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Old 05-05-08, 03:06 PM   #1
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No bikes were hurt making this fixie

I put together this fixed gear from a partially complete bike I was given. Nothing was cut off - including the handlebars. I think she's sharp. Note - I will adjust the saddle before her virgin ride. The saddle is new, but with big rivets and springs. I thought I'd try it out.


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Very Sharp! Glad to see a fixie done right. Kudos, Robtown!
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Old 05-05-08, 03:32 PM   #3
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I like the way your chain picks up the blue in the 'Lotus'.

Very good job .

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Very nice. Looks the perfect conversion frame.
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I see your very nice conversion and raise you one Purple Mistake



Started with the whole bike, wound up with just frame, fork and front brake. I did save all the bits and pieces just in case I want to put it all back together.

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Very Sharp! Glad to see a fixie done right. Kudos, Robtown!
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Only thing that perished on this '74 Raleigh Grand Prix was the original front fork (which I still have) - claimed by a stuck stem and a lack of grease - and the original paint (abused beyond recognition). A can of black with gold pinstripes resulted in a nice pseudo-Raleigh Competition.



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I'm building my first fixie right now and I have two questions:

Other thn clean looks, is there any reason not to run two brakes?

Why the tiny chainrings? Is it just for chainstay clearance?
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I'm building my first fixie right now and I have two questions:

Other thn clean looks, is there any reason not to run two brakes?

Nope.

My Le Champion built-up fixed.



Why the tiny chainrings? Is it just for chainstay clearance?
Fixed cogs typically are between about 15 and 18 teeth. Once you've got that, choose a chainring that gives the gear you want.
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I'm building my first fixie right now and I have two questions:

Other thn clean looks, is there any reason not to run two brakes?

Why the tiny chainrings? Is it just for chainstay clearance?
2 brakes are fine with me, and with no hills around here, we can stay on the big chainring.
Like those before us, I saved every part of the animal. I can be back to 2x7 speed in about an hour.
I doubt I can find a pink chain, but the thought did cross my mind....

If it doesn't sell, I'm taking my chrome fork off of eBay and giving this bike some bling.
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I applaud the redundancy provided by a rear brake. Besides, if you like to ride on the brake hoods, you will want to brake handles, anyway. I still predict a well deserved early death for this whole ridiculous fixie fad -- the only thing sillier is a single-speed freewheel conversion.
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Fixed cogs typically are between about 15 and 18 teeth. Once you've got that, choose a chainring that gives the gear you want.
I've had no trouble finding cogs with up to 22 teeth. That's 62.4 gear inches with a 52 ring and 700X25 tire and I wouldn't want to go lower than that. Bigger gears are more efficient and last longer, or so I've been told.

Is it really because the small chainrings look cool?

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Is it really because the small chainrings look cool?
Big is cool!



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Small chainrings drive me bezerk. Bring on those TA 3-pins with big rings (Dirtdrop's Carlton comes to mind).

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Here is one of my own bikes, 86 Schwinn Peloton. Most of the parts are way different now, and I should really take some new photos of it. I have the entire stock drivetrain in case I decide to put it back to its mostly original geared status.



And here are a few I have built in the past and sold through CL:











All of my builds have had a front brake only, and my own personal conversions only have a single brake if they have one. I think most people use a small chainring (inner ring on double) is because with a easily found 15t or 16t it gives you a good ratio to use. With using the outer ring of a 52t or 53t you need a bigger cog, and most places don't stock anything over a 17t or maybe a 18t.
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I applaud the redundancy provided by a rear brake. Besides, if you like to ride on the brake hoods, you will want to brake handles, anyway. I still predict a well deserved early death for this whole ridiculous fixie fad -- the only thing sillier is a single-speed freewheel conversion.
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Here is a (bad) photo of my progressing '76 Voyageur II fixie project:



Just short a 26.6 seatpost, handlebar stem, bar tape, and brake levers equipped with built-in adjusters (my favorites for non-stock builds - much easier to adjust) at this point.

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I still predict a well deserved early death for this whole ridiculous fixie fad -- the only thing sillier is a single-speed freewheel conversion.
Why is it silly? I like my single speed. I have a geared bike, well, several, so why not a single speed? its clean and there are no cables to bind me, lol. Really its a cool bike and light. I have also noticed after riding it a while and going back to a geared bike I fly up hills with my new found massive hams from the single speed. Go git 1 you will love it.

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This bike was hurt before I got to it. Never finished filing off those shifter bosses. They were added in the 80s at the same time as the paint.

I love this bike, it the most beat up one in my stable and it gets all the abuse. Errand around town bike though lately I have been getting a hankering for a porteur... anyone got a 25" Mixte?



Currently testing my Imperial on it.. not that great....

You may notice the reject corky stickers on it... I have heard everything...

"Is that a Marinoni?.... Raleigh? English? Italian?" you name it, everything except french. Which is what it is a 1975 Jeunet...
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That blue & white fade paintjob reminds me of a Ten Speed Drive Tomasso sans the chrome from the early 80's. I still want one...


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This bike was hurt before I got to it. Never finished filing off those shifter bosses. They were added in the 80s at the same time as the paint.

I love this bike, it the most beat up one in my stable and it gets all the abuse. Errand around town bike though lately I have been getting a hankering for a porteur... anyone got a 25" Mixte?



Currently testing my Imperial on it.. not that great....

You may notice the reject corky stickers on it... I have heard everything...

"Is that a Marinoni?.... Raleigh? English? Italian?" you name it, everything except french. Which is what it is a 1975 Jeunet...
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Okay, while we're at it, here's my 1981 Apollo Gran Sport:



Over the next few months I plan on making it into more of a porteur/utility bicycle - changing the bars and stem, making the gearing a little easier and adding a front rack, once I find one that is both affordable and strong.
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John E prolly doesn't have the legs to push a singlespeed up hill. well, maybe once dismounted.

what's wrong with singlespeed? they're just bicycles, for crying out loud. they're machines, and as long as you treat them with respect and care that any machine requires, even a classic piece of lugged steel, why does it matter how they're configured? It's not like it's dismembering a baby we're talking about. Nobody here is defending the chopping of an Eddy Merckx or a 1960s Bianchi, BTW. and single speed is more classic than multigeared anyway...

If you don't like it, don't complain, just exercise your right not to ride one. but once you do, you'll fall in love with it too.
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My Bridgestone RB5 singlespeed

Being an RB5 it had terrible components so singlespeed was really an overall improvement
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Okay, while we're at it, here's my 1981 Apollo Gran Sport:



Over the next few months I plan on making it into more of a porteur/utility bicycle - changing the bars and stem, making the gearing a little easier and adding a front rack, once I find one that is both affordable and strong.
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