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    Post your "cheap bike"! (sub $200)

    Post your cheap bikes! Sometimes, the cheapest ones can be your favorite ones and the most useful. Let's see those craigslist finds and Walmart specials!

    My old one (and regretting I sold it): 1997 Gary Fisher Aquila. CroMo frame, STXRC shifters. Bought from a friend for $180 and rode it for 8 years before it started to need more love than I wanted to give. Sold it for $120...and now I want it back.




    My current foul weather commuter/beater/kid trailer hauler/grocery getter everything bike: 1989 Fuji Tahoe. $50 on Craigslist, $20 platforms, $20 fenders, $40 in tires = $130. Only had it for a couple weeks, but so far I like it! Rides pretty well and I don't mind riding it in the rain or leaving it locked up for hours at a time.

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    Does it have to be a mountain bike?

    Bought it for $95 via Craig's List. It's been my commuter since Fall of '08. Very few things on it match, now. The shifters don't match, the wheels aren't even the same size as each other, and I replaced the stock chain rings with some smaller ones, again mismatched. But it does the job, and does it better than any of my nice bikes can.


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    This one, I bought for a bit more, from a shop. It still had its 2x5 drivetrain at the time. The parts on that proved to be pretty worn, so I started throwing things out and ended up with this. Once I substituted a 20t BMX freewheel for the multispeed freewheel pictures, I had a reliable, surprisingly sporty ride. I kicked myself for selling it for only $160 - I didn't realize that throwing out the drivetrain would actually add value.


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    Nope, I think it can be any bike. After that video of a guy doing trials riding on a carbon fiber road bike, I think any bike can be considered "mountain". Nice rides, I especially like the first one, it looks like a tough utilitarian piece of equipment.
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    Was helping a buddy move and saw this sad ugly beast laying in the backyard rusting away. He's like....you want it?

    Free bike!





    put six bucks into it for cables. Solid bar hop bike now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    My old one (and regretting I sold it): 1997 Gary Fisher Aquila. CroMo frame, STXRC shifters. Bought from a friend for $180 and rode it for 8 years before it started to need more love than I wanted to give. Sold it for $120...and now I want it back.
    Sweet Aquila!! That's the bike that really got me into the sport. I was sold on the lime green with white tires(which subsequently turned to a reddish clay color).

    Here is one of my current cheap bikes, that I like to cruise on....

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    My Aquila also got me into the sport. I was surprised at how smooth everything worked, and really only hated the fork, which was little better (or maybe worse) than a good steel fork. Everything else on the bike lasted until I wore out the drive train. I should have put another $150 into replacing cranks/cassette/chain, but I sold it to buy my 29er. Ah well, it got me into a killer bike with hydraulic brakes and my first air fork...but I still want it back!
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    Specialized Superlight full suspension bike… well, the frame and fork were acquired for less than $200.00, in fact, I traded some Belgian ale and some strong strong microbrew (650 and 750ml bottles) for them. The bike has seen 1st place finishes in Downieville and the Sea Otter Classic, as well as other races. I bought a piece of history for BEER!!! I guess I need to take pictures of it now (I finished building it up last night).
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    This is what I bought to try the smooth side of riding. I have about $200 in it now (maybe a little over, I have lost track!). Originally a "12 spd", it now has a XT 8 spd cassette (parts bin), working just fine with the downtube shifters. I did have my LBS spread the reardrop outs so a modern road hub fits without a fight. I now have a set of Mavic Aksiums (bought brand new for $125!!!) on it now in place of the "after" pictured Bontrager Race wheelset (wife stole those! Lol (bought for $50.00, mint condition)), and a different saddle.

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    Found in a neighbors trash can, spent $80 to powder coat it, the rest I got from friends parts bin

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    Found this on Craigslist a couple weeks ago and got to it first.
    It's a '83 Stumpjumper Sport. Everything but the seat and tires are original and in excellent condition! I got it for $60!
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    Score! I saw one of those hanging in a bike shop the other day, for its historical importance.
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    dude, lugged stumpy??? That's an awesome find!
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    Seriously! I couldn't tell what year it was from the craigslist photos. When we met and I saw the Araya rims and the serial number started with M3, I was pretty exited! I played the "oh man, that things pretty old and needs new tires. Would ya take $60?"

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    My Cheap MTB...

    Diggin' the Stumpy.

    Picked this up last month - might keep it, might not. It's a 1993 Sworks Team M2 - metal matrix aluminum frame. Still a work in progress. Next I'm going to find a decent wheelset for it.


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    i will try to snap a better pic later, but here is my F400 single-speed. i am right at $200 into this one.


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    From a rusty pile of parts back into a proper machine. Tires, tubes, cables, housings, tape, cage and a seat. Rattle cans, and tape. Elbow grease and real grease. About $110.
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    Cast-of from the trash bin of a bike shop.Covered in grime and stickers with a tacoed front wheel. rub, scrub, new cables, housings, chain, tubes and brake pads. Stuff from my parts bin. I don't remember where I got the wheel. About $35.

    I rode this for an entire week of my YMCA Kids MTB camp.
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    I'm cheap. Aside from my main bike, most of my bikes are in this price range.

    The Schwinn Moab I built up for my daughter out of a dumpster dive frame and parts in my garage.

    The 21lb Marin was built from a frame given to me by my brother-in-law and parts from my garage. Had to buy the fork from a shop and the XTR cantilever brakes from a shop.

    The Bridgestone was a classified find locally.

    Schwinn Cruiser was built from a frame I found and parts that were scavenged from friends' and shops' scrap piles over the past 25 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman
    Sweet Aquila!! That's the bike that really got me into the sport. I was sold on the lime green with white tires(which subsequently turned to a reddish clay color).

    Here is one of my current cheap bikes, that I like to cruise on....

    <a href="https://s474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Ncfisherman/?action=view&amp;current=hercules1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Ncfisherman/hercules1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    That's kind of a pretty cruiser!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMFC
    Found in a neighbors trash can, spent $80 to powder coat it, the rest I got from friends parts bin

    What frame is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer
    That's kind of a pretty cruiser!
    Kind of? I love that ride...one I may not give up. It's a '65 Hercules.




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    bike - free
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    fenders - 30
    ergo grips - 30
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    brake levers - 45
    Studded tires - too much for this thread, but the summer tires were free!
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    Pimped out kona unit for sale, xtr race face fox

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    picked up my gary fisher big sur off cl for 100 bucks. was missing handlebar, shifters and brake levers, but i had all that sitting around in my parts bin.


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    under $200 as shown in the picture

    $50 frame and fork, $100 wheelset, OEM takeoff bar and stem from Jenson for $18, front brake and lever for $25, and all the rest was from my parts bin. Currently disassembled because I stripped the frame to raw aluminum.

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    1999 Rockhopper paid $180 for it from a friend who never rode it.


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    I will have to post mine. Hoping to score a good deal at a local pawn shop. Right now I don't have a bike but here a few I scored recently...

    Last year I scored this bike in a trade:



    I traded it for this bike. We swapped parts as well. I choose to keep the Marazochi forks as the Fox fork had some issues. I ended up getting an XO rear derailleur and XO grip shifts for this bike off of Craigslist.



    And here is one I scored a few years back at a pawn shop:

    My Bike: '19 Liv Tempt 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197
    And here is one I scored a few years back at a pawn shop:

    Lol! Wow thats a killer Pawn shop find..... One of my dream bikes! Anyone have one lie'n around????
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    Brand new, never used 2001 Trek 820 off Craig's List. Overpaid for it at $175, but it's been a reliable commuter bike.


    Bought a 1992(ish) Mountain Cycle San Andreas from an acquaintance for $50. He got it at a pawn shop and never used it. Fork elastomers had turned to goo. It's still in my garage waiting to be rebuilt - long term project just for laughs.

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    I forgot to mention another one I scored off Craigslist. It was slightly over $200 or right around $200 if I recall correctly. I think it was a good find. Turned out to be really heavy.



    Seems I go through many bikes...

