Virtual build competition

See http://www.fixed.org.au/forums/t17609-4/ for the proposed rules. Familyguy suggested that competitors should keep their entries secret until just before the competition finishes (5:00pm EST 1 July) so that everyone doesn’t ‘build’ the same thing. However, if we leave it that long, then many people may forget about the competition. So, I’ll start this off with the following example that I’ve quickly knocked together (I’m sure you can all do a lot better). Of course, you’re all free to submit entries as you go, or to wait until the last moment if that’s what you want to do:-

Currency conversation rate - AUD$1.00 + USD$1.05

Frame + fork + headset
(Ebay - TRATBtrack fixie frame set 700CX49-61CM in Black | eBay suits 103-107mm BB) - [price = USD$147 base cost + USD$40 for shipping = USD$187 = AUD$178.10]

Wheel set
(Ebay - includes rim tape, fixed gear cog, lock ring & axle nuts - NEW BLACK TRACK/ FIXED GEAR WHEELSET 700C NO DECALS | eBay ) - [price = USD$80 base cost + USD$20 for shipping = USD$100 = AUD$95.30]

Tyres
(Cell - Vittoria Zaffiro Tyre Wire Bead - Vittoria Zaffiro Tyre Wire Bead ) - [price - (2 x $14.95) + $2.72 for tax + $9.96 for shipping to Perth = AUD$42.58]

Tubes
(Cell - Michelin AirStop City Bike Inner-Tube 700x25-32c - Michelin AirStop City Bike Inner-Tube 700x25-32c ) - [price - (2 x $9.95) + $1.81 for tax + $9.96 for shipping to Perth = AUD$31.67]

Bottom bracket
(Phantom Bikes - SUNRACE BB UNIT 68 x 103mm, square taper - Phantom Cycles - SUNRACE BB UNIT 68x103 )- [price - $13.95 + $1.27 for GST + $6.00 for shipping to Perth = AUD$21.22]

Crank set
(Ebay - black, 170mm, square taper, 45mm chainline when used with 103mm BB, includes 44t chain ring and bolts -
Fixed gear Single Speed Cranks Crankset 170mm BLACK | eBay ) - [price - USD$36.75 + USD$33.00 = USD$69.75 = AUD$66.45]

Pedals
(Ebay - 9/16" with toe clips and straps - Fixed gear Single Speed Cranks Crankset 170mm BLACK | eBay ) - [price - $28.00 + $7.80 for standard postage = AUD$35.80]

Chain
(Ebay - CHAIN YBN 1/2 X 1/8 X 116L CHROME - BMX, TRACK, FIXIE | eBay )- [price - $12.00 + $4.60 for standard postage = AUD$16.60]

Seat post
(Ebay - black 350mm 27.2mm - Seat Post black 350mm 27.2mm JD495 A62 | eBay ) [price - $19.00 + $6.75 for standard postage = AUD$25.75]

Saddle
(Ebay - SPORTS SADDLE - RETRO RACER STYLE | eBay ) [price - $16.00 + $7.80 for standard postage = AUD$23.80]

Stem
(Ebay - HANDLEBAR STEM 28.6MM THREADLESS | eBay ) [price - $8.50 + $7.80 for standard postage = AUD$16.30]

Handle bars
(Ebay - steel drop bars with alloy sleeve centre- HANDLEBARS - 390mm STEEL WITH ALLOY CENTRE | eBay ) [price - $11.00 + $13.60 for standard postage = AUD$24.60]

Bar-tape
(Ebay - HANDLEBAR TAPE - BLACK CUSHION VINYL | eBay ) [price - $8.00 + $6.25 for standard postage = AUD$14.25]

Front brake components
Caliper - (Ebay - ALLOY BRAKE CALIPERS - DUAL PIVOT - Q/R 52-72MM REACH | eBay ) [price - $49.00 + $7.80 for standard postage = AUD$56.80]
Brake lever - (Ebay - BRAKE LEVERS - AERO ROAD - * BIKE PARTS * | eBay ) [price - $24.00 + $7.80 for standard postage = AUD$31.80]
Cable - (Ebay - BRAKE CABLE - UNIVERSAL BLACK -* BIKE PARTS * | eBay ) [price - $4.50 + $3.50 for standard postage = AUD$8.00]
Brake pads - (Cell - Shimano BR-1055 Brake Shoe Set - [price - $13.59 + $1.36 for tax + $9.96 for shipping to Perth = AUD$24.91]
(SUBTOTAL for front brake components - AUD$121.50)

Total (NOT including front brake components) = $592.42

$900.00 - $592.42 = $307.58

Accordingly, this virtual build = 307.58 points

PS - Can we please have a moderator to volunteer to be judge. I can’t imagine that’ll be an onerous task.

