Chain: $13. Seat: $10. Building Your Own Bike: Priceless.
We recently blogged about restoring an old bike into something new. Here’s a road bike one of the BFKH co-founders rebuilt! If you’re looking for inspiration or ideas on where to begin, this bike could be a good starting point for someone who wants a simple one-speed road bike bike to get from A to B.
1980’s Raleigh Gran Sport frame and fork, including headset, bottom bracket, crank, stem, and handlebars: $75 (used)
Single speed wheels, including tires and rear freewheel with cog: $60 (used)
Seat: $10 (used)
Brake levers: $10 (used)
Brake cables and housings: $13
Pedals: clip-in style pedals taken from mountain bike (basic flat pedals will cost about $10-$20)
Total spent: $279
For under $300, you can turn an old frame into something new and fun! And the satisfaction of having rescued an old bike frame and built something yourself is… priceless.