Oh yeah, check me out with my Beamer!
I found this abandoned frame* at the library one night. I was very excited to find it since it is a perfect freestyle BMX frame (for my needs). I looked around for parts, but I decided the cheapest route would be to buy another bike for parts. I luckily found a broken bike on craigslist for $15. I felt bad physically taking a kid’s bike, but they thought $15 was fair and so I took them up on it.
*Technically, it was a frame, handlebars, cranks, pedals, and a front wheel.
The total cost was $62, which isn’t the cheapest rebuild. I splurged on an expensive tail light ($28) and on a new chain from my local bike shop ($16). The light is the nicest tail light on the market and the expense of the chain is due to my impatience (or oversight) at almost being complete with the project and needing a 1/2″ chain. I decided to only put a front brake on, for simplicity since that is most of the braking power.
Mid-project, dre asked me why I swapped the abandoned BMX bike’s handlebar for the broken bike’s handlebar. I told her, in complete honesty, that I didn’t like the dent in the handlebar from the spray-painted bike. A nice memory resulting from the ridiculousness of the context.
I really like riding a BMX, or “Beamer,” around town so this was a fun project. As an added bonus, dre likes riding on the pegs so this will likely be our bar/bus bike.