Re: Time to give up?
I agree with nehmo, I hang aroung the local scrapyards evertime I get a chance. You can buy bikes from scrappers for pennies on the dollar! $5 bucks for a frame is better than 3 cents scrap price so the scrappers will almost always deal. I once saw a guy buy a whole trailer load of at least 50 bikes for $50 bucks. I was so mad he beat me to it!
Don't give up!
If more is better, then too much is just enough.
If you can't afford it, build it yourself.