Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Over all cost of a fixed gear conversion?
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05-29-03, 06:33 PM
How much did you spend (minus donor frame) to covert to a fixed gear and what did you spend it on?
05-29-03, 07:45 PM
Rear track wheel....bought hub and stole a rim from a 700c front whl I had laying around and laced it up myself.....
hub about $36
spokes.....$15 for a box of 50
Trackcog and lockring....$40 if I recall right
Reused old crank just put on a single chainring.....about $20
set of bmx chainring bolts $5
track chain $25
chopped and flipped old bars..free
Total about $145
Funny thing is you can buy a new rear wheel and cog/ring for only slightly more than what it cost to build wheel yourself :(
05-29-03, 08:04 PM
i went the more spendy route, but got good deals on most things
new front/back wheels (mavic open pro + miche primato track hubs), built up especially for my frame, new bottom bracket, crankset and wheel installation for a perfect chainline, all done at the bike shop by a pro for a little over $300.
handlebars, and a bunch of other small things, about $100
pretty spendy, but i ended up with lots of awesome killer parts, and a solid, reliable ride.
05-29-03, 08:49 PM
$220 including $75 for a frame with usable headset, BB and cranks. That is low due to intershop connections. Hand lugged Trek frame, Phil Wood BB, Shimano 600 cranks, Campy headset, XTR front hub, 14/17 spokes, Araya rim, Shimano/Look pedals, Dura/Ace freewheel hub, *14/15 spokes, *Mavic Reflex rim, cinelli stem and track bar, *Surly cog, Diacompe levers, ? caliper, Dura/Ace post, *Conti Giro tubulars. New parts are astericked.
05-30-03, 06:58 AM
Rear wheel - $140 (Suzue Pro max hub and Alex rims)
QR axle- $10
Dura ace sprocket - $15
Dura ace lockring- $6
KMC ss chain - $15
bmx chinring bolts- $5
shipping and various$20
cowhorn bars- $50 (I really like these!!)
I guess I have about $270 into it.
Everything else I had laying around or what was originally on my Bianchi frame.
This is the second generation of this bike. My first setup was alot cheaper. Then I found out I loved fixed and upgraded.
$110. This is my cheap beat around town bike.
$30 Schwinn Varsity
$10 track Chain
$70 used back rear wheel (Suzue Flip/flop fixed/free hub on it)
Bike has a OPC so chainline was perfect. Converting old ten speeds is so easy.
If you don't want anything fancy don't spend that much on the bike
05-31-03, 10:07 AM
the first time i converted a road bike
i got a bianchi with campy cranks normandy hubs to mavic rims with continental tires for $50 bucks (best deal i've ever gotten, note to everybody: buy bikes on rainy days, better yet in the middle of rainy season)
used acs wheel - $10
dura ace track cog - $20
bmx chainring bolts - $5
bottom bracket lockring - $3
the second conversion i did was the best ever. i found a track hub at the LBS, but the hub was stripped out from somebody putting the wrong tread lockring on, they threw it out, i took the cog, and the tracknuts, and put them in my parts bin.
one day i found a 27" mallard/rigida rear wheel in the dumpster at a fancy bike shop... put the old cog on, and a bottom bracket lockring ($3) bought a tube and tire ($15) then put the wheel on an old motobecane that fixie cost me less than $20, and most of that was the tube and the tire. i also switched out the bars for some chromed out steel bars i stole from a trashed bianchi in my backyard.
then again i did spend a grand on my real trackbike, but thats besides the point.
05-31-03, 04:40 PM
Parts to build a wheel £15
Rear cog £3
Single chainring bolts £4
This was in around 1983. No point in overspending on something you might not enjoy :)
05-31-03, 04:42 PM
...oh, yeah- I was running a bottom bracket with twin adjustable cups, or I'd have had to buy a short axle too.........
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