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Watson 15 May 2012 22

As I cannot afford to buy a new bike, I am considering putting one together myself if I can find cheap parts. So what is a good place for cheap bicycle parts? Obviously, the frame is going to be the most important, but I’ll recycle anything I can except for possibly the fiddly moving parts like derailleur and gear shifters.

Is the revolve a good place to start? If so, will they allow me to strip parts of bikes or will they require me to take the whole thing?

Any other places I could look?


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Watson Watson 3:29 pm 04 Aug 12

An update for those who commented.

I was so motivated to build my own bike.
Then I got given a bike (thanks again!) but unfortunately it was way too small for my long legs.
Then I got so busy. I can barely find the time to mow the lawn, let alone that I could go searching for parts and pause long enough to get my head round how to put them all together to make a half decent bike.

Soooo. I just ordered a brand new spanking bike. I know for a fact that I am going to miss that money desperately in a few months time, but I’ll deal with it when I get there. Because there are few things I get more attached to than my bike. I use it a lot, even if it’s mainly for short distance these days.

Of course I went above the initial budget I set myself too. Still, it’s less than half the price of what I paid for my old bike 10 years ago and I’m in love with it already.

It should be ready to pick up early next week. And I must add a compliment to ride365. Hope the rest of their service will be as good as it was when I ordered the bike. (And what a fantastic location!) The guy at the Mitchell store was hopeless and told me porkies.

Watson Watson 4:21 pm 08 Jun 12

I’m sorry I messed up that post. It was due to my excitement. 🙂

poetix poetix 4:20 pm 08 Jun 12

PBO said :

Does anyone on RA have a bike or most of one that they could donate to our friend Watson so he can start building on that?

…!

Shockingly, I think Watson may be…female!

Watson Watson 4:19 pm 08 Jun 12

joh8754 said :

Watson said :

Sooo, does anyone have an old ladies ‘townie’ bike frame lying around they want to get rid of?

I checked Recyclery, but the only frame I was interested in was not for sale. There was another which would’ve been ok, but they charged $150 for the bike and the only thing I would’ve used was the old frame… They only had about a dozen bikes there too.

I checked Tiny’s Green Shed, but no step through townie frames. Then I noticed a whole stack of bikes and parts in a fenced off area at the back. Turns out they belong to the Recyclery. I was going to go there again today to hopefully talk to the mechanic and see if I can have a look at the revolve bikes/frames, but they are not picking up their phone today. I just seem to have trouble getting any info out of them and thus I am a tad annoyed that they seem to be getting automatic first dibs on the best bikes and parts from the revolve. Especially if they’re going to sell them. And not that cheap either.

Watson – I am in the position of wanting to get rid of my bike that I purchased some years ago but is now taking up space that I want back. It’s a ladies bike, green frame with some flowers on it, has gears. Has been kept relatively well with no rust that I can picture in my mind at the moment, but the rear tyre has a puncture.

It’s all yours for free. Only one hitch – the bike is currently on my balcony at home. I am currently having renovations at home, so I am staying in a hotel whilst the works get done. I don’t have access to my unit whilst the renovations are getting done, and I don’t move back home for another 3 weeks. So if you’re willing to wait for three weeks, it’s all yours. Or even if you find other bits and peices in the meantime, you can still have it later on to use any of the pieces.

I am in the City area for easy collection, or as I have a vehicle I can drop it off to you.

Fantastic!!! It will be hard to be without a bike for another 3 weeks, but it sounds like it will be worth it.

joh8754 said :

Watson said :

Sooo, does anyone have an old ladies ‘townie’ bike frame lying around they want to get rid of?

I checked Recyclery, but the only frame I was interested in was not for sale. There was another which would’ve been ok, but they charged $150 for the bike and the only thing I would’ve used was the old frame… They only had about a dozen bikes there too.

I checked Tiny’s Green Shed, but no step through townie frames. Then I noticed a whole stack of bikes and parts in a fenced off area at the back. Turns out they belong to the Recyclery. I was going to go there again today to hopefully talk to the mechanic and see if I can have a look at the revolve bikes/frames, but they are not picking up their phone today. I just seem to have trouble getting any info out of them and thus I am a tad annoyed that they seem to be getting automatic first dibs on the best bikes and parts from the revolve. Especially if they’re going to sell them. And not that cheap either.

Watson – I am in the position of wanting to get rid of my bike that I purchased some years ago but is now taking up space that I want back. It’s a ladies bike, green frame with some flowers on it, has gears. Has been kept relatively well with no rust that I can picture in my mind at the moment, but the rear tyre has a puncture.

It’s all yours for free. Only one hitch – the bike is currently on my balcony at home. I am currently having renovations at home, so I am staying in a hotel whilst the works get done. I don’t have access to my unit whilst the renovations are getting done, and I don’t move back home for another 3 weeks. So if you’re willing to wait for three weeks, it’s all yours. Or even if you find other bits and peices in the meantime, you can still have it later on to use any of the pieces.

I am in the City area for easy collection, or as I have a vehicle I can drop it off to you.

