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    Grumpy Old Bugga europa's Avatar
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    Show us your fixed gear bike

    Seeing they've had a few mentions recently, and knowing that such 'interest' will fade in the coming weeks as we discover something else to talk about, how about posting a picture or two of your fixed gear ride

    Richard
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    And here's mine, the much loved Europa



    I bought her brand new in the early to mid eighties - I can't remember when but the shop closed in 1985. The frame was either a rebadged Japanese or Italian frame or it may have been made here in Oz by John Abeni, the bloke who owns the Europa name.

    Steel - probably Reynolds 351
    She came fitted with Ofmega R cranks and Ofmega derailleurs front and rear with Suntour friction shifters. Italian alloy handle bars and stem. Ambrosia wheels with sealed hubs - still darned good wheels actually.

    The conversion has been progressive - it started with a basic suicide conversion and went from there and is still ongoing.

    Currently she features:
    Brooks B17 saddle
    Those same bars and neck
    The original diacompe brakes because I can't afford some decent dual pivot jobs - I need a 70mm reach.
    Aero brake levers from the nineties.
    The orignal Ofmega R crank - I keep looking at that and wondering whether to replace it during the next round of fiscal irresponsibility.
    Novatech hubs - good quality but not super high.
    El cheapo 'Shining' rims - the wheelset was built by a local wheel builder to a budget - the set cost me less than a single 'decent' wheel and it should be noted that when a mate went to him with the same request a month later, the builder declined to repeat the deal They're not bad wheels actually for a workhorse bike.
    Gearing - 42x16

    That old carrier is the one I bought and fitted in the eighties - aluminium - unobtainable now ... in this country anyway. She used to wear mudguards too but they're now on the commuter.

    The future?
    New crankset and bb though I can't for the life of me come up with a reason why.
    Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub.
    Velocity Fusion rims.
    Tektro dual pivot brakes

    She's got cheap pedals fitted at the moment but I'm going to rebuild and refit the pedals she came with originally. I'm not using them now because they have a tag that sticks up on the outside - my current shoes overhang that tag but I reckon I'll grind it off and refit the pedals along with her original toe clips. You can buy decent pedals in America but not here and by the time you import them, they're damned expensive.

    So that's the Europa you hear me yapping about and which features in my avatar

    Richard
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    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

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    1980 razesa which was built with 1979 campy super record which is now in boxes.
    running a 46/16 use it sometimes in the winter, when it iis raining or hill sprints

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    This bike is a SS. The bike is a 80's big box Raleigh that was found at the curb waiting for the rubbishman. (I'm wondering if the lugs might mean it was a better quality bike) It took the double crank apart and used the big ring with the riveted on trim. The gear is 52 x 19. I added new brake levers, Brooks B17-N, bars and Brooks pedals from my early 70"s Super course, new cables and painted the bike with spray bombs. The buffing wheel cleaned up all the shinny bits nicely.

    oldschool areodynamic brick

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    It's in pieces.

    I repainted it over the winter but I'm dissatisfied with the result so I'm going to strip it down to bare metal and start over. Anybody have one of those round tuits? As soon as I get one I can start over.

    It's a Raleigh Technium mountain bike frame with the canty studs shaved. 39 x 17, Surly hubs, CXP 21 700c rims, Ultegra crank, Octolink bottom bracket. Handlebar is a chopped, inverted and repainted Bontrager road bar. It has a 105 front brake with a Salsa cross lever.
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    THe blue fixie with the Obama spoke card is mine. I built up the black fixie for my buddy. It seems I am riding my fixie these days more than any of my other 4 bikes!
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    Planet X Pro Carbon with Sugino 75 cranks, Nitto bars and Planet X 50 mm carbon tubie wheels.



    Velodiva's Cervelo P3 Track bike with Sugino 75 cranks, Nitto Bars and Velocity clincher wheels,

    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCSF415 View Post
    THe blue fixie with the Obama spoke card is mine. I built up the black fixie for my buddy. It seems I am riding my fixie these days more than any of my other 4 bikes!
    You are the official 50+ hipster!

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    My beater Atala fixed gear:



    Early 70s "Grand Prix" frame, SR Royal crank with TA 43T ring. Zeus Pista pedals. Suzue flip/flop rear hub with 16T TDC fixed cog. Hard anodized Rigida 1320 rims. Michelin HiLite SuperComp HD 700Cx18 slicks. 1st generation DuraAce side pulls. Campy Gran Sport headset. TTT bars with Specialized stem. A real mutt.

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    Surly Steamroller

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCSF415 View Post
    THe blue fixie with the Obama spoke card is mine. I built up the black fixie for my buddy. It seems I am riding my fixie these days more than any of my other 4 bikes!
    Doesn't the Obama card make it veer radically to the LEFT?
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    Peugeot fixed gear.



    Hated it! Converted back to gears.


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    Raoul Duke - 1980ish Fuji S-12S
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    No coffee shop cruisers here. First is a mid-1970's Colin Laing track bike I got in 1979 as part of a trade-in deal when I worked at the LBS. Originally a brown/white 2-tone, it's repainted and re-badged with Colin's later "Colian" decals. It's a "Heinz 57 grouppo" of period correct and updated parts. When I got it, it had been drilled for brakes.



    Next is a Univega Gran Premio conversion, currently set up with fenders for winter/early spring riding. This one gets a lot of miles on early season rides of 20-50 miles.


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    Quote Originally Posted by northbend View Post
    Nice. Is that a wrench mounted to the seat tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    Nice. Is that a wrench mounted to the seat tube?

    Nice bike, good idea, too...

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    Some really clean, simple looking bikes here.
    .cinelli.olympic.surly.long.haul.trucker.kona.ku.surly.steamroller.
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    My '87 Schwinn World Sport conversion.

    '04 Giant OCR2|'87 Schwinn World Sport F/G conversion (6,129)|'92 Trek 820 MTB|'85 Schwinn Super LeTour
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    Is that a wrench mounted to the seat tube?
    Yep. Ace Hardware 8 bucks

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    Felt wrench/beer opener. Bolts on!
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    Here's my Motobecane Le Champion built-up fixed.


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    My Frejus track with new powdercoat. The original chrome couldn't be salvaged.
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    I should have taken a picture of my road bike before I got the broken shift cable replaced, then I'd have something to show in this thread.

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