    Here is one I got at a pawn shop back in 2005. I eventually added a Rock Shox Duke 100mm fork to the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bclagge

    Bought a 1992(ish) Mountain Cycle San Andreas from an acquaintance for $50. He got it at a pawn shop and never used it. Fork elastomers had turned to goo. It's still in my garage waiting to be rebuilt - long term project just for laughs.
    dude! That mountain cycle really really needs to be rebuilt..... And not for "laughs" that's a SICK! Bike! Fix it soon please........
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    I know, I know! We'll see what's left after taxes are done this year... I could probably squeeze it in under a grand - if I reuse the Noleen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    dude! That mountain cycle really really needs to be rebuilt..... And not for "laughs" that's a SICK! Bike! Fix it soon please........
    What he said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man
    Was helping a buddy move and saw this sad ugly beast laying in the backyard rusting away. He's like....you want it?

    Free bike!




    put six bucks into it for cables. Solid bar hop bike now.
    Those levers are worth a hundy if they are in good condition.

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    Stoked!

    So I've been regretting selling my old CroMo Gary Fisher Aquila. It needed work, and I needed the money at the time for a new bike, but I've missed it. So this past weekend an ad on Craigslist popped up for a 1998 HKEK, which is basically the same bike but with better components. I went to take a look, and other than some surface dust and a peeling sticker it's in VERY clean shape. In fact, doesn't look like it's ever been taken off road. I snapped it up for $175. I feel like it's a little much for a bike of this age, but it looks to have very little wear and came with slicks, mtb tires, and some other goodies.

    Hubs: Front: Fisher Ginzu Team, Rear: Shimano STX-RC
    STX-RC Front Derailler
    Deore XT Rear Derailler
    Deore LX Shifters (3x8)
    Sugino Impel 300 Crankset (20-32-42)
    Avid 1D-10 brakes, Avid AD-1.0 L levers
    RockShox Indy XC fork (super plush!)

    It will do triple duty as a foul weather bike, kid trailer hauler, and backup mountain bike. I dig the all original configuration, but it's not going to work for the trails I have around here. I'll be putting some 26x2.25 WTB MotoRaptor tires, a 100mm Tora Coil fork, and a different stem and wider bars on it. Should make a decent bikepacker/touring/XC bike when I'm done with it.



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    Paid NOTHING for the 1993 Marin Pine Mountain. Needs a fork rebuild but otherwise very nice shape.
    Picked up the Diamondback V8 for a whopping $100.00 2 weeks ago, it was in desperate need of a bath, but just needs some decals on it, but does have a nice Chris King front Hub, Machine tech rear hub, Thomson Elite post, etc... Basically stole this one Awesome shape.
    Was amazed how well it looks after a little elbow grease.
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    Add another GF Aquila to the list



    It's actually my main bike until I finish my current project.

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    Marin Eldgridge Grade ('89) methinks.


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    My sub $100 bike!

    An under $100 bike.

    $50 - Bike
    $8 - Grips
    $4 - Front Brakes
    $3 - Stem Cap
    $5 - Gear & Brake Cables and Brake Housing
    $8 - QR Seatpost Collar
    $21 - Pedals
    N/C - Rebuilt Fork
    N/C - Silver Stem Painted Black

    $99 total.

    2001 GT Aggressor 2.0 - Overhaul

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    picked up my gary fisher big sur off cl for 100 bucks. was missing handlebar, shifters and brake levers, but i had all that sitting around in my parts bin.
    I had that bike for 13 years loved it! I wish I didn't sell mine!
    60% of the time ......it works all the time

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    Love the yellow sidewalls on the tires with the paint on that frame.
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    Here are a few of my budget builds.

    1995 Giant Yukon. I bought a new chain and cables for it..converted it to 1x7. Threw on some old tires I had, swapped out canti brakes for v brakes and put a cheapo suspension fork on it from another junk bike. I think I spent about $50 on it...and I reallllly regret selling it..but I did make $75 on it after riding it for a year..



    I made this bike for my brother to play bike polo on..I got bored one day and just started throwing parts from my parts box onto this frame I had sitting around. Wheelset is a stock wheelset that got upgraded. The only thing I bought for this was a chain...which snapped during the first ride..so I threw on my old chain from last season and it's still on there. Very fun fixie/singlespeed.




    *edit* To clarify..I got the Yukon and all parts bikes from a buddy..it's not like I spent $400 on it years ago..I literally spent roughly $50 on the entire bike..same with the blue bike..

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    Love the yellow sidewalls on the tires with the paint on that frame.
    Those panaracers have so much tread they almost look new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longfinkillie
    Marin Eldgridge Grade ('89) methinks.


    OMG, I know that bench quite well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn
    OMG, I know that bench quite well!

    Good to meet another LB'er. I love that ride to the lighthouse. But I dig Gum Grove (if it's empty) the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longfinkillie
    Good to meet another LB'er. I love that ride to the lighthouse. But I dig Gum Grove (if it's empty) the best.
    I have nothing really to add to this, just that I once heard a Long Fin Killie song, in my college days in the late 80's, on a radio program that played contemporary psychedelia (i.e. The Bevis Frond; Black Sun Ensemble; etc.), and I heard one LFK song and it blew me away! I've never heard from them since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer
    I have nothing really to add to this, just that I once heard a Long Fin Killie song, in my college days in the late 80's, on a radio program that played contemporary psychedelia (i.e. The Bevis Frond; Black Sun Ensemble; etc.), and I heard one LFK song and it blew me away! I've never heard from them since.
    LFK has all since disbanded but, there's always Bows

    I got into them while working as a music director for a radio station around that same time. Of all the groups I went through, their records stuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longfinkillie
    Good to meet another LB'er. I love that ride to the lighthouse. But I dig Gum Grove (if it's empty) the best.
    Nah, I'm In Simi Valley. I only get out there now once a year for the LBGP. I had this wild GF a long time ago. She lived on Ocean and 3rd Pl., along the beach. She was a porn actress at the time. Boy was she fun!

    Do you go to the LBGP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn
    Nah, I'm In Simi Valley. I only get out there now once a year for the LBGP. I had this wild GF a long time ago. She lived on Ocean and 3rd Pl., along the beach. She was a porn actress at the time. Boy was she fun!

    Do you go to the LBGP?
    Hook a brother up I'm local! It's hard not to go to the LBGP, it sorta takes over the entire town. But really...hook me up

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    Quote Originally Posted by longfinkillie
    Hook a brother up I'm local! It's hard not to go to the LBGP, it sorta takes over the entire town. But really...hook me up
    Oh man, those fun wild days are over. I should write a book with the stories I could tell.

    I didn't make it this year for the first time, in a long time. But, I won't miss it next year. I always go on Saturday to see the endurance race. And, I always stand at the corner of the convention center porch at Pine and Seaside Way. You should meet me there next year.

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    No really, hook me up.

    Definitely next year.

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    traded an old SC Pearson Arrow snowboard for one of these w/ carbon wheels.. I want my board back!

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    Bought 3 bikes for $75; 2004 Trek 6700 (all original except the derailleur, XT / deore mix), ~1999 Giant NRS (xt deore mix, crank replaced with some Raceface crap), and an old frame, Kona I think, scandium with full XTR ... old, maybe 1994?

    I like the unknown hardtail the most, though I continuously worry I am going to break something.

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    Pictures or it didn't happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn
    Pictures or it didn't happen!
    Pictures of the bikes or pictures of me giving someone $75? I am not sure exactly how pics could prove what I am saying TBH. In any case, I only have the Trek and Giant with me in Whistler (I'd nearly positively have destroyed that scandium bike up here), my brother in law flew in to visit and I sent the scandium one back home with him.

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    Bikes, it's all about bikes man!!

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    2004 Trek 6700 (in use):


    ~1999 Giant NRS (just moved it for the 1st time in 6 months, I was stupid and let my XT pedals rust to hell along with the drivetrain ... I didn't know it was this bad until I just took this pic):

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    Right on! Especially for $75, that's a steal.