PPS - This build makes the $449.00 Cell Custom FG bike (see Custom Fixies Build Your Own Fixie Bike ) seem like very good value indeed

Anyone got a filehost? I’ve got an excel spreadsheet template for this if you want it.

It looks like this thread/competition has been forgotten. The proposed rules state the competition will close at 5:00 pm EST tomorrow. Just for the hell of it, I’ve decided to post an update of my earlier example as an entry. Hopefully it won’t be the only one.

For the purposes of this entry/update, I’ve changed some components for cheaper ones, up graded other components, and adjusted the shipping costs (some of which were too low). All prices are now in Australian dollars.

Frame + fork
(Ebay - fixie,track,fixed gear frame and fork 700CX48-58CM | eBay - VISP frame (RED) suits 106 - 108 mm BB) - [price = $120 base cost + $67 for shipping = $187]

Headset
Its unclear whether the frameset comes with a headset. Just in case, add the cost of a headset from Ebay ( Bicycle VP Cane Creek A71 Headset 28.6/34/30 | eBay ) - [price = $14.95 base cost + free shipping = $14.95]

Wheelset
(Ebay - includes rim tape, fixed gear cog, lock ring & axle nuts - Stars Cirle Single Track Fixie Wheels Wheelset - Stars Cirle Single Track Fixie Wheels Wheelset | eBay ) - [price = $80 base cost + free shipping = $80]

Tyres
(Torpedo 7 - SERFAS Seca Comp Race Tyre -700 x 23 Folding - Torpedo7 - SERFAS Seca Comp Race Tyre -700 x 23 Folding) - [price - (2 x $12.99) + $9.00 for shipping to Perth = $34.98]

Tubes
(Torpedo 7 - Torpedo7 | Outdoor Gear Store | Extreme Sports New Zealand Shop Online - SERFAS 700C Presta Tube ) - [price - (2 x $2.49) + $9.00 for shipping to Perth = $13.98]

Bottom bracket
(Ebay - VP Track Fixie Road Bike Bottom Bracket BB 68x107mm | eBay - VP Track Fixie Road Bike Bottom Bracket BB 68x107mm )- [price - $10.00 base cost + $10.00 for shipping to Perth = $20.00]

Crank set
(Ebay - black, 170mm, square taper, 45mm chainline when used with 103mm BB, includes 46t chain ring and bolts - SHUN Track Fixie Crank Crankset 170mm 46T Black | eBay ) - [price = $45.00 base cost + free shipping = $45.00]

Pedals
(Ebay - 9/16" with toe clips and straps - Track Fixie Bike Pedals Toe Clips+Leather Straps Silver | eBay ) [price = $35.00 base cost + free shipping = $35.00]

Chain
(Ebay - CHAIN YBN 1/2 X 1/8 X 116L CHROME - BMX, TRACK, FIXIE | eBay )- [price - $12.00 + $4.60 for standard postage = $16.60]

Seat post
(Ebay - black 300mm 27.2mm - FELT Mountain Road Bike Seatpost 27.2mm 300mm | eBay ) [price = $20.00 base cost + free shipping = $20.00]

Saddle
(Ebay - 2011 new Kona Saddle Seat for road bike or MTB 29er | eBay - 2011 new Kona Saddle Seat for road bike or MTB 29er [price - $10.00 + $4.95 for postage = $14.95]
OR
(Ebay - NEW Cycling Bike Bicycle PRO ROAD SADDLE soft Comfort | eBay ) [price - $4.75 + $16.99 for postage = $21.74]

