about. Old pace carbon forks, singlespeed. The whole thing came in at under £100 including the powder coating. It ended up doing more miles than any other bike
Must dig a picture outPosted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
Kev – the frame cost me £11 off eBay. I couldn’t believe it. It was really tatty, but still. It was a proper brazed Reynolds 525 frame! I think all I paid for was a new headset, cranks, saddle and grips. Just goes to show how much stuff ends up just sat in your garage!
There’s something that makes building a bike like that even more rewarding than some uber-bling superbike 🙂Posted 4 years ago
frame is an old 1998 alu GT resprayed
forks are steel from an old 2006 Inbred
Mavic CrossRide wheels and LX crank came from my XTC
brake and saddle donated by a mate for very small cost
handlebars found in my shed
the rest I sourced from ‘tinternet and bike shop
frame head set and forks. Never fitted headset cups before, I did it using the kitchen side board for support, the chopping board and a hammer
bought a stem and spacers, fitted some handlebars I found in the shed, put the saddle on and some old wheels to see what it would look like
grips and brake fitted
bottom bracket in, crank, pedals and chainring fitted
chain and tensioner on plus Mavic Wheels with SS kit
finished bike and the cat.Posted 4 years ago
nice one binners, yup. I really can’t see myself building an uber bling bike, no need, but I’m tempted to start building others like this. I’ll do at least 10miles a day on it for work, shopping and pub duties. I could use it for cross country just by swapping the tyres and fitting a 36t chainring but I’ve two other bikes for that anyway. It’s running 42t/16 at the mo for road.
here’s what it looked like when I picked it up off a mate, it had been hanging up in his garage since 2006..,
Posted 4 years agoyossarianMember
I’m halfway through a recycle build too. I’ve got a 2002 Kona Caldera frame to powdercoat and some on one rigid forks, just need some cheap disks now and then can finish it off. Total cost should be under 250.
My last cheapie cost less than a hundred quid, handsome dog frame and specialized steel forks off here for £35! just about to retire it after circa 20,000 commuter miles over 7 years. Total bargain.Posted 4 years ago
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