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    Beats me the way some people can fall in a manure pile and come out smellin like a rose.
    Seems when I look at CL, most MTB's start at 20 inch frames and go up. I'm 5'8". Maybe it's the part of the country I live in. 150 miles away are some great MTB trails. Around here people ride those spaghetti-framed bikes with bike clothes that look like a NASCAR Cup car and tie up traffic on the roads.

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    I find that getting bikes on the cheap is nearly always exclusive of someone that's smart enough to post it on the Internet. I got my bikes from a girl who "acquired" the bikes; she was the lease holder at a house in Whistler for 10 years ... lots of people in and out. When she finally moved, I casually asked if I could have the bikes ... she said ya. I ALMOST managed to scoop an Orange Kona Stinky DeeLux that was MINT ... but she wasn't biting at $25. Should have offered her $100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    I'm cheap. Aside from my main bike, most of my bikes are in this price range.

    The Schwinn Moab I built up for my daughter out of a dumpster dive frame and parts in my garage.

    The 21lb Marin was built from a frame given to me by my brother-in-law and parts from my garage. Had to buy the fork from a shop and the XTR cantilever brakes from a shop.

    The Bridgestone was a classified find locally.

    Schwinn Cruiser was built from a frame I found and parts that were scavenged from friends' and shops' scrap piles over the past 25 years.
    That picture of the cruiser really makes me miss Shoreline and Maxwell

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    I did buy a Schwinn 10 speed years ago for $10. Kept it at the family beach house. Went to the beach house for a little vacation. Went to get my Schwinn out of the storage building, it was gone. Called my sister and brother-in-law who had been down the week before and asked him if he had seen it. He said yes, he threw away some of those old "junk" bicycles. the numbskull threw away a Schwinn and kept a HUFFY!!!!!

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    ...but also got a kool roadtrip in,and spent some time making a new bike friend,who's an uber kool dude
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    Giant XTC $200. Right at the limit for this...

    This however.... freebie. Iron Horse Yakuza Bakuto
    Its a JEEP thing. I have 4 and still don't understand..

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    Wow, that Iron Horse for FREE??? You guys are killin me with your free bikes!
    "Got everything you need?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing
    Wow, that Iron Horse for FREE??? You guys are killin me with your free bikes!
    It's not what you know, it's who you know

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    Got a 2010 one of these off Craigslist for $125 for my little brother. Pretty decent for the price. I don't have my own pic of it but its all stock.
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    Another free bike I built this for my friend who barely has ever ridden a bike. He went on a group ride with a bunch of guys last sunday and he had a blast. I put $50 into it and that $50 and parts I had got it all new cables and housing, new wheels and tires, chain, freewheel, bars, grips, and a complete overhaul. It is actually a very nice bike




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    This is my geared mountain bike, a 1997 KHS that I bought in 2001 or so. I've upgraded a few things here and there, but the I initially paid $80 for it originally.



    Usually each year on vacation in Florida, I buy a bike in Clearwater/Tampa/St Pete. This is the one I'm riding this year. I brought the saddle, bag and lights with me, but the bike itself was $80. I've already got about 10 hours in on it and I plan on getting in another 6 or 8 hours or so before we head out.


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    my only bike.... was free.. trek fuel 70.. not the best bike in the world.. but im enjoying it and am so glad i got it for free.. if i hadnt it might have been another year or so before i had money and could convince myself to start another hobby... too many expensive hobbies as it is.... but now i have seen the light ... and im keeping my eyes open for a good steal of a deal on another bike

    have only bought a tire pump/waterbottle for it so far so thats about $25-30,,,, .. next investment is a new chain




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    My K-mart special deal rust bucket isn't even worth posting. It would be put to shame.

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    I got this Trek 930 nearly for free from someone cleaning out their garage on CL. After replacing a few items, it rides like a dream. Not sure I want to get rid of it any time soon.

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    1992 Giant Yukon

    My 1992 Giant Yukon.

    $25 from Craigs List. Bought $5 grips and $5 worth of cables. Add in some polishes, lubricants, tubes and tires I already had in the garage and I ended up with my $35 bike.

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    Can't quite beat that, but here's my 2009 Diamondback Response. Bought it on craigslist for $40 as it was listed with a 'bent rear rim'. Pretty sure my buddy can tweak that out when I make it over to his place. For now, I threw on a spare wheelset I already had and gave it a tuneup. Could use new cables and about 10 new bolts here and there. Already have about 3.5 hours ride time in on it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    My 1992 Giant Yukon.

    $25 from Craigs List. Bought $5 grips and $5 worth of cables. Add in some polishes, lubricants, tubes and tires I already had in the garage and I ended up with my $35 bike.

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    So neat! I had the exact same bike a while back. Although mine was a '95..but it was the exact same in every sense. I got it for free, put about $20 into it with cables and chain, threw a suspension fork and bigger tires on it, turned it into a 1x7, and used if for a year...then sold it for $125 on Craigslist Love those bikes.

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    1995 Gary Fisher Mt Tam. LX/XT Mix, XTR hubs laced to K-525 rims. Ameican CLassic Ti Seat post.

    $70.00 purchase price, about a hundred for the wheels on E-Bay. Post came from a bike I parted out from CL. Under 24 lbs.
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    Psuedo Park Pre 925. It was an R.E.I bike according to the previous owner. But, based on the dropouts, cable noodle, canti hanger, and tubing (Tange Ultimate Ultralight) I'm 99.99% sure it came from the same factory.

    XT Shifters, DRs, Cranks and Cantis. XTR rear hub, Deore front laced to Sun CR7A rims with Union Tie Dye spokes. Hyperlite bars, Answer Manitou 4 fork. 24 lbs even.

    150 purchase price, all other components were scavenged from parts bikes I bought on CLand flipped.
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    1995 DBR Vertex. M750 Cranks, Rear DR and Hubs laced to X517s. SRAM Rocket triggers, Eastom MG-60 stem, NOS AT-2 liteflites. Tektro 852 cantis. About 25.5 lbs, but it has over 4 lbs of tires and tubes on it. I've had it down to a hair over 22 as a SS.

    Oh yeah, Manitou Comp fork with steel springs.
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    Great Thread!
    Does rediscovering an old bike count? (originally it was over $200)

    A Few years ago, I was pokin around behind my parent's shed...and I lifted a tarp and found one of my old rides from when I was a early-teen. I saw my old 1987 rockhopper - it was pretty beat up - I did ride it pretty hard, but I also got into skateboards and musta forgot about it... the chain was gone, BB seized, wheels (hubs) toast...It had sat or a while - until 2007-8

    Anyways, I got some stuff out of the parts bin and had to buy some consumables less than $70 and got this...




    yae, the frame is a bit small for me and after a couple years of prodding, my BIL finally agreed to trade frames - he had just got it PC'd black, and mine was 'ugly'' blue & pink - but his was too big for him and mine - too small..

    So this is the frame ('86 hopper? - experts can chime in if I'm wrong) - but it has the most ungodly stuck post (cue Jeremy Clarkson) In the World
    When I do get the post out I'll take pics again ( now that I have a camera again )


    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    So neat! I had the exact same bike a while back. Although mine was a '95..but it was the exact same in every sense. I got it for free, put about $20 into it with cables and chain, threw a suspension fork and bigger tires on it, turned it into a 1x7, and used if for a year...then sold it for $125 on Craigslist Love those bikes.
    I noticed your bike in the 1x9 photo thread. I think your bike may have been older than '95. Especially if it had shimano 200gs components on it. I believe that groupset only came on 1991/1992 model bikes.

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    2001 GT Palomar

    Another person at work approached me with an interest in mountain biking. He wanted to know if I could pull together another sub $100 bike worthy of a beginner. Of course I said "sure, no problem."

    2001 GT Palomar (steel / medium) from CragisList: $30
    Used Shimano Crankset: $25
    Used Wellgo Pedals: $5
    Used Oury Grips: $0

    $60 Mountain Bike

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    I cut down some old Oury grips so they would fit next to the twist shifters. They actually look pretty darn good. I found a decent crankset on a local MTB website for $25 that included the bottom bracket cartridge. This Palomar had a spindle bottom bracket that was worn to scrap. And I had some pedals I picked up from another guy for $5.