Fantastic! Thank you so very much! You can email me at watson2602[at]gmail.com

PBO PBO 3:40 pm 08 Jun 12

joh8754 said :

Watson said :

Sooo, does anyone have an old ladies ‘townie’ bike frame lying around they want to get rid of?

I checked Recyclery, but the only frame I was interested in was not for sale. There was another which would’ve been ok, but they charged $150 for the bike and the only thing I would’ve used was the old frame… They only had about a dozen bikes there too.

I checked Tiny’s Green Shed, but no step through townie frames. Then I noticed a whole stack of bikes and parts in a fenced off area at the back. Turns out they belong to the Recyclery. I was going to go there again today to hopefully talk to the mechanic and see if I can have a look at the revolve bikes/frames, but they are not picking up their phone today. I just seem to have trouble getting any info out of them and thus I am a tad annoyed that they seem to be getting automatic first dibs on the best bikes and parts from the revolve. Especially if they’re going to sell them. And not that cheap either.

Watson – I am in the position of wanting to get rid of my bike that I purchased some years ago but is now taking up space that I want back. It’s a ladies bike, green frame with some flowers on it, has gears. Has been kept relatively well with no rust that I can picture in my mind at the moment, but the rear tyre has a puncture.

It’s all yours for free. Only one hitch – the bike is currently on my balcony at home. I am currently having renovations at home, so I am staying in a hotel whilst the works get done. I don’t have access to my unit whilst the renovations are getting done, and I don’t move back home for another 3 weeks. So if you’re willing to wait for three weeks, it’s all yours. Or even if you find other bits and peices in the meantime, you can still have it later on to use any of the pieces.

I am in the City area for easy collection, or as I have a vehicle I can drop it off to you.

Faith in humanity has been restored!

joh8754 joh8754 3:36 pm 08 Jun 12

Watson said :

Sooo, does anyone have an old ladies ‘townie’ bike frame lying around they want to get rid of?

I checked Recyclery, but the only frame I was interested in was not for sale. There was another which would’ve been ok, but they charged $150 for the bike and the only thing I would’ve used was the old frame… They only had about a dozen bikes there too.

I checked Tiny’s Green Shed, but no step through townie frames. Then I noticed a whole stack of bikes and parts in a fenced off area at the back. Turns out they belong to the Recyclery. I was going to go there again today to hopefully talk to the mechanic and see if I can have a look at the revolve bikes/frames, but they are not picking up their phone today. I just seem to have trouble getting any info out of them and thus I am a tad annoyed that they seem to be getting automatic first dibs on the best bikes and parts from the revolve. Especially if they’re going to sell them. And not that cheap either.

Watson – I am in the position of wanting to get rid of my bike that I purchased some years ago but is now taking up space that I want back. It’s a ladies bike, green frame with some flowers on it, has gears. Has been kept relatively well with no rust that I can picture in my mind at the moment, but the rear tyre has a puncture.

It’s all yours for free. Only one hitch – the bike is currently on my balcony at home. I am currently having renovations at home, so I am staying in a hotel whilst the works get done. I don’t have access to my unit whilst the renovations are getting done, and I don’t move back home for another 3 weeks. So if you’re willing to wait for three weeks, it’s all yours. Or even if you find other bits and peices in the meantime, you can still have it later on to use any of the pieces.

I am in the City area for easy collection, or as I have a vehicle I can drop it off to you.

damien haas damien haas 3:12 pm 08 Jun 12

Go to Tinys Green Shed first, as there are hundreds of bicycles out the back. The Recyclery do have a team there, but they cannot cope with the volume of bicycles that are dropped off.

Buy two bikes and combine the best of both, or just select one of the many reasonable bikes they have there and apply some chain lube and air and ride away.

carnardly carnardly 2:36 pm 08 Jun 12

check the cheap tuesdays classies in the canberra times. There’s often lots of odds and sods and cheap bikes in there. or free to good home

PantsMan PantsMan 1:40 pm 08 Jun 12

Watson said :

Watson said :

Sooo, does anyone have an old ladies ‘townie’ bike frame lying around they want to get rid of?

I checked Recyclery, but the only frame I was interested in was not for sale. There was another which would’ve been ok, but they charged $150 for the bike and the only thing I would’ve used was the old frame… They only had about a dozen bikes there too.

I checked Tiny’s Green Shed, but no step through townie frames. Then I noticed a whole stack of bikes and parts in a fenced off area at the back. Turns out they belong to the Recyclery. I was going to go there again today to hopefully talk to the mechanic and see if I can have a look at the revolve bikes/frames, but they are not picking up their phone today. I just seem to have trouble getting any info out of them and thus I am a tad annoyed that they seem to be getting automatic first dibs on the best bikes and parts from the revolve. Especially if they’re going to sell them. And not that cheap either.

Ignore my rant. Turns out I just didn’t speak to the right person there. Got all the used bits I need! Now, can anyone recommend an online store for cheap parts?!

I’ve heard of a place called “Ebays”, however, I’m not sure if they are on the internet yet. They might have an outlet in Dickson if I recall correctly?

