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Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 10:47 am
by se99paj
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

Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 10:58 am
by ugo.santalucia
The best option is a Brompton, obviously

Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 10:58 am
by w00dster
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....

Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 11:03 am
by Joe Totale
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.

Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 11:04 am
by PhotoNic69
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.

Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 11:05 am
by Matthewfalle
pick up a second hand one for 100 notes.

job jobbed.

#thrifty
#spinny

Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 11:11 am
by PhotoNic69
Joe Totale wrote:
........ LFGSS classifieds .......


Won't that be Rainbow coloured? :lol:

Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 21:30 pm
by se99paj
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

Re: Single Speed Bike - Build or Buy?

Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 08:04 am
by Matthewfalle
just grab a second hand Charge Plug and you're sorted - simple, bombproof, tested in the ghetto.

#plug
#thrifty