    The tires were 2.1" IRC Piranhas and had a lot of tread left. The chain wasn't worn, either. Brake pads had some life left. Only some surface rust on a few of the bolts. Nothing worth replacing.

    I did have to true the rear wheel a bit. I'm no wheel builder but I was able to straighten it well enough. I reconditioned the chain (removed, cleaned, shortened, and re-lubed) and the cables and housings (teflon spray does wonders). I cleaned and adjusted the brakes and derailleurs. Finally, I wiped her down with some silicone spray on a rag to give it some shine.

    I'll take it out to the trails on Monday to ensure nothing falls apart. Then, sell it to the co-worker for $60.

    EDIT: Broke the chain during the shakedown. Had a spare link so it wasn't a real problem. Other than that, here's another trail-worthy bike.

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    right now im commutting on a 2003 gary fisher advance i picked up for 100. here is the craigslist ad for it.

    http://boise.craigslist.org/bik/2503728046.html

    i know it was only 289 new but i think someone might give me 200 lol

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    No offense, but dude - wtf. If you don't want to deal with fixing the bike, part it out. IMO, a bike that goes, stops and shifts and doesn't need major mechanical work is worth at least $100. That doesn't describe yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    No offense, but dude - wtf. If you don't want to deal with fixing the bike, part it out. IMO, a bike that goes, stops and shifts and doesn't need major mechanical work is worth at least $100. That doesn't describe yours.
    i agree that its not a good deal at all. but im willing to see if someone else disagrees lol. i dont care if i sell it. but im willing to if i can make a decent profit. i am honest and tell people about any issues a bike has. i never lie. ever

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    I'm diggin' this thread. This has been my winter/rain commuter for a while. I paid $70 bucks on Craigslist for the Hardrock, another $50 for the Surly fork, $10 for the Ritchey stem, $10 for the Bontrager foam grips, and $25 for the fenders. Puts my total at $165. I really have grown quite fond of it actually...
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    Nice.

    That fork goes really well with that bike. I did a bit of a double take.

    Sooner or later, I'm going to try to reacquire my college MTB from the friend I sold it to when my priorities got misplaced for a while. Probably do something similar.
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    Yeah, I agree that the fork goes well with the frame. As a beater/around town/not-afraid-to-leave-outside-the-bar bike, it sure didn't need to have the OEM fork replaced, but when I saw a brand new Surly fork for only $50 bucks, I had to jump on it. Unfortunately, now that I actually really like the bike, I am becoming a bit weary of leaving it outside of places, even with my ulock...
    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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    I got this giant revel 2 about a week ago for $165. So far the bike has be excellent and now I'm saving up money to get rid of the freewheel to put a 9 speed cassette.
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    '80's Schwinn Collegiate 3 (3-Speed)






    Over $200., but minus the accessories I'm selling off, she'll come in well under $200.
    purchase price...(I paid $300./selling off pedals, helmet, shoes, cockpit bits, tires).
    Very very clean except for markings where bike rack met frame downtube.
    2003 Gary Fisher Sugar 4+

    I just upgraded the cockpit (Thomson Elite Post & Thomson 4X Stem, Easton EA70
    MonkeyBar, ODI Rogue Grips, WTB Rocket V Pro Saddle, Kenda Nevegals w/fresh
    tubes [2.35 fr/2.1 r] Kool Stop Pads + my Shimano PD-M737 SPD's)


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    This thread is so full of win I can hardly stand it...

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    Got this one for free from work, just needed tubes.

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    Nice! Keep these old bikes alive!

    Wow, a lot of you have done really well. Great to see people keeping older bikes alive and in use.

    I just got the bike below a few months ago from Craigslist. I live in Pennsylvania, but all of my wife's family is in El Paso, TX. I wanted a bike for when I visit two-three times per year.

    This ~1990 Cannondale M600 was found for $150.00. It was previously a commuter, so it needed knobby tires, grips, bottle cage, and I heard that I should get slime-tubes for mtbg in El Paso. With those things, it was quite trail worthy and fun to explore completely different terrain than I ever rode before. Bonus is that my first mtb actually was a 1991 M600! It was fun to go back to the beginning for me. Sorry for the small bike pic, but I was trying to also get the Franklin Mts of El Paso in there.

    Have fun!

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    Does a cheap frame count? Picked up an '08 Spec FSR XC frame for $30! Other than a few scratches here and there, it looks good.

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    Got this one for free...now I just need parts and repair help to build it into a dedicated indoor trainer bike...




    Anyone got a drivetrain for it that would work?

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    How 'bout free plus the cost of upgrades? !991 Diamondback Topanga reacquired after selling it some years ago.
    $24.99 for Forte SS conversion kit
    $30 for IRC Mythos XC II (f&r)
    $6.99 for Forte lock-on grips
    $28 for Shimano Alivio crankset
    $10 for two tubes.
    $14 for seatpost (arriving next week)

    $113.98 plus elbow grease. The BBG bashguard came off of another bike.



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    Update:
    Swapped frames (finally) and got a fresh coat w/ custom decals







    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve3242 View Post
    I got this giant revel 2 about a week ago for $165. So far the bike has be excellent and now I'm saving up money to get rid of the freewheel to put a 9 speed cassette.
    Your aware this will also require a new rear hub and shifter?
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    Well, I posted pics of 3 bikes for a reason. The Schwinn S30 was purchased for $200 from one of the pawn shops here. The GT iDrive was purchased for a parts bike and I used it for my Schwinn Homegrown frame. It was purchased for $300. I bought the Homegrown frame for $150. After I switched over all the parts, I sold the GT frame after I gutted it for $350 making the Homegrown only $100. I did swap out the tektro brakes for a set of XTR's and put the tektro's on the wifes bike.


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    I ride a 2001-ish GT iDrive 6.0, bought locally for $50 via a yard-sale site. I put another $50 or $75 in parts to get it running again, including cannibalizing the seat off another bike I had.

    The cheapy RST shock finally gave up the ghost a few weeks ago, so I have a Rockshox SID rear on the way ($120ish).
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    Those GT iDrive frames look great. Still waiting to come across a good deal, myself. Nice looking bike.

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    cool thread. nice rigs everyone
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    Here's the '07 Spesh FSR XC frame I got for $30.
    Just threw on parts I had "laying" around.
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    $30!!!? how and where ?!!!

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    Here's my throw away bike. 100 bucks at walmart. I know, I know, it's all I could spare a month ago. Could use a bath huh? I'll ride the thing till it breaks which probably won't be much longer. Should last me till early spring when I plan to get a 29er from my LBS. Provided I don't ride it to hard...
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    If you're waiting anyway, get a bike from your LBS when they start clearancing '11 models. At least, assuming they still have your size.
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    My two cheap bikes. Likely not my last.

    I bought this tandem for 150. Ive been using it to exercise my daughter around the neighborhood. We live close to the beach and 12 miles of bike paths. Low end taiwan and shimano parts. But it works fine. Needs new grips, The tires look really old, but I don't think I'll replace them just yet. All Ive done is put air in the tires. Soon as I get motivated, I need to lubricate the cables and adjust the derailleurs. I also plan to put is some of my parts from my parts bin. So what do you think? Good deal or was I ripped off? My thinking, it costs 40 a day to rent a tandem. Its paid for itself by that measure.





    This one, I picked up abandoned on my neighbors front lawn. Havent worked on it yet. Too many projects, so little time. Gonna be my klunker/rat rod mtb.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bing! View Post
    My two cheap bikes. Likely not my last.

    I bought this tandem for 150. Ive been using it to exercise my daughter around the neighborhood. We live close to the beach and 12 miles of bike paths. Low end taiwan and shimano parts. But it works fine. Needs new grips, The tires look really old, but I don't think I'll replace them just yet. All Ive done is put air in the tires. Soon as I get motivated, I need to lubricate the cables and adjust the derailleurs. I also plan to put is some of my parts from my parts bin. So what do you think? Good deal or was I ripped off? My thinking, it costs 40 a day to rent a tandem. Its paid for itself by that measure.





