sourcing metal/ materials?

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  1. iTGbuDeeV

    iTGbuDeeV

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    Where you you all source your materials from? Specifically various diameter tubing for frame mods/ stretches, and appropriate sized plugs for said frame mods to help join the pieces together?

    I am totally new at this and got very lucky with my first build happening to match some spare pipe (yes, pipe, but it worked) that I found in a friends garage.

    I have many ideas for several bike I have laying around but am struggling to find some basic raw materials.
     
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  2. LukeTheJoker

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    If you are just starting out, the best thing is old junk frames, lots of different size tubing available. You can cut a small slit in a piece to squash it smaller to make sleeves for inside joins fairly easily too.

    I have used everything from old fence pipe to bunk bed frames to get sizes and curves I wanted in the past, these days I usually buy full lengths from a metal supplier and get custom rolling done for curves, but it is still cool to find just the right piece of tube in a junk yard to use on a build!
     
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  3. iTGbuDeeV

    iTGbuDeeV

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    Thanks. I have been keeping an eye out on the Garage sale/ Free sections of the local craigslist pages for exactly this reason. Managed to score 5 bikes and a few extra parts for $40 this weekend. Guess i'll keep on keeping on!
     
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    I just picked up a porch swing which had about three different diameters of steel tubing just the right wall thickness for bicycles. I avoid galvanized pipe for the obvious reasons, but just about anything else can be used.
     
  5. dracothered

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    Just keep your eye out for anything made of metal and see what it tells you it wants to be a part of. You may be shocked at what you find that you can build a bike from. For example I built the frame of a bike from a Reese hitch car tow bar.

    Frame 1.JPG Almost Finished 6.JPG
     
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