Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

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se99paj
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Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Postby se99paj » Fri May 24, 2019 10:47 am

I'm about to change jobs and will now be commuting to my nearest train station - Its only a 20 minute walk but would prefer to ride there to save time. I already have a road bike but was thinking a single speed bike would be a good alternative. I'm debating if I should build or buy

I could buy from new for £300-£350, I've been looking at Mango or Quella.

Or alternatively I could build a bike from scratch - I have an old mountain bike that could be repurposed, but I'd need a new frame and probably a few other bits.

At the moment I really like the idea of building one as I like to get my hands dirty - But I can't help thinking that buying the parts, materials and tools would be £200+ and at that point I'm thinking should I have just bought from new

Would be interested to hear what others think

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ugo.santalucia
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Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Fri May 24, 2019 10:58 am

The best option is a Brompton, obviously

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Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Postby w00dster » Fri May 24, 2019 10:58 am

Being the lazy type, I'd buy.
The non lazy type will say build.
Might be worth doing the shopping list and seeing what the price difference is, and then buying a new one....

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Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Postby Joe Totale » Fri May 24, 2019 11:03 am

Second Hand?
Given that they're such simple machines there's less issues to look out for and you'd get a nice bike well within your budget.
If you're in the London area then the LFGSS classifieds would be a good place to look.

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Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Postby PhotoNic69 » Fri May 24, 2019 11:04 am

If you'll be locking up and leaving a bike at a railway station I'd get a cheap 2nd hand beater that you won't shed a tear over when it gets nicked/vandalised/goes rusty etc. Then buy another and so on.

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Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Postby Matthewfalle » Fri May 24, 2019 11:05 am

pick up a second hand one for 100 notes.

job jobbed.

#thrifty
#spinny
Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

De Sisti wrote:
This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D

smithy21 wrote:
He's right you know.

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Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Postby PhotoNic69 » Fri May 24, 2019 11:11 am

Joe Totale wrote:
........ LFGSS classifieds .......


Won't that be Rainbow coloured? :lol:

se99paj
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Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Postby se99paj » Fri May 24, 2019 21:30 pm

Thanks for the responses everyone, will take a look at second hand, think it might be a better option there seems to be more bikes than frames available. Just need to find one that's suitable

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Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Postby Matthewfalle » Sat May 25, 2019 08:04 am

just grab a second hand Charge Plug and you're sorted - simple, bombproof, tested in the ghetto.

#plug
#thrifty
Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

De Sisti wrote:
This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D

smithy21 wrote:
He's right you know.


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