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    my raleigh SS project is done....

    starting from the beginning for those that havent seen my bike before.....

    got it for free while putting together a bike to help someone in need... the rear shifter was broken, it had a 24" wheel on the front and was kinda rough around the edges... being as I dont have much extra income if any to spend on bike parts, it had to be a cheap build....

    the bike is a 1991 Raleigh Tangent from the Alumetric line... its the most expensive in that line..... cro-moly frame, Shimano LX components.....

    so I decided to build a single speed with this bike... first thing I did was strip the bike down to just the frame....rebuilt the headset and BB with some lightly used bearings from my parts bin.. the old grease was solidified and the BB was run loose... this is why you save old bike parts that still have life in them.....

    I got some SS chain ring bolts from amazon, took the granny and big ring off ( 32t middle ring), put the cranks back on and installed some sunlite platforms on it that I had bought for another bike that turned out being junk ( frame)

    I used my best set of wheels I had...... repacked the bearings and had them trued by one of my biking buddies

    for the gears on the rear, I took apart 2 old cassettes and used the spacers and got a few aluminum ones..... I selected a 20t gear from one of the cassettes....I used an old deraileur for the tensioner... cut the bottom of the roller cage off and cranked down the stop screws

    the shifters simply unbolted from the brake levers.... it had a rusty OE flat bar and roached grips....I used a set of riser bars from the parts stash for the failed build, picked up some WTB grips from my LBS and finished it off with some black ops bar end plugs

    I used the brakes that were on the bike..... I scuffed the brake pads and added some brake braces I got off amazon... I also replaced the cables

    the seat came out of my parts bin... a serfas gel saddle.....got some bell 26x1.95 MTB tires on sale for $20 for both tires... I had a few new tubes, so it got new tubes and tires....I also grabbed a chain as well......lastly I put on a few water bottle cages from my parts bin......

    came in just under $100 total for the whole build... spring is almost here so I am looking forward to some trail rides....riding it around the block it feels awesome
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    Nice! It doesn't have to cost a lot to be a fun ride does it? Thanks for posting up about it, keeps people inspired!

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    I must be a pessimist because I thought you meant it was done as in broken from the title. Glad to see I was wrong!
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    - sometimes its nice to be able to build a bike from spare parts; you feel like you're getting something for nothing....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    Nice! It doesn't have to cost a lot to be a fun ride does it? Thanks for posting up about it, keeps people inspired!
    thank you, yes it does feel good... as I said I have very little extra income for fun stuff...I have learned to be resourceful with my builds....free junkers, bike co-ops and scrounging through my LBS piles of old parts... got a used set of bontrager cranks for $10 for my other bike... the old deraileur I used for my tensioner I got for free from my LBS when they were cleaning the shop... they threw many good parts in a bin to sell at cheap prices...( I have bought most of what they sold from the bin) I was unemployed for 5 years...the last few summers of that time I ran ads on local FB classifieds offering to haul off peoples junk or unwanted bikes....one summer I picked up about 50 or 60 bikes... mostly dept store stuff... I put together and sold about 35 of those bikes.. the rest got stripped of parts I could use and what ever was left got hauled off for scrap... i did also pick up a few from garage sales and free piles next to the road.....I scored on some finds.... this bike, a ladies trek 800 from the early 90s,, an 86 schwinn sierra ( big 23" frame) a sherpa trail ( also a big frame) and my 97 specialized rockhopper for $5 at a garage sale
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_chrome View Post
    - sometimes its nice to be able to build a bike from spare parts; you feel like you're getting something for nothing....
    goes to show what you can do on the cheap and the benefit of saving old bike parts that are still good
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    here is my rockhopper city bike build......just sorting out my 1x7 setup.... built on the cheap as well, but have about 2x the amount into this one than I have into the raleigh
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