    This one, I picked up abandoned on my neighbors front lawn. Havent worked on it yet. Too many projects, so little time. Gonna be my klunker/rat rod mtb.

    My neighbor have the same tandem. He bought it new in 1995 for $600 I think and I just rode it a few days ago with his daughter (she's 15 now)... Still work like s charm, only had to retighten the rear BB and clean the chain a bit... But ride very nice.

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    My Bike: '19 Liv Tempt 2
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    My KHS Solo One SE was $150 - I traded an older bike for it and cut the cost to $50.......I had to add the disc brakes, but they were ultra cheap since I already had most of the parts on hand..........since I first bought it, I have added a new Fizik seat and a carbon riser bar - the CF front fork is on the way.............
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    Got this one for free from my brother. Had to dig it out of 3 years worth of weeds and a couple small palm trees to get it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    Is that a Cannondale Super V back there?
    Naw, that my cheap bike shed. I think you see my daughters DB girl bike.

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    I just bought a Mongoose Alta 98' for $50 (very good condition)

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    Craigslist purchase $75
    Needed a chain, it was pretty rusty
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    Craigslist purchase $75
    Needed a chain, it was pretty rusty
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    Nice ! This color scheme is really great Do you consider reselling it ?
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I just bought a few months ago, don't plan on selling it soon
    It is my first "real" bike ever- I will probably do a couple upgrades -seat, cables etc..

    But thank you, I like the color scheme as well. There were no pics on Craigslist, just met the guy and I didn't even hagle on the price. Was totally stoked when I picked it up.

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    Been browsing this forum on and off all day soaking in stories and information(that i'll have forgot by tomorrow) and I have to admit I feel like a bit of a fraud. Alot of enthusiasm for the sport and some serious cash spent on your bikes

    When I seen this thread I thought this is more like it

    The only bike I ride cost me £50 15 years ago(the bike was brand new and the guy was desperate for cash), although i've probably just spent £200ish making it sweet again.

    The only other bike I have (that I don't ride) is a Muddy Fox that I got for nothing.

    To be honest, if I was going to purchase another bike, this is the market i'd be looking at,old and cheap.

    I'll try and get some pictures posted once I figure out forum etiquette and how everything works
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAitchGee View Post
    When I seen this thread I thought this is more like it
    This is my favorite thread on this forum. Those other bikes are like pin-up girls. Costly and unobtainable by me. In here they all are "the girl next door".

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    Here is the picture of my $50 bike

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    man i would have so many bikes to post for this if i just saved my damn pics lol

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    To be honest, if I was going to purchase another bike, this is the market i'd be looking at,old and cheap.
    You'll be amazed at the stuff that is out there.

    My latest find. 100 bux. All Deore XT, with thumbies and biopace. This one is gonna be flipped for considerably more
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    ^^^^^nice. i love flipping bikes almost as much as riding them

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    ^^^^^nice. i love flipping bikes almost as much as riding them
    I ride them, THEN flip them !!!!

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    sometimes you flip em while riding em...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nailtrail View Post
    $30!!!? how and where ?!!!
    There's a used bike shop in my town that I browse once in a while. Saw the frame hanging on the wall, asked how much thinking it was $150+. Dude said "$30", then I said, "I'll take it". Even though I didn't need another frame, how could I pass up a $30 relatively new FS frame! Couple of scracthes but hardly used. No chain slap chips or cable rub even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    This is my favorite thread on this forum. Those other bikes are like pin-up girls. Costly and unobtainable by me. In here they all are "the girl next door".
    I'm already punching way above my weight when it comes to my fiancee , so until I can charm the guy in the bike shop i'm stuck with the cheap options
    I scurry away with my hardtail between my legs

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    Update on my sub$ 200 bike. 1 hour of work cleaning and adjusting and she came alive. The shifters are toast, I can only engage 2 chain rings and three of the smallest cogs. Thatll do for now until I can get some used 7 speed stuff.

    Here' s my new passion.


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    hey bing!, try taking apart and cleaning your shifters before buying new ones. It is very common for older shifters to gum up from all the old grease and dust inside them. Chances are they will work fine if you clean them thoroughly in some degreaser or a solvent tank. Most bike shops charge about $15 per shifter if you don't want to tackle the job. Just make sure to spray some lubricant in there after you clean them to keep corrosion out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    This is my favorite thread on this forum. Those other bikes are like pin-up girls. Costly and unobtainable by me. In here they all are "the girl next door".
    I guess to each his own...if I can get by with one of those pin-up girl bikes then I'm gonna! Cuz boy she looks fiiiiiine while I'm blastin down the trails on her. And man I sure get a lot of looks because of her too. No but I get what you are saying. With these bikes you can totally hit it and quit it and not feel guilty. While those more expensive bikes you strive to get and as soon as you have them they use up all your money. I'm totally kidding. Kind of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    hey bing!, try taking apart and cleaning your shifters before buying new ones. It is very common for older shifters to gum up from all the old grease and dust inside them. Chances are they will work fine if you clean them thoroughly in some degreaser or a solvent tank. Most bike shops charge about $15 per shifter if you don't want to tackle the job. Just make sure to spray some lubricant in there after you clean them to keep corrosion out.

    Hey thanks, I'll give that a shot. It felt like theyd only catch on the first few gears, then would "air guitar". I'll break em open tomorrow. Its definitely worth a shot. I don't want to put anymore money on this bike. The wife barely wants to get on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by bing! View Post
    Hey thanks, I'll give that a shot. It felt like theyd only catch on the first few gears, then would "air guitar". I'll break em open tomorrow. Its definitely worth a shot. I don't want to put anymore money on this bike. The wife barely wants to get on it
    That should do the trick. I've "overhauled", as we call it in the shop I work, mannny shifters and that sounds like your solution right there. Make sure you clean em good. Some require some good long soaking time and some just require 2 cleanings instead of one. Kinda like a clean, lube, and then clean, lube again. Also, air pressure is your best friend here for blowing all the gunky grease and solvent juice out and really getting it cleaned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    hey bing!, try taking apart and cleaning your shifters before buying new ones. It is very common for older shifters to gum up from all the old grease and dust inside them. Chances are they will work fine if you clean them thoroughly in some degreaser or a solvent tank. Most bike shops charge about $15 per shifter if you don't want to tackle the job. Just make sure to spray some lubricant in there after you clean them to keep corrosion out.
    Yup, it's called "re-animating". 90s era DX, LX, XT and XTR are bulletproof. A word of caution, DO NOT take the the nut off on top of the stack inside the shifter.It's kind of peend on with a lockwasher type device) First, sometimes corrosion is so bad that the hollow threaded post it is secured to just snaps in half. Second, there's about 30 parts in there, and unless you're really mechanically inclined and patient, you'll never get it back together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    That should do the trick. I've "overhauled", as we call it in the shop I work, mannny shifters and that sounds like your solution right there. Make sure you clean em good. Some require some good long soaking time and some just require 2 cleanings instead of one. Kinda like a clean, lube, and then clean, lube again. Also, air pressure is your best friend here for blowing all the gunky grease and solvent juice out and really getting it cleaned.
    ^^^ What he said. I recently overhauled a set of shifters circa 1992. The pawls were stuck on both and they wouldn’t engage the cogs. I removed the covers and I was able to get the rear shifter working by washing it with WD-40 and working the pawls with a pick. The front shifter wouldn’t budge, though. I ended up soaking the shifter in a small metal bowl of “bar and chain oil” for a few days. I then manually worked the pawls and washed it with WD-40 and it came back to life. After letting the WD dry, I sprayed them down generously with silicone lubricant and replaced the covers.

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    Here is a Trek 6500 I picked up for $40 on CL. Replaced the fork with the bomber shown and changed the riser/handlebars. Rode for 3 years and sold for $230.





    Here is a DB XSL Race that I bought from the original owner (had original manuals) for $50 on CL. Rode for a few years and sold for $300.


