Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - I'm Broke...but i have a frame!
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04-04-07, 01:48 PM
Ok, so i just picked up an 80's nishiki frame and fork. I want to set it up for single speed right now because my neighbor has wheels i can have. The bike needs everything else. can you please help point me in the right direction as far as a BB and crankset and a headset and stem? it would be much appreciated. oh, and if we can keep it as cheap as possible without being junk that would be great too.
what kind of lbs are around? if there are used bike shops like recycles around, sometimes you can find stems and headsets and even cranksets for super cheap.
if you don't want to go used, i'd suggest cranks on ebay and ITM bars and any of the bottom brackets off of nashbar. for cranksets i think you're going to have to go used to keep it cheap, but if you tell us more of what you're after and what kind of resources you have available, others will be able to help you out a lot.
i got a stem, bar, and lever combo at my lbs for 20 bucks, all in great shape.
04-04-07, 02:01 PM
That's a whole lotta requests, my friend. Go to an SS friendly LBS and have them take a look. There's no way anyone's going to identify correct BBs and cranks etc and do all the price comparison stuff for you. Go make friends with a local mechanic - there's lots of work to be done before that thing is up and running.
04-04-07, 02:09 PM
yeah, it was kind of a lot of requests. my main concern is the bottom bracket, i cant find anything about what size for the nishiki. i will have to look at the lbs to see if they have used parts.
04-04-07, 03:45 PM
Where do you live. I'm sure someone here will know where you should go.
04-04-07, 04:35 PM
Measure the width of the BB, might help you narrow it down. Most likely it's 68mm for a nishiki, I think you can safely count out french, italian and swiss specs. My guess is it's english. Not sure if there was a JIS standard for BB. Anyone?
I would be more concerned about the headset. The difference between english and JIS is so minor it may be hard to measure with normal calipers, that's worth a trip to the bike shop.
As for the stem, as long as it's not french you should be fine. I got this one for my wife's bike, looks fine and does the job:
Once you figure out your BB, cranks shouldn't be a problem either. You could probably just get a set of old doubles and "singlize" them.
04-04-07, 05:31 PM
I am actually in sacramento, i am just now getting back into bikes and don't know much except for what i have seen on here.
04-04-07, 05:49 PM
I had a feeling you were in Sac. You should come into the Bicycle Kitchen, we can give you a hand and we have lots of used parts on hand. I'll be in the shop on Sat from 12-4.
04-04-07, 05:54 PM
definitely, i have heard of it. i will have to stop bye on saturday then! thank you.
04-04-07, 06:05 PM
...........I would be more concerned about the headset. The difference between english and JIS is so minor it may be hard to measure with normal calipers, that's worth a trip to the bike shop.....
It is probably JIS. I just converted a mid-eighties Nishiki and found it had a JIS headset.
it is prolly jis but if it has the original hs it will prolly be suntour or tange
04-04-07, 10:19 PM
Luke, my name is Chris. Just ask for me.
04-04-07, 11:48 PM
thank you chris
04-06-07, 09:59 PM
ok, so i will be there around noon. about how much cash should i bring with me?
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