the Bianchi Budget Build...
My lovely bride called one day while I was working in St. Louis
and left a voice mail message tht basically stated "Found a Bianchi
frame and some parts attached. I turned it down because you have
enough parts already. Let me know if you want it...." And to which
I replied "If it's under $50, buy it and don't ask questions. More
than that, call me and tell me what model. If it's free, grab it
and run like the cops are after you..."
I get home after that week and discovered this Advantage frame with
brakes, rear derailer, stem and bars attached. She bought it for
$2 at a yard sale. I just bought a LeJeune for $150 fully built
up with the Bontrager Race wheelset. Sold the LeJeune frame and
fork for $100. So I'm out $50 for them there wheels. Not too bad.
of the parts from various parts bin, most from the Schwinn Traveler
my 16-year-old used to turn the "C" shaped horizontal drop out into
more of an "L" shape. (http://www.cyclofiend.com/cx/2007/cx032-jdkimple1207.html)
the barcon cables along the bars just under the brake cables (inspiration
thanks to fellow iBOBs, and later the new Raleigh Sojurn).Works
like a dream, no hesitation at all with teflon-coated cables and
new housing. A few more bucks for the seatpost and bar tape, total
cash outlay under $85 US.