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    My Benotto Single Speed Winter Project....

    I had wanted to build a nice single speed bike to compliment my collection of bikes, I have vintage road bikes, a couple new mountain bikes....but no single speed bikes in my steed. I obtained a Benotto Modelo 850 frame cheap from a local bike shop. I wish I had taken before pics because this frame was nasty looking. It had some rust, bad paint, and no decals to speak of. I did a lot of research and it seemed I had a Modelo 850 w/ Columbus Zeta tubeset. I sanded down the whole frame and did a custom fade paintjob. This is my first repaint, and first bike to build from the ground up. I still have a little work to do but its mostly just getting the crankset, chain and stem/bars.

    Im not one of those fixie nuts, I just thought it would be neat to build my own single speed bike. The decals are not period correct but I wasnt really after period correct with this build. The pictures are not the best...but you get the idea. I plan to add some cut down drop bars, a vintage quill stem, and a single front brake, along with a 46T Crankset that I have not ordered yet. Its going to have a 46/16 ratio which i think will be good for all around town riding. The wheelset is a Mavic CXP-22 I nabbed of Craigslist for 80 bucks. I wanted to try to keep this bike under 20lbs...and its going to be close when its all said and done. I will update this thread when I get more parts installed on it....but here is the progress so far. Let me know if you guys like it....
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    That will be nice. Keep us posted with more pictures. And please consider going fixed, if only to try it. You might like it. It takes the simplicity theme to the extreme.
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    Nice work, especially considering it's your first build! It should make a nice addition to your collection.

    Keep us posted...
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    GET THAT BIKE OUT OF THE STAND!!!!!

    I don't know how long ago you painted it and applied the decals but unless you baked it I bet that paint is soft enough for the stand to ruin it. Not to mention the tear the decals. You should alwas use a soft clean rag between the clamp and frame, and never clamp over decals. Clamping by the TT is PIA for as the bike sits a bit low but I have learned to live with it.

    Great sounding project and very nice paint scheme, can't wait to see it in the sun light.

    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    GET THAT BIKE OUT OF THE STAND!!!!!

    I don't know how long ago you painted it and applied the decals but unless you baked it I bet that paint is soft enough for the stand to ruin it. Not to mention the tear the decals. You should alwas use a soft clean rag between the clamp and frame, and never clamp over decals. Clamping by the TT is PIA for as the bike sits a bit low but I have learned to live with it.

    Great sounding project and very nice paint scheme, can't wait to see it in the sun light.

    It was painted about a month ago, decals around the same time. I didnt clamp it real tight just enough for it to hang. Ill remedy this situation to put your mind at ease :-P. Thanks for the kind words, Ill get some better pics soon once some more progress is made.

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    That looks really great.

    Twenty pounds should be very attainable with that bike with even modest components.

    I recommend both front and rear brakes if the bike will ever not be ridden as a fixed gear.

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    How is your Benotto coming along?
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

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    WP_001251.jpgGot the cranks on it, bars, quill stem, seat, chain. I sill need to put a front brake on it and some tubes/tires.

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