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    Cheap Urban Build

    Picked up this GT Pantera for $20 off of craigslist. The rear derailluer and wheels were a mess, so I figured I'd try building my first mtn bike single speed. Spun a 16 Freewheel on another set of wheels I had. Picked up some 1.5 slicks from Performance for $9.99 each. I have about $50 in this - not counting the seat and grips I replaced with stuff from the parts bin. Got very lucky and the chain spacing is just right without a tensioner - hopefully, it will stay that way. Nice light aluminum frame. Should be a nice ride for around the neighborhood. Any other cheap urban builds out there?

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    95% free parts from the co-op!

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    1991 Bianchi Boardwalk "hybrid," original frame, fork, stem, brakes, etc
    front wheel: Suntour Spirit laced to a Mavic Open Pro
    rear wheel: Sun something laced to an old Shimano 105 hub with cassette spacers and a 16t cog, DMR tensioner
    old Shimano 105 cranks with a 39t ring (for now)
    Forte campus pedals ($10 at Performance because they were missing the cleats)
    3T handlebar, Sora 3x8 brifters
    Forte Gotham 700x35 tires

    I just finished putting this together today, can't wait to test it out. I wanted a commuter bike that could handle a little mud, dirt, road, etc. I plan to put a 12-28 cassette and 39/53 rings up front but I can't find the right components at the moment. the cassette I had was too worn to work with a new chain and it's really hard to get a FD that works with a 53t ring, but i have a solution to that.

    The cable routing on the frame is set up for a top-pull derailleur but no one makes a top-pull derailleur for 53t rings.I found a pulley from an old bike with a three-speed internal geared hub to clamp on the seat tube under the FD to reverse the direction of the cable, which is how most cyclocross bikes are set up. or I can go 1x8, or just switch the two-ring crank for a three-ring. choices...

    I'll just leave it 39/16 SS for now. it sounds low but there are some decent sustained climbs around here, so something higher might be too high.

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    Performance good for cheap parts

    Looks like you use Performance (Forte) for reasonably price parts also. Nice build. Fuzzy

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    the tires were at the co-op, but i picked up the pedals on a whim because they were on the bargain table. i was going to use some cheap flats with half toe clips (the ones that go over your toes but don't use straps) but the option to ride with sneakers or cycling shoes was too good to pass up for $10.

    the only things i bought new for this bike were a rim strip and those pedals. if/when i go geared, i'll need to buy a cassette and chain.

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    Keep it SS for awhile and see how that works. I've always felt that the less $ you have in an urban bike you are going to leave/chain up outside, the better off u r. Keep it as cheap as possible if there is a chance it will get stolen.

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