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Old 02-05-14, 04:52 PM   #1
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Show me your SS commuter!

I'm building up a single speed commuter bike over the next few weeks and I'm in need of something to give me a few ideas. I'm building it from a 1989 specialized rockhopper frame and parts from my co-op. I'll post mine when it's done.

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Heres my Schwinn. Down for a BB repair, currently.
Love this bike. How to build an absolutely bulletproof commuter for 300.00

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...Down for a BB repair, currently.
... an absolutely bulletproof commuter...)
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Old 02-05-14, 07:21 PM   #5
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It's got a rack, fenders and slicks now, but I haven't taken an updated picture.

(BTW, that saddle is off of an '89 Rockhopper.)
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It is absolutely filthy in the middle of its first back-eastern winter, but here you go:

Motobecane USA (BikeIsland) Fantom Cross Uno all outfitted for commuting. Yes, this is not a drive side pic.
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^^^^what gearing do you have set up on that?^^^^
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^^^^what gearing do you have set up on that?^^^^
39x16. My chain tension is a little excessive in this picture, it has since been adjusted. I am still getting the hang of a chain tensioner.
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Old 02-06-14, 12:29 PM   #11
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My fixed gear Rodriguez that I use for absolutely everything (Paris-Brest-Paris, London-Edinburgh-London, California Triple Crown, Furnace Creek 508 plus commuting every day to work), complete with couplers for taking advantage of travel ops. I have been running a front disc brake on it this winter to save wear on the front rim (BB7 mechanical) and it's worked great, even saving the rear rim and pads since I only need to use the front as long as it's not icy. In the spring, I put the ENVE fork with Campag caliper back on. The picture was taken in December after riding to work in light snow.

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Here's my 1967 Carlton Flyer as a Fixed Gear. Rear brake is off for the moment while I try to find a longer M6 bolt for the brake mount so I can attach the fender to the exposed section with a wingnut, like I did on the front, that way I can remove it without adjusting the brakes.

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Hmmm.
Sometimes stuff passes its lifespan. Especially stuff with bearings.
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Sometimes stuff passes its lifespan. Especially stuff with bearings.
Don't you have like 7000km on it?
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... wasn't my BB. That would be Mr. Funny Characters with the pink Schwinn up there.
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Just finishing my Gary fisher Tassajara SS conversion for urban use.
was able to get a pretty good fit with a half link on the chain.

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Just finishing my Gary fisher Tassajara SS conversion for urban use.
was able to get a pretty good fit with a half link on the chain.

have a '97 Tass setup like that. i managed to remove a little mojo from the "magic gear" with a little filing and like you a half-link. these bikes are like a Soviet T-50 tank.
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This has been my snow bike commuter since we got our random snow.


This is my normal commuter.

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My fixed gear Rodriguez that I use for absolutely everything (Paris-Brest-Paris, London-Edinburgh-London, California Triple Crown, Furnace Creek 508 plus commuting every day to work), complete with couplers for taking advantage of travel ops. I have been running a front disc brake on it this winter to save wear on the front rim (BB7 mechanical) and it's worked great, even saving the rear rim and pads since I only need to use the front as long as it's not icy. In the spring, I put the ENVE fork with Campag caliper back on. The picture was taken in December after riding to work in light snow.

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I would like to know more about riding the PBP and Furnace Creek 508 on a fixie. Also, we're going to need a better pic.
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Is SS mainly for riding around for fun and short distance? Can it be pretty challenging on long rides?

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Is SS mainly for riding around for fun and short distance? Can it be pretty challenging on long rides?

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IMO, it's for reliability and ease of use. There's no shifting to fine tune every few months, longer chain life (no wear from side to side movement), and less of a chance that something goes wrong.

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