Watson Watson 1:13 pm 08 Jun 12

Watson said :

Sooo, does anyone have an old ladies ‘townie’ bike frame lying around they want to get rid of?

I checked Recyclery, but the only frame I was interested in was not for sale. There was another which would’ve been ok, but they charged $150 for the bike and the only thing I would’ve used was the old frame… They only had about a dozen bikes there too.

I checked Tiny’s Green Shed, but no step through townie frames. Then I noticed a whole stack of bikes and parts in a fenced off area at the back. Turns out they belong to the Recyclery. I was going to go there again today to hopefully talk to the mechanic and see if I can have a look at the revolve bikes/frames, but they are not picking up their phone today. I just seem to have trouble getting any info out of them and thus I am a tad annoyed that they seem to be getting automatic first dibs on the best bikes and parts from the revolve. Especially if they’re going to sell them. And not that cheap either.

Ignore my rant. Turns out I just didn’t speak to the right person there. Got all the used bits I need! Now, can anyone recommend an online store for cheap parts?!

Watson Watson 12:22 pm 08 Jun 12

Sooo, does anyone have an old ladies ‘townie’ bike frame lying around they want to get rid of?

I checked Recyclery, but the only frame I was interested in was not for sale. There was another which would’ve been ok, but they charged $150 for the bike and the only thing I would’ve used was the old frame… They only had about a dozen bikes there too.

I checked Tiny’s Green Shed, but no step through townie frames. Then I noticed a whole stack of bikes and parts in a fenced off area at the back. Turns out they belong to the Recyclery. I was going to go there again today to hopefully talk to the mechanic and see if I can have a look at the revolve bikes/frames, but they are not picking up their phone today. I just seem to have trouble getting any info out of them and thus I am a tad annoyed that they seem to be getting automatic first dibs on the best bikes and parts from the revolve. Especially if they’re going to sell them. And not that cheap either.

Watson Watson 10:27 pm 15 May 12

I suppose I’m after a cruiser/city bike.
A standard 17″ frame would be fine.
700c29″x28-30 wheels (or something like that – I’m not that good with sizes and it obviously doesn’t matter that much, but not too narrow or too wide).
It will need handle bars that can be adjusted both in height and distance from the seat as I have a back problem.
A back derailleur with 7-8 gears will do me.
Fairly wide seat with springs.

I actually have new mudguards and a pannier rack here. And one gear shift, lol. I like a stand too, though my old one made my bike fall over more times than I care to remember.

Not at all sure how much I could spend on it. I thought I’d go look around to get some idea on how much it would cost me first. I’m about to sign my life away on a mortgage so the cheaper the better obviously.

I did see some bikes with all of those features new for $400ish online. But too much to spend right now and I just don’t want to be without bike for too long. The poor dog is missing out on a few walks because riding is so much easier than walking sometimes.

Sandman Sandman 9:18 pm 15 May 12

Tell us what it is that would suit your needs and you’d probably end up with most of the bits just from people here who’d like some extra space in the shed. Put up your budget for parts too and you’ll probably end up with even better stuff.

FioBla FioBla 2:14 pm 15 May 12

Would have thought that the cheapest place to buy parts would be Big-W/KMart/Aldi/Costco. The parts are assembled into a bicycle-shaped-object.

PBO PBO 2:04 pm 15 May 12

Does anyone on RA have a bike or most of one that they could donate to our friend Watson so he can start building on that?

P.S. Support the Recyclery! I get lots of obscure 1″ bits and pieces from there and it all goes to a great cause!

Watson Watson 12:11 pm 15 May 12

Yay, thanks! I’ll go visit the Recyclery tomorrow. Not much use going to Tiny’s Green Shed if they donate the bike parts to there, I reckon.

I checked allclassifieds, ebay and gumtree and did not find what I want. I’d rather spend the same amount of money on building something that suits my needs more.

StevensSpeedShop/Callahan bicycles looks expensive? And I don’t want to have to pay for labour. However much I would like to, because I loath working on bicycles – as the sad state of my stolen bike demonstrated. But I can do it, so I should.

Ezy Ezy 10:29 am 15 May 12

Get in touch with Steve.

http://www.facebook.com/StevensSpeedShop

yellowredme yellowredme 10:24 am 15 May 12

Tiny’s Green Shed at Mugga Lane or Mitchell waste transfer stations is the go, you can buy two cheap bikes with interchangeable parts and donate back what you don’t use.

Or become a member of Canberra’s Freecycle group, there are often bikes posted on the site to be given away, you just need to pick the goods up from the person offering them (I got rid of a bike this way not long ago).

carnardly carnardly 10:18 am 15 May 12

there are various bike forums around – bicycle australia, bicycle network victoria etc. there are always people buying and selling bits and pieces and you could try there. otherwise look at the websites of the local clubs – CCC, ACTVCC, Vikings, etc.

niftydog niftydog 10:10 am 15 May 12

The Recyclery is the place you need. They have apparently struck a deal to collect the bikes from Tiny’s at Mitchell so they should have a stead stream of parts and complete bikes. They’ll even help you put one together in their workshop on the ANU campus!

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