I just finished my first build. I originally wanted an old schwinn but I picked this up from a friend for next to nothing I then put way more money in to it than it's worth but I guess that's part of the fun. I threw on some new wheels with a nexus 3 speed, some apes and paint.
here is my baby from begining to end BTW im now officially addicted and looking for my next build,
started with new tires then i got new seat and bmx pedals after my freind at DTLA bikes converted my rear wheel into a freewheel and put front and rear breaks and i added the handle bars and stem off a lil bmx gonna chain that soon to a big bmx one but there it is
bought for $20 on craigslist with a taco'd front rim. neighbor gave me a near-new womens Good Vibrations i used the wheelset and seat off from, and used the bars off of an old mountain bike i have laying around.
started life as maroon, then i started my refinish with a basecoate of hammertone copper:
put spots of white here and there, then topcoated with satin Wildflower Blue:
sanded the blue with 2000 grit until it was very thin, with some white and copper poking through. had a talented friend of mine hand-lay the pinstriping. finished everything else in flat black.
ideally i wanted to use a drop stem from a road bike to really slam the stance, and have more detail in painting the wheels/spokes/spoke nipples, but i had to finish it before our group ride this past weekend, so it is what it is. it's alot of fun for $20, four cans of paint, and two .44 mag valve stem covers invested.