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By 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?

What’s Your opinion?


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Used bicycle parts
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 10:29 am 15 May 12

Get in touch with Steve.

http://www.facebook.com/StevensSpeedShop

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 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 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!

buzz819 10:03 am 15 May 12

Depends on what you mean by cheap? Australia is expensive for a lot of parts, if you go to chainreactioncycles.co.uk even with shipping you will find parts close to 60% cheaper then anything you will find in Australia.

sien 9:44 am 15 May 12

Why not buy a second hand bike?

Check out gumtree, ebay and go to revolve. There are quite a few good second hand bikes around.

I have stopped buying new bikes. There are so many people who buy a bike like they go to the gym. Paying money is easier than following through and riding.

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