Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Econo SS build
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08-06-08, 06:21 PM
I'm not sure I'll like the SS style of riding , so I didn't want to put a lot of money into my first build. I bought a Schwinn Continental III at a yard sale for $15 and stripped it , adding a set of lighter wheels from a donor $10 MTB , spent $20 on a set of street tires and this is what I put together in about 3 hours time . Riser bars came off the MTB . It still needs a little tweaking , along with a different front brake caliber , but so far so good, and she rides sweeeeeeet ! I'm thinking of rattle can Black , maybe a durable bedliner finish and polish up the chrome front forks . Total cost so far $45 . kirby
08-06-08, 06:26 PM
Tighten that chain!
08-06-08, 08:04 PM
I did !! I wanted to get a picture before it got dark. I tightened the chain and adjusted the seat , actually changed the seat and then took her on a neighborhood tour . I think I'm going to like the simplicity and the lighter weight . It weighs about 28 lbs (it's a steel frame ) but that's a lot less than it did to begin with . kirby
Yeah, that ain't the lightest frame in the world, lol. But if she's fun to ride I'd say that's a great bike for $45.
08-07-08, 09:38 AM
Yea , she's a little on the heavy side , but I built her for neighborhood cruising and for the exercise . I have a Le Tour III , I may end up converting also, it has a lighter frame. I like using the street tired MTB wheels , they give a little more cushion ride on the bumpy cart paths around here .kirby
Damm i though that my 23lbs ss was heavy :P
Nice job dude and enjoy yourself ;)
08-07-08, 12:53 PM
Maybe I am missing something, but isn't that a geared bike? Did you just glue the levers?
08-07-08, 01:26 PM
Look at the other picture. The one where he's stripped everything off and replaced the drops with risers.
08-07-08, 02:41 PM
It's before and after pictures . I did leave the geared freewheel on, for now, but I'm only using a single gear on it . What's the best way to remove the old cracked decals without messing up the paint? kirby
08-07-08, 06:16 PM
Do you have any pedal strike issues after lowering the bottom bracket with those smaller tires?
but is not fixed, freewheel is on
02-13-09, 08:47 PM
Kirby What size MTB road tires are you running?
02-13-09, 09:10 PM
To be honest, while some bikes can pull off the riser look, I think your bike would have looked better with some bullhorns, drop bars or Mustache Bars on it instead. Other than that it's a good way to get acquainted.
Oh and put a rear brake on there since it is running a freewheel.
02-14-09, 06:35 AM
I like the riser look. It looks very simple. Also if 90% of braking is done with the front brake and the bike is not for racing but is for cruising the front shold be fine.
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