Stem
(Ebay - HANDLEBAR STEM 28.6MM THREADLESS | eBay ) [price - $8.50 + $7.80 for standard postage = $16.30]

Handle bars
(Ebay - steel drop bars with alloy sleeve centre- HANDLEBARS - 390mm STEEL WITH ALLOY CENTRE | eBay ) [price - $11.00 + $13.60 for standard postage = $24.60]

Bar-tape
(Ebay - HANDLEBAR TAPE - BLACK CUSHION VINYL | eBay ) [price - $8.00 + $6.25 for standard postage = $14.25]

Front brake components
Caliper - (Ebay Fixie Track Bike Dual Pivot Caliper Brake FRONT RED | eBay Dia Compe dual pivot, including pads - 43-57mm drop ) [price = $35.00 base cost + free shipping = $35.00]
Brake lever - (Ebay - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GOLDFINGER-Fixie-Track-Bike-Brake-Lever-RIGHT-RED-/170619032729?pt=AU_Sport_Cycling_Parts&hash=item27b9afd499 ) [price price = $30.00 base cost + free shipping = $30.00]
Cable - (Ebay - BRAKE CABLE - UNIVERSAL BLACK -* BIKE PARTS * | eBay ) [price - $4.50 + $3.50 for standard postage = $8.00]
(Subtotal for front brake components - $73.00)

Total - $610.61

Total (NOT including front brake components) = $537.61

$900.00 - $537.61 = $362.39

Ergo - This build is 362.39 points

[QUOTE=El Kabong;334331]It looks like this thread/competition has been forgotten. The proposed rules state the competition will close at 5:00 pm EST tomorrow. Just for the hell of it, I’ve decided to post an update of my earlier example as an entry. Hopefully it won’t be the only one.
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I reckon you’ll be the winner!! (and right about being the only one)

Nah, here’s another one:

Frame + fork
Track Fixie Road Bike Frame with Fork White 59cm | eBay includes seat post, fork, headset

$120 + $29.95 post = $149.95

Wheelset
Fixie Freewheel Track Wheel Wheelset Deep V White+Tyres | eBay includes tyres, tubes, fixed cog, lockring, freewheel

$114 (free post)

Bottom bracket
VP Track Fixie Road Bike Bottom Bracket BB 68x110.5mm | eBay

$10 + $10 post = $20

Crank set
SHUN Track Fixie Crank Crankset 170mm 46T Black | eBay

$44.99 (free post)

Pedals
PEDALS - 9/16" WITH TOECLIPS AND STRAPS | eBay

$28.00 + $7.80 post = $35.80

Chain
Yaban - YBN S410HX Track

$7.99 + $6.60 post = $14.59

Saddle
Velo Saddle for Fixie, Single Speed, or Vintage Bicycle | eBay

$22.80 + $7.00 post = $29.80

Stem
NEW Alloy Stem 120mm Black 1 1/8" Std 26mm Bar Size | eBay

$7.95 + $8.00 post = $15.95

Handle bars
HANDLEBARS - STEEL ROAD - 390mm - * BIKE PARTS * | eBay

$9.00 + $12.50 post = $21.50

Bar-tape
HANDLEBAR TAPE - YELLOW - * BIKE PARTS * | eBay

$5.50 + $6.25 post = $11.75

SUBTOTAL = $448.33


Brake caliper
Campagnolo Mirage Front Brake - Black | eBay

$22.00 + $8.00 post = $30.00

Brake lever
Bike Bicycle Aluminum Front Rear Hand Brake Levers Pair | eBay

$8.79 (free post)

Brake cable
Clarks Brake Cable Front or Rear - Road/MTB -Gal. BLACK | eBay
$8.00 + $6.00 post = $14.00

Brake subtotal $52.79


$900.00 - $448.33 = $451.67

451.67 points

Would I ride it? No.

Family Guy - as per rule (j) - you now have bragging rights and universal adoration.

I wouldn’t ride my own ‘virtual build’ bikes either.

If you’re building a whole bike, then off the shelf bikes seem to provide much better bang-for-your-buck. However, most people who build a bike from Ebay/on-line parts generally start with something (e.g. a frame, a wheelset, etc), and that can change the ‘value equation’ radically.