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    Quote Originally Posted by old'skool View Post
    Yup, it's called "re-animating". 90s era DX, LX, XT and XTR are bulletproof. A word of caution, DO NOT take the the nut off on top of the stack inside the shifter.It's kind of peend on with a lockwasher type device) First, sometimes corrosion is so bad that the hollow threaded post it is secured to just snaps in half. Second, there's about 30 parts in there, and unless you're really mechanically inclined and patient, you'll never get it back together.
    A little paint thinner bath, and she works like a dream. Thanks!

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    I'll throw in.....

    This is a 1992 (?) GT Tequesta that I scored of Kijiji for $40.



    A few months later I traded it even for my 1982 Nishiki International touring bike



    I put a bit of money into the Nishiki in the form of pannier racks and bags, but I consider those accessories and not in the value of the bike.
    To the bike itself I added new tires ($50) and cables ($20), bar tape ($0, had it laying around) and brake levers ($50). Still under $200. I've already taken it on a 3 day tour, can't wait to do more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nailtrail View Post
    ^^^^^nice. i love flipping bikes almost as much as riding them
    Me too, I've had a pretty good summer. Last month I got a 97 (or so) Oryx with a complete XT group for $35 at an auction. Everyone was bidding on the shiny newer Wally-Mart/Costco type bikes and no one was even interested in the Oryx cus it looked old.

    A couple of months ago I went to buy a 2009 Trek 6000 for $150 and the guy also had a Devinci St. Tropez Hybrid and a cheap Jamis, so I offered $300 for all three and he accepted.

    I sold the Devinci for $280, the Trek for $400 and the Jamis for $75.

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    Last night I bought a 2000 Rocky Mountain Vertex for $125.

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    It's in phenomenal shape. The only things that shows it was used are the stickers on the seat stays are half rubbed off and the stickers on the fork are scratched and it has 1 broken spoke.


    here is a list of the components on the Vertex...
    Holographic Black and Shredded Silver Maple Leaves paint scheme
    Fork - Manitou Axel
    Brakes - Deore XTR V-Brake brakes
    Brifters - Deore XT RapidFire
    Front Derailleur - Deore XT, top-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
    Rear Derailleur - XTR SGS
    Crankset - Race Face Turbine LP, 22/32/44 teeth
    Stem - Race Face Prodigy
    Headset - 1 1/8" threadless Ritchey Logic
    Hubs - XT
    Rims - Mavic X221

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    I could post a pic of my Saddle... Can prob find one for less than 2 bills

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    $10 bike from Craigslist. The below pic is from when I swapped some Kona platforms for the clipless/platform pedals the previous owner used. I also put on a chain tensioner 'cause I didn't want a loose chain. I use this bike on pavement only as my around town beater bike.




    Then here's the bike as it currently sits. I'm probably gonna swap the stock bars and pedals back so I can put those risers and platforms on my Monocog.


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    i flip bikes alot.
    here is a photobucket slide show of the only ones i have pictures of.

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    I picked up this

    trek 6700 by Saint Urho, on Flickr
    size medium Trek for $200 ( I confirmed it's a 2006) just the other day.. it came with a third wheel for the front. It's a little too small for me (note seat post height). The wheels will become spares for my specialized FSR and the brakes are heading over there as well. Some parts might make it onto my $30 Devinci Cameleon... or not.
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    I keep looking for deals like you all have found on CL. No luck yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuffit View Post
    I keep looking for deals like you all have found on CL. No luck yet.
    You saying this got me thinking. "I live in a cycling friendly area, and craigslist is full of bikes where I'm from. I'm sure I can find at least 3 bikes that could be fixed up and flipped for a good amount more on the first page." Man was I wrong. Not a single bike that was decently priced or of at least decent quality. I mean sure there were a handful of bikes that you could fix up and ride yourself...but none that you could sell for much more than you bought it for, not counting the money and labor you put into it especially. I'm disappointed in you craigslist. Thats why you gotta get bikes for free I work in a shop and a customer called and said he didn't want their bikes fixed and told us to pitch them. I brought home 3 perfectly good bikes that night (one needed tires and tubes and all 3 needed tune ups, another needed brake springs). But I would have felt bad selling them on craigslist the next day so I decided to make a tall bike out of them I think the only thing I'm going to have to buy for the bike is tandem length brake and shift cables and about 4 new chains. I'll post pics when it's built.


    Bikes were 1997 Trek Multitrack 750 with the silent clutch rear hub, 1996 Trek Multitrack 730, and I believe a 1996 Schwinn Ridge that had a Girvin Flexstem suspension stem on it All the bikes were decked out with bottle cages and bar ends and other accessories as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    You saying this got me thinking. "I live in a cycling friendly area, and craigslist is full of bikes where I'm from. I'm sure I can find at least 3 bikes that could be fixed up and flipped for a good amount more on the first page." Man was I wrong. Not a single bike that was decently priced or of at least decent quality. I mean sure there were a handful of bikes that you could fix up and ride yourself...but none that you could sell for much more than you bought it for, not counting the money and labor you put into it especially. I'm disappointed in you craigslist. Thats why you gotta get bikes for free I work in a shop and a customer called and said he didn't want their bikes fixed and told us to pitch them. I brought home 3 perfectly good bikes that night (one needed tires and tubes and all 3 needed tune ups, another needed brake springs). But I would have felt bad selling them on craigslist the next day so I decided to make a tall bike out of them I think the only thing I'm going to have to buy for the bike is tandem length brake and shift cables and about 4 new chains. I'll post pics when it's built.


    Bikes were 1997 Trek Multitrack 750 with the silent clutch rear hub, 1996 Trek Multitrack 730, and I believe a 1996 Schwinn Ridge that had a Girvin Flexstem suspension stem on it All the bikes were decked out with bottle cages and bar ends and other accessories as well.
    New York has millions of cyclists...but the CL postings suck.
    You have hipsters selling garage sale throwaways for hundreds of bucks.
    Just about everyday you'll get someone who comes across a piece of junk
    in their neighbor's garage and thinks they have some great "vintage" find.

    I read CL just for kicks. Then, you get the "RE:"'s Those are great! LOL
    Some complete stranger will completely call out the guy who's trying to sell a
    $69. Wally World bike as some 2nd coming of MTBing and trying to get
    hundreds of bucks for it!

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    Why I said "**** it" and bought my mountain bike retail. I was living in Manhattan at the time.
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    Cace in point? Took me less than 30 seconds to find this Loser! LOL
    He's going to get so flamed before the night's over!
    He basically added tires, tubes, brake pads, a Mountain Bike rear derailleur,
    a computer and a lock to a Wally World bike and is asking for $500. frickin dollars?

    $159. GMC Denali Men's 26" Road Bike, 700C - Walmart.com

    2011 GMC Denali Road Bike

    2011 GMC Denali Road Bike - $500 (Bay Ridge)

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    ~ 2011 GMC Denali Road Bike with upgraded components
    ~ 23mm Michelin Pro3 Race Road Tire
    ~ Avenir Threaded Presta 48mm Valve Tube
    ~ Kool Stop Bicycle Brake Pads with X Pad
    ~ CatEye Velo 5
    ~ Shimano Deore LX Rear Derailleur
    ~ Kryptonite New York Lock STD with mounting bracket
    ~ Includes stock tires

    ~ The bike is tuned and ready to ride!

    Frame: Aluminum 7005 straight gauge
    Fork: GMC Series 7000 steel
    Chain: KMC Z 51
    Crankset: Prowheel Alloy 335P6 28X38X48 170mm
    Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-TZ 31 Index
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore LX 7SPD
    Shifters: Shimano Revo SIS L2/R7
    Brake levers: Promax BL-250AP Aluminum
    Brakes: Promax 501A Alloy Caliper Brake
    Rims: Vitesse Alloy black 700CX14GX36H
    Tires: Kenda Black With Yellow Band 700x28C
    Michelin Pro3 Race 700x23C
    Stem: Aluminum black EXT:100mm 0D.
    Handlebar: Maesbend W: 430mm D:22.0mm
    Saddle: Cionlli Black
    Seat post: HL Aluminum Micro Adjust 27.2 X 300mm
    Pedals: VP-990S plastic body with steel cage

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    ^^^
    Why I said "**** it" and bought my mountain bike retail. I was living in Manhattan at the time.
    Me too. I got tired of looking at overpriced crap when I went looking for my Road Bike.
    Luckily, I came across a spankin' brand new CAAD9 for $750. still in the box on the
    West Side of Manhattan from a LBS. When I got it (the whole bike), the frameset alone
    was going for $800. easy. It was the last of the American Made CAAD9's and in BBQ
    (undeniably the most popular color).

