Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Bikes: 1975 Full Campy N.R. Centurian Super Lemans,1984 Focus Vintage pre susp. mountain, hardtail,suntour xc sport, many treks, diamondbacks, and, 1950' crusier J.C.Higgins,triex (road) and kakakura silk (road)
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They did a hack job of making it a fixed gear. If it was my bike, the first thing I would do, is strip it down to the bare frame and start from scratch. Your going to want to repack you bottom bracket with fresh grease and replace the crank with one that has no chain guard and only one sprocket. Most people would go with the smaller of the 2 chain rings. Probably a 39 or so...Next remove the gear cluster(freewheel) and use a fixed gear like an 18, it's up to you to decide if you want to coast or not, If you need to coast without pedaling, get a BMX style ratcheting sprocket. I personally can't stand front reflectors, so I would remove them. I also hate auxiliary brake safety levers. That cheap vinyl seat has got to go, you may not like a Brooks Leather B-17 but if you tried one you just might grow to love it!
It might be alot of fun to convert this bike back to a 12 speed. Just get a rear derailleur, front derailleur and some down tubes shifters, add some links back to the chain and your all set.
This bike is a gem in the rough...don't forget to repack both hubs and headset with fresh grease. I love the white lithium kind, also Phil Wood waterproof is great! I would say that bike is worth $65.00 dollars in it's present condition, if it was mint, it could go for $170 to $215 , the frame is fully lugged and very nice.
Last edited by king koeller; 09-17-09 at 07:50 AM.