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Old 08-14-2008, 08:29 PM   #41
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Need to get a bike for riding while on break at work. I don't sit around and eat donuts so I need to dream up things to do with time and this seemed like the ticket:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-720TR-MESSEN...QQcmdZViewItem
Only thing is, it would be a project. What could I buy for a pretty good SS that would be inexpensive and ready for riding?
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:10 AM   #42
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road mountain or cross? redline makes a nice little 29'er for about 4 bills. road bikes should be dirt cheap if you have scrounging skills. i put one together for about 50 bucks but i had a bunch or parts laying around.
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:29 AM   #43
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I guess mountain would be my choice. Getting a beater off craigslist and doing a conversion is always and option I suppose.

Is this the Redline you mentioned?
http://www.redlinebicycles.com/adult...ocog-29er.html
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:57 AM   #44
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I guess mountain would be my choice. Getting a beater off craigslist and doing a conversion is always and option I suppose.

Is this the Redline you mentioned?
http://www.redlinebicycles.com/adult...ocog-29er.html
Yup. I have rid the actual bike and it's fairly nice for a lower end unit. The next one up the food chain has disc brakes but then you're sort of conflicted technology wise, ss should be fun and easy like a bmx bike....

another option is to invest in one of these....

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/white-hubs.html

build it up in whatever config you need, (700c, 29er, 26" 650b) and then converting a vertical drop out bike gets really easy, you could pick and choose from a bunch of nice old steel frames for cheap and not have to run a ...(ick)....chain tensioner
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:08 AM   #45
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http://www.mile43.com/peterson/Turtl...ainTurtle.html

Kent Peterson from around here used that Redline in the GDR (Canada to Mexico). It's an interesting read. Kent is a bad-ass.

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:25 PM   #46
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would something like this be worth messing around with and converting?
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bik/798698334.html
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would something like this be worth messing around with and converting?
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/bik/798698334.html

I'd say starting with just a frame would be easier in many respects. i've never had much luck working with department store bikes...there's always some weird parts that don't mesh with anything standard. what is your max budget?
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:33 PM   #48
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I found an old local boy here who deals in used bikes on craigslist. He had an older specialized hardrock sport gx 17" for $80 and I grabbed it. For just messing around on breaks at work it will be just fine I think. Its actually a nice bike and now I have it I'm second guessing converting it. If I do it shouldn't be a problem though, no vertical dropouts. They are horizontal. Thanks for the suggestions Dave, you're obviously up on bikes. I haven't ridden seriously in a couple decades at least.
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Old 08-16-2008, 02:48 PM   #49
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I found an old local boy here who deals in used bikes on craigslist. He had an older specialized hardrock sport gx 17" for $80 and I grabbed it. For just messing around on breaks at work it will be just fine I think. Its actually a nice bike and now I have it I'm second guessing converting it. If I do it shouldn't be a problem though, no vertical dropouts. They are horizontal. Thanks for the suggestions Dave, you're obviously up on bikes. I haven't ridden seriously in a couple decades at least.

glad that worked out. a steel specialized is perfect. check out cyclofiend for some ideas on conversion.

http://www.cyclofiend.com/ssg/

and sheldon brown (RIP) for parts and advice.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/singlespeed.html
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:48 AM   #50
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The link you gave us showing the redone specialized bikes was great. Lots of good ideas for mine.
Here's what I got:
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