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    WTB cool old frame

    I'm looking for a cool old frame to build up to a townie/commuter/gravel bike.

    Size medium or big small.

    price: cheap.,

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    Where are you located?

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    Bellingham

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    eyes will be peeled for one
    skid luxury

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    Like how old are you willing to go?

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    I don't know... I have to run anything by my friend that knows this stuff...

    It does have to make a functional bike that doesnt suck to ride..

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    Pawn shops are your best bet. Lots and lots of old cool bikes, cheap. Also C/L.

    Take cash and be prepared to haggle and start low.
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    I have an old Trek 930 that you can have.

    Not sure it counts as cool. But free if you want it.

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    Thanks britt, but I already have an uncool townie... lol it has a suspension seat post, too.

    My friend that built my honzo builds the sexiest bikes evar and is going to help me if I find a rad frame.

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    If you wanted fancier or just plain weirder for this project...

    Go find an old Proflex with the Girvin fork. Or a Trek Y bike. Or a Marin / Whyte PRST. Or a Mongoose / AMP.
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    This thing is pretty dope. $495 on VT Craigslist. I'd be scared to ride it on anything other than smooth pavement though.

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    ^^^ Klein Mantra - another good choice for weirdness.
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    I don't really want weird... i just want a cool old steel mountain bike frame that will make a good functional bike... some classic model would be cool.

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    So 26in wheels, v or canti brakes. Steel. Tons are out there. If you were larger I'd send ya my Schwinn black chrome'd High Sierra.

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    Here's my mid-80s Fuji for some inspiration.. good luck!

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    Free is hard to beat for a townie.

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    $25 in 1983. Longest bike Iíve owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shredhead View Post
    Free is hard to beat for a townie.

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    Perfect.

    BTW, is it just the photo, or is the fork bent?
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    ^^ Yeah, no doubt but how about the Ibis Bow Ti?

    The best thing about that Klein is all of the cheap knock-offs that came afterward that tried to look like it. Still see those around.

    I've been looking at these:
    http://www.somafab.com/bikes-frames/frames

    Not "cheap" (and def not old) but about the same [ASKING] price as a lot of the used frames or bikes I've been eyeing.

    I'm sure you all already thought of this but keep in mind that if you don't have all the parts ready to go, you can get a whole friggin bike from places like Bikes direct for almost the same price as the groupset alone, so in that sense, the frame costs little to nothing if you needed the parts anyway. Ride it until you find the cool frame/bike and swap the parts over. sell what's left over.

    Just my 2 cents you didn't ask for. Have fun with the build!!
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    I duno why you would want to " build something up " when there are 15 or 20 yr old HT's out there that are still working fine, I would look for a higher end ( at the time ) mtn bike and I wouldn't do any more than swap in the tires that might work better for your app

    I ride my stock 86 marin bearvalley to the bar, leave it in one gear ... pretend its an SS
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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    I want that. How much to ship? Is it by you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    I duno why you would want to " build something up " when there are 15 or 20 yr old HT's out there that are still working fine, I would look for a higher end ( at the time ) mtn bike and I wouldn't do any more than swap in the tires that might work better for your app

    I ride my stock 86 marin bearvalley to the bar, leave it in one gear ... pretend its an SS
    I want to build because my friend builds the raddest bikes and it's fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtngirl79 View Post
    I want that. How much to ship? Is it by you?
    Not mine. Just one that I had in my saved list for when a friend says they want an urban commuter.

    The poster looks to live right next to a big bike shop. You could ask them if they are willing to take it over to Wheat Ridge Cyclery which does a fantastic job of packing and shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ill-advised strategy View Post
    Really banking on the Bridgestone cult for that price. $300 for a hardly-mint, MB3. It has decent tubing and nice lugwork. But that still seems really high to me.

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