First bike build

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by MrTwister, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. MrTwister

    MrTwister New Member

    Hey all trying to build my first bike. All parts are coming from the town dump. I plan to motorize the bike if I can find a vendor who will ship to my location. First trip to dump I found three bikes to use for parts. Going to build up an old single speed cruiser, drive line seems to still work good and the wheels are pretty straight. Front one piece fork is bent but will use a donor from one of the other bikes. Handle bars and breaks leaver and studs are coming from MTB. Putting fork from Purple one on.

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    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012

  2. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman Active Member

    Once cleaned and painted, they will be fine. All builds I have built are from second hand (free), or from the dump. You be surprised what you can get from "freecycle" in your area. All items are FREE, cant charge or swap.
    This is one of three in my area.
    Here are some ideas to read before building.
  3. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    if you can see past the rust, scratches, dents, bent and missing parts and see the diamondin the rough, you have IT.
    a lot of people just see junk, but other people are able to see past that "junk" and they can see what it can be made into before they even start working on it./
    some people have it, some people don't.
    It's great to get something for free and turn it into something that everyone will want.
  4. MrTwister

    MrTwister New Member

    Where I live it's either a choice of rebuild something or get a new one barged or flow in. Im a cheap ******* so I choose rebuild, plus I need something to wrench on to keep my sanity up here lol...most other folks just throw away and get new sent in, so come spring time the dump should be a gold mine for parts.
  5. BigBlue

    BigBlue Active Member

    Idiom - one man's junk is another man's treasure.

    Good Luck - your on your way!

    AKA: BigBlue
  6. MrTwister

    MrTwister New Member

    New fork installed, frame stripped, sanded and primed. Going to stay in primer untill I find an engine.

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  7. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    Here are my guidelines for building:

    1) Predominant riding terrain.
    2) Primary rider's physique.
    3) Lookup and read local legal requirements.
    4) Type of bike.
    5) Budget.

    Stay within these guidelines and you'll have a bike you can enjoy riding. Good luck with your build.