I thought I'd have a go at converting an old peugeot into a fixed speed bike. As it was my first project i figured i'd keep it real and start with a cheap ebay purchase. Apologies in advance for any mistaken ID on bike parts by the way! I got the original biken for less than 20 quid all in which was fine. I kept the front 52 chainring and removed the inner 42 chainring. I lost the rear groupset which i learned was Helicomatic (not much positive feedback on this bit of technology on the forums!) I purchased a shimano hub and rear chain cog for about £70 quid from velosolo (no assoc' with me) which was a stinger but by then i had the bug! I quite liked the old rigida rims which have cleaned up nicely. I had fun rebuilding the rear wheel with the new hub, new spokes (under a tenner) and the original rims (tips required on this later!)
Most of the other outlays were on tools which i'm sure i'll be using again in the future so i'm not adding this to my costs. I scored an old brooks saddle on ebay. In fact I got two old bikes for £2, yep £2 and one of them had the brooks saddle which was pretty dry so i gave it the neatsfoot oil treatment and it seems to have done the trick.
A good ebay trick seems to be to search close to your own postcode for sellers who are not offering postage. This reduces the amount of bidders to very few. I live in aberdeen and picked the two bikes up in rural aberdeenshire on the way back from a hike in the cairngorms. I sold one of the frames (dawes) for £25 after stripping it and offering postage so that took the edge of the price of the rear hub.
Just waiting on some tires and i'll give it a test ride. I am going to get the gear lever bosses removed before painting the frame (my metalworking mate is going to do it properly for me - i'd mess it up.
Chain cost a tenner or thereabouts. On the lookout for a stubby brake lever and that's about it.
when i've made up the rear wheel some of the spokes ends are emerging through the nipple more tan others and some noticably so - any tips on sorting this? I have it almost true but i though the wheel might be distorted into a slightly oval shape!
I have an old raleigh frame to sell but don't think it's up to much. Not reynolds or anything and weighs a ton!
not sure if i've attached the picture properly - soon see....