    I did get a great deal on a pair of hardly used MTB's ('07 Gary Fisher Opie & 07 Gary Fisher Tarpon).
    Both were like new. Both still had the nips on the tires. I got the Opie for about $250. and the Tarpon for $135.
    Granted, I had to go to the Boonies out in Jersey to get them, but it wasn't bad as I was living in Fort Lee at the time.

    Not $200. but for $300., the 03 Gary Fisher Sugar 4+ in practically new condition was my best deal.
    Oh and BTW...I got that one in West Virginia.

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    This thread is so full of win right now!

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    got this free on side of a road. in awesome shape for how old it is. but its a total heavy tank. all it really needs is new tires. i just wanted a comfy cruiser bike. i think its a Columbia sport, but all i can find online is reference to 3 speed, and this has more gears than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    got this free on side of a road. in awesome shape for how old it is. but its a total heavy tank. all it really needs is new tires. i just wanted a comfy cruiser bike. i think its a Columbia sport, but all i can find online is reference to 3 speed, and this has more gears than that.
    That is so worth tossing a few bucks into it.

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    O.K., so I scored this one off of craigslist for $75.I have since had a tune up and new cables.I have ben riding it for 3 months now.Time for a tune up again.2007 K2
    Yes dear I've been in the woods,look at the blood

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinoak View Post
    O.K., so I scored this one off of craigslist for $75.I have since had a tune up and new cables.I have ben riding it for 3 months now.Time for a tune up again.2007 K2
    Awesome!

    I'm diggin' the "Invisible Cloaking" feature!

    Good deal!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black View Post
    dude! That mountain cycle really really needs to be rebuilt..... And not for "laughs" that's a SICK! Bike! Fix it soon please........
    That thing looks like a monster!
    Anyone in the South Chicagoland area that's looking to go riding, feel free to contact me.

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    My most recent project, 1974 Schwinn Collegiate. It's the small 17" humpback/camelback frame, but it fits reasonably well. Bought it for $60 and put $22 in tires and $8 in tubes, $11 chain, a little tweaking and about 5 hours of work with Simple Green, steel wool and some polish wax.

    Still need to worn on the generator and lights. They both work, but I might convert them to LED.

    And I think if I keep it, I'll put my antique brown Brooks saddle on it and new brake and shifter cables with brown housing.




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    ^^^
    My Dad and I were talking about building an LED bike light. The big problem we found is that LEDs need power to be a very specific voltage. It's not an insurmountable problem, but I think it's probably the biggest challenge in this particular project.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    ^^^
    My Dad and I were talking about building an LED bike light. The big problem we found is that LEDs need power to be a very specific voltage. It's not an insurmountable problem, but I think it's probably the biggest challenge in this particular project.
    There's a whole section @ this website about lights. Actually there are two of them, imagine that!

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    not only is this my favorite thread, but my favorite topic. i'll say it again, i loooove flipping bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by cratz2 View Post
    My most recent project, 1974 Schwinn Collegiate. It's the small 17" humpback/camelback frame, but it fits reasonably well. Bought it for $60 and put $22 in tires and $8 in tubes, $11 chain, a little tweaking and about 5 hours of work with Simple Green, steel wool and some polish wax.

    Still need to worn on the generator and lights. They both work, but I might convert them to LED.

    And I think if I keep it, I'll put my antique brown Brooks saddle on it and new brake and shifter cables with brown housing.



    Gorgeous.

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    Yeah, it can get complicated if you want to drive the LED close to spec, but I used to modify flashlights and am pretty handy at such things and drivers are readily available for many applications. I was thinking about just dropping in a couple bulbs in, and I still might do that for the rear, but I think I'm going to make the front one a bit brighter. Probably an XML with a 5 mode driver (low, medium, high, strobe and SOS).

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    My Dad's an electrical engineer, so no way were we not going to drive the LEDs close to spec. Our design was starting to look like the generator would charge a battery, the battery would drive the LEDs, and if the battery voltage got too low, the LEDs would quit. He wanted to have a set of low-watt LEDs that would give an idea of charge on the battery, so the user would know that maybe putting the big ones on a blink mode would be better for a while. With how many watts a cyclist can generate and how many watts it takes to have a bright LED, it seemed like it shouldn't be too hard to generate enough.
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    Ahhh... he's a bit beyond me then. At first, I thought about just using an LED bulb in the rear light and building a battery pack with two 18650 Li-Ion cells in parallel and a resistor in the front light housing and building a heatsink for an XML and just manually turning the front light on and off as needed and not using the generator at all, but I think I'll end up just using a driver that can run from 1.8 to 6 volts and see how that works out. I haven't done any research or measuring on how many mA the charger can put out and I don't expect the XML to be driven anywhere close to spec, but if I could get 60 or 80 lumens out of it, I'd be pretty happy. That should be fairly easily attainable as the XML is pretty efficient.

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    Heres my recently aquired K2 zed 3.0. It a 2004 model and I found it in a dumpster! All I needs to be ridden is a set of pedals, a couple of tubes, and a qr skewer for the front wheel. But I'm doing a complete teardown of the bike and am currently prepping it for paint. It's my first mountain bike so I don't want to put too much money in it. But I'm super excited to hit the trails with it!


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    ^^^ Awesome find! Now, go ride the life out of it!

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    geeze that is sooo cool!!!! i want to find a bike in a dumpster

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    Yea I was pretty fortunate to come across it! Im looking forward to upgrading it as I outgrow the stock parts on it. Should turn out to be a nice all mountain hardtail when all is said and done!

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    I found a mid-90's Kona Explosif by a dumpster.
    I took of the SPD's and gave the bike to a bud who rebuilt it.
    http://forums.mtbr.com/kona/kona-find-469955.html
    It was a nice bike.

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    I don't have a picture right now, but i just picked up a 2 yr old Trek 3900 that was garage kept its entire life for $115. Im just using it as a commuter around campus, but its still a great deal i think.

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    ya thats not a bad deal

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    Nice pics!

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    I've got an old schwinn generator light set that is complete and working if anyone wants it. Would be perfect for doing the LED conversion. PM if you're interested,

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndgen View Post
    That is so worth tossing a few bucks into it.
    yeeeup. going to be a winter project. fracking newengland winters make me bored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    yeeeup. going to be a winter project. fracking newengland winters make me bored.
    Tell me about it.

    Combine cabin fever in New York and online LBS's having their off-season sales. Sheesh!
    I spent $2,700.. on an $800. road bike. But! I saved $1,500. by buying in the winter.
    That has to serve as some kind of consolation I guess. All top of the line roadie gear.

    Oh yeah! I picked up an $800. trainer outfit for only $415./shipped!
    (Kurt Kinetic Rock & Roll Machine, Mat, Bike Cover brand new)
    The seller even let me have a $250. computer with heartrate
    monitor and power meter for only $65. again brand new!

    Then, there were the brand new Oakley Flak Jacket XJL's I got for $103. shipped.
    And the Giro Prolight at the height of it's peak when they couldn't keep them in
    stock at $200. that I picked up for $135./shipped. I did pretty good last winter.


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    Well as a complete newb I wanted to buy my first Mt bike used being on a fairly tight budget. Ended up getting a GT rebound of unknown year for 160 bucks. It was pretty much the only bike on Craigslist that was my size and not a Walmart special within a few hundred miles. Needed tires not from being worn, but from being weather checked, so I could tell it hadn't been used much. Has what appeared to be new oil seals on the fork, and had been freshly cleaned and lubed before I picked it up. 200 miles on it since the 1st of July and no issues yet!

