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    Senior Member jowilson's Avatar
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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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    ♋ ☮♂ ☭ ☯ -=(8)=-'s Avatar
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by -=(8)=- View Post
    ...Down for a BB repair, currently.
    ... an absolutely bulletproof commuter...)
    Hmmm.
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    http://www.538.nl acidfast7's Avatar
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    Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S)
    Rohloffs seen on the commute: 3

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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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    A couple I no longer own.....





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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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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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    Senior Member jowilson's Avatar
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    ^^^^what gearing do you have set up on that?^^^^
    The sun'll come out tomorrow.

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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jowilson View Post
    ^^^^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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    Last edited by thenomad; 03-01-14 at 07:50 AM.
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    2013-12-20 005 Snow Commute-end.jpg

    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.

    Luis

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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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    My converted gary fisher marlin
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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by scroca View Post
    Hmmm.
    Sometimes stuff passes its lifespan. Especially stuff with bearings.
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    http://www.538.nl acidfast7's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Sometimes stuff passes its lifespan. Especially stuff with bearings.
    Don't you have like 7000km on it?
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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixracer View Post
    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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    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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    2010 Specialized Rockhopper single speed conversion. This is my "snow bike".

    Bottom picture is my 2012 Salsa Fargo single speed.









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    My Trek Soho S

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    Winter fixed gear... 41:20



    Summer fixed gear (beater), 52:18



    I tend to use a backpack or messenger bag when I ride the one speeds...

    1951 CCM, 52:20



    Or a saddlebag... 1955 Raleigh with a 48 and a 16/18 flip.


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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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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by lhbernhardt View Post
    2013-12-20 005 Snow Commute-end.jpg

    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.

    Luis
    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?

    Manny

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachManny View Post
    Is SS mainly for riding around for fun and short distance? Can it be pretty challenging on long rides?

    Manny
    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.

    Josh
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