Rolf F wrote:Errrr, why would you do this when it is so easy to get something cheap and respectable from Ebay? £60 can get quite a decent old thing if you don't need it tomorrow.
Been looking on those places but most of them look like like tat and the stuff that does look interesting goes for about the same price anyway. It's also likely that having bought & collected the bike there will be the cost of replacing the brake cables & probably the tubes & tyres etc, sorting out the gears and generally making it rideable - that's what I've had to do with all the other bikes we've ever picked up cheap, they need sorting.
On balance the new but crap option seemed preferable to the punt of getting something for a similar cost that then needs more time & money spending on it. And I prefer not to ride something that that someone else has spent a year or so farting & picking his nose on. Mainly though it's for leaving under a bike cover on a farm for most of the time. It's not going to do any miles.