Cheap, steel, and canti studs...?
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    Hilly McNilly
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    Cheap, steel, and canti studs...?

    Looking for a cheapy frame to commute on. A couple things that I am looking for:

    1. Some good tire clearance. ~35c. Some cross tires.
    2. Studs for Canti brakes
    3. Non bizarre seat post sizes or BBs, etc.
    4. Horizontal or Semi horizontal drops.
    -and the most important:
    5. Cheap.

    Any ideas on which frames to look for? I like the old Treks, however am unsure whether they have the ability to run cantis...

    TIA

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    The only frame that comes to mind is the Cross Check. AE Bikes has them for $285 right now in metallic green only. That's the cheapest new price for a CC frame.

    Of you can pick up an oldie but goodie steel frame and have canti studs brazed on. You're in the Bay Area, so no shortage of frame builders up there. When I still lived up there, running price was around $20 to weld on canti bosses on a frame.

    Or you can use on of those bolt-on canti brake adapters made for BMX bikes. Big Cheese makes it. All you do is screw on the horse shoe shaped adapter into the caliper brake hole and then fasten the sides with the provided pipe fasteners. Not the prettiest, but very fast and easy. Cost is around $20 each and you can get them from www.danscomp.com
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    Man. Meat, you are my new best online friend. HA!

    For some reason I hate that color of the Cross Check. But, that is a phenomenal deal.

    I wonder how much I can find one for, used.

    I was hoping for total build at >$300.00...

    Thanks!

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    OK...

    I think I will change it a bit.

    Now just three things:


    1. Steel
    2. Big tire clearance
    3. Cheap

    Any leads on an old purple or pink Trek?

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    I've been watching this auction. I noticed this frame get's relisted all the time, so they probably have a small quantity they're trying to sell off.

    $125 steel canti frame with clearance for fatter tires.

    https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...sPageName=WDVW

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    classifieds

    there was (is?) a green Cross Check on MTBR for $150

    EDIT: couldn't find it again. Maybe it sold. Keep an eye on the RBR and MTBR c'fieds.

    Karate Monkey?
    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/cgi-bin/...uery=retrieval


    Quote Originally Posted by donkekus
    OK...

    I think I will change it a bit.

    Now just three things:


    1. Steel
    2. Big tire clearance
    3. Cheap

    Any leads on an old purple or pink Trek?
    Last edited by Hollywood; 02-03-2005 at 10:03 AM.

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    See if you can find an older Centurion or Miyata touring frame. I just bought a frame and fork for 50.00 and the Centurions are chromed under the paint so you can remove the paint and have chrome if you want.
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