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    I bought this off Kijiji last year:


    Was advertized as new, but when I took a look at it the cables were rusted, the seat sun faded on one side and slit, and would not sit securely on the post (kept in the basement indeed), shifters all smashed up from one too many endos ("Uh, that plastic cover just fell off, IDK"). I offered well under the asking, he jumped on it (too quickly ). Rode it to the LBS, immediately had cables replaced, wheels trued, new saddle and seat post, so with that a little under $200.

    I have ridden this bike hard. One trip over technical single track I bent a chain link, and proceeded to ride another 30 km, so add in a new drive train. Now the BB bearings are nearly shot, so those will get replaced with new brake pads at the end of the season. I have a new FS bike for trails, but still ride this as a commuter, and take it on a short single track on that route. Love the bike that got me into biking again!

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    I love to see "cheap bikes on trails" pics.

    Goes to show one doesn't need a mega G rig to enjoy the
    beauty of Mountain Biking which for me is being out in nature.
    A V-Braked 8-Speed Platform Pedaled Hardtail with a 3" fork
    will get one down any singletrack trail any other bike can go.

    Before I bought my current FS, I was ready to take any good used bike I could
    get my hands on that was fully functional just to be able to get back on a trail.
    I really lucked out with my Sugar. I'm with everybody else here...this thread delivers.


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    its ok, i mean i got back into riding because of a crappy Magna (170$) and Schwinn that i had.

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    nice to see people with cheap bikes. I was starting to feel alone with all riders with $1k+ bikes. I just started riding 3 months ago and I hit the trails twice a week. I bought a 2007 diamondback sorrento off craigslist for $100.


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    Good job! Trek 820 free plus the upgrades..

    :Family member won a Power Bar Trek 820 in 2005 sat there for over 4 years never used They gave it to me and here are the upgrades...

    2 new tires VREDESTEIN BULL LOCK TIRE FOLDING 38.00
    1 new stem Race Face...9.00
    1 new saddle ERFAS EYEFLEX MEN'S DUAL DENSITY SADDLE 9.49
    1 fender SKS X-MUD DOWNTUBE FENDER 6.50
    1 Seat bag SERFAS MTB SEAT BAG 3.99
    1 new handle bars EASTON EA50 DH RISER BAR '08 9.95
    1 pair new grips ODI RUFFIAN MX BONUS PA Blue Grips With Clamps 10.50
    1 New forks Rock Shox Dart 2 2010 84.00
    1 new pair Pedals Beartrap Blue 9.95
    1 bike computer

    Total 181.38 I have put over 3000 miles in 2 seasons not bad will upgrade more later but still now its under $200.00
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    ^^^ I have the same seat bag and really like it. The quick release is great when you want to move it between bikes or just not leave it on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckiraq View Post
    :Family member won a Power Bar Trek 820 in 2005 sat there for over 4 years never used They gave it to me and here are the upgrades...

    2 new tires VREDESTEIN BULL LOCK TIRE FOLDING 38.00
    1 new stem Race Face...9.00
    1 new saddle ERFAS EYEFLEX MEN'S DUAL DENSITY SADDLE 9.49
    1 fender SKS X-MUD DOWNTUBE FENDER 6.50
    1 Seat bag SERFAS MTB SEAT BAG 3.99
    1 new handle bars EASTON EA50 DH RISER BAR '08 9.95
    1 pair new grips ODI RUFFIAN MX BONUS PA Blue Grips With Clamps 10.50
    1 New forks Rock Shox Dart 2 2010 84.00
    1 new pair Pedals Beartrap Blue 9.95
    1 bike computer

    Total 181.38 I have put over 3000 miles in 2 seasons not bad will upgrade more later but still now its under $200.00
    Tell me how those tires feel.

    And where did you get a new Dart 2 for $84 ?

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Just picked this up a few weeks ago, craigslist for $130.
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    05 specialized hardrock SS.

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    ^^^ those are some risers alright! - just don't put bar-ends on them
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    2006 allez elite with ultegra deraileurs still cant spell it

    pics to come

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    ^^^ those are some risers alright! - just don't put bar-ends on them
    Are you gettin' a riser again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    ^^^ those are some risers alright! - just don't put bar-ends on them
    The bars are deffinantly funky, but since I came from the bmx world they feel like normal. I kind of like them.
    05 specialized hardrock SS.

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    David C.... got the Dart 2 at PricePoint on sale awesome $84.98 still there...(just checked)
    And the Tires are great I love them...Got them at Jensonsusa

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckiraq View Post
    David C.... got the Dart 2 at PricePoint on sale awesome $84.98 still there...(just checked)
    And the Tires are great I love them...Got them at Jensonsusa
    Nice. I got the same tires too from JensonUSA in 2" version I think and didn't had to try them yet...

    And for the fork, it's a great deal. I got mine last year for $100 off eBay.

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    Trek off Craigslist

    Not a dirt cheap or rare find but I eventually found a nice rigid Trek 820 after looking online off and on for about 6 months. Sub-$100 bikes were pretty trashed or low quality (Walmart cast-offs). Picked it up for about $115 in the end, I think. Only needed a cleaning, some lube, adjustments and new brake pads.



    I only spent money on adding some new lights and a new computer. Other than that I added a Blackburn rack I had and my old Bluemels for rain and mud. And bar ends.



    Now I have a solid intown cruiser for rides on paved greenway trails with my wife, and bar, festival and farmer's market trips. I am also OK with leaving it parked (locked) on the mean streets on intown Atlanta. Bummed if stolen? Yes. Devistated and out $500+? No.

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    $200 for this beauty not too long ago.
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    bought this bike cheap , just my size 22" gt

    bought this bike cheap 15.00 dollars ,was going to sell it but it rides so good ,and it is quite fast , took it out for a ride today and this old gt frame is awesome .

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcmark View Post
    $200 for this beauty not too long ago.
    is that a 'pig' or??
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    is that a 'pig' or??

    Uhh, I'm not sure what that means?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcmark View Post
    Uhh, I'm not sure what that means?
    oh, just heavy is all - no disrespect intended ... just askin if it's hefty
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Sorry, no pics but my new winter road bike is a Cannondale CAAD 2 bought at a yard sale for $15.00. $25.00 for tires, down tube shifters out of the parts box and some TLC and its ready to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    Sorry, no pics but my new winter road bike is a Cannondale CAAD 2 bought at a yard sale for $15.00. $25.00 for tires, down tube shifters out of the parts box and some TLC and its ready to go.
    Neg rep for no pics...
    (you need to be brought under control)
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    neg rep for no pics...
    (you need to be brought under control)




    ya got me.

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    Here's an update of my dumpster bike all finished (almost, still need pedals and grips) I have a total of about $30 in it so far, and most of that is paint:






    Here's what it looked like the day I got it out of the dumpster invade you guys missed my earlier post:

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    This one should count. Got it for "free". Long story short, a junkie tenant I had to evict
    left it behind. I would be amazed if it wasn't stolen and I hate thieves so if anyone can produce the serial #, you can have it back for the $ I put into it to get it rideable, around $200. The tires and bars were taken from surplus.

    Otherwise, I'm going to keep it as my rail-to-trailer. Not to bad for a bike that retailed for
    $1500 new, mostly XT less the cheap wheels.

    Pittsburgh area
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    Only if I got paid to hang out in my garage and tweak on my bikes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprknranger View Post
    Here's an update of my dumpster bike ...


    Here's what it looked like...
    nice transformation
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    oh, just heavy is all - no disrespect intended ... just askin if it's hefty
    Oh, Duh! No, it's not too bad. It's under 30lbs easily. With the right rims and an air shock it would be pretty respectable for a 4 1/2 inch travel bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badassbassangler View Post
    This one should count. Got it for "free". Long story short, a junkie tenant I had to evict
    left it behind. I would be amazed if it wasn't stolen and I hate thieves so if anyone can produce the serial #, you can have it back for the $ I put into it to get it rideable, around $200. The tires and bars were taken from surplus.

    Otherwise, I'm going to keep it as my rail-to-trailer. Not to bad for a bike that retailed for
    $1500 new, mostly XT less the cheap wheels.

    Pittsburgh area
    dood, seriously?

    If I found my stolen bike, I wouldn't care about your 'ugrades'
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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