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Old 05-02-06, 10:32 AM   #1
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Green Fixie Project, day 3482798479

Funds are low, unable to purchase all parts at this time. Looks like it might be a month or more before I get the final parts I need (minor stuff like BB, crank).

Note to self: Next project bike will NOT NEED NEW WHEELS. Damn, a wheelset kills the budget. Literally it doubled how much I'm spending on the darn thing. I ordered the wheels already instead of other parts because I'm tired of having it hanging in the middle of my basement, I want to be able to roll it around.
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Old 05-02-06, 11:17 AM   #2
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Amen to that. Wheels are just about the most expensive part about building a bike.
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Ain't it the truth. I finally found a wheelset for my singlespeed project recently, and fortunately I got a used set with desirable components. I would have liked to have gone new and built the wheels myself, and I would have liked to have gone with a freehub instead of a freewheel, but both would have demolished my budget with a vengeance.

I'm also unable/unwilling to go used on certain components (handlebars, saddle), and that's slowing things down a bit and driving up the budget.

But really, a big part of the fun of doing this build is scouring the net and local bike swaps for nice parts at good prices. Having an unlimited budget and just laying out the credit card for everything right away would make it a completely different experience.

According to my figures so far, I've spent $740 on $1800 worth of parts. I don't think that's too bad.
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Old 05-02-06, 06:58 PM   #4
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Doh! My whole budget's more like $400... maybe $500, counting the "core" bike ($75). The wheelset was $200 though . BB, crank & chainring, chain... and I want to say there's something else I'm forgetting, but that's basically the major parts I have left to get. In a few weeks when I have more money .

At the moment I'm reusing the frame & fork (painting which was a PITA due to the fact that I painted the fork BEFORE discovering experimentally that you cannot press a 26.4mm headset onto a 27mm fork... repaint fork time).

I should have just reused the headset, because the locknut on the new headset also won't fit on the fork, the steerer tube is cut too short (the old headset wasn't as tall / didn't take up as much space as the new one). Hindsight... Anyway I used a punch to dimple the top race / nut thingy part of the headset where the fork tube has that groove... that should prevent it from accidentally loosening.

I'm also reusing the handlebars (they were shaped very similarly to mustache bars), the brakes (on a fixie! ) and the seat/seatpost. The seat & post are up in the air, I'm going to see how I like 'em because the seat seemed comfortable on the test ride.

Oh yeah, that's the other thing I needed to order, brake pads. I don't think kool stop salmon pads are supposed to feel hard as rock. These are so dried out I can't even mark 'em with my fingernail.
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Old 05-03-06, 01:33 AM   #5
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what wheelset u get eggy? a $200 wheelset is a good price. i'm thinking open pros or velocity's.

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Funds are low, unable to purchase all parts at this time. Looks like it might be a month or more before I get the final parts I need (minor stuff like BB, crank).

Note to self: Next project bike will NOT NEED NEW WHEELS. Damn, a wheelset kills the budget. Literally it doubled how much I'm spending on the darn thing. I ordered the wheels already instead of other parts because I'm tired of having it hanging in the middle of my basement, I want to be able to roll it around.
I love project bikes. I'm working on a fixed gear bike myself. It'll have an old Raleigh Technium mountain bike frame converted to 700c wheels. Surley hubs and CXP 21 rims, Ultegra crank, Cinelli bar and stem, 105 front brake. I'm in the process of shaving off the canty mounts from the frame and fork. Next comes a ratle can satin black paint job. Hubs are on the way so that I can build the wheels.
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Old 05-03-06, 06:27 AM   #7
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Funds are low, unable to purchase all parts at this time. Looks like it might be a month or more before I get the final parts I need (minor stuff like BB, crank).

Note to self: Next project bike will NOT NEED NEW WHEELS. Damn, a wheelset kills the budget. Literally it doubled how much I'm spending on the darn thing. I ordered the wheels already instead of other parts because I'm tired of having it hanging in the middle of my basement, I want to be able to roll it around.
If you are willing to wait ... I have a set of 27's with 1 1/4 tires. One is ancient but true and solid, the other one is aluminum. The rear one is the aluminum one and it will work with a suicide setup and some kind of lockring. You can have them
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Old 05-03-06, 08:01 AM   #8
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If you are willing to wait ... You can have them
DOH! If only I'd talked to you before. I ordered these: http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?id=1675 from Harris Cyclery (Sheldon Brown).

This bike came with 27's, but they were crap... steel/chrome rims, spokes starting to rust, one rim was bent, etc.
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I predict that you will be 1203% happier with your purchase than with my wheels.
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So I just realized, thanks to the digital camera I bought this weekend... I can post pictures!

BTW my wheels got here today . How tight are you supposed to tighten the cog? I went for "fairly snug" but I was using the 24" homemade chain whip pictured below... I then put the lock ring on with medium locktite... I didn't have a lockring tool so I tapped it tight using a mallet and a drift placed into the notches.

Also the wheel is "fixed/free", does that mean if I want to use the other side I have to get a freewheel + cog? For some reason I thought the freewheel would be in the hub.

The handlebars are the originals, however I flipped 'em so they'd be dropping instead of rising.






[edit] just noticed looking at the pictures that my frame is almost the exact same color as the extension cord hanging behind it .
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Whoah! That is one eye-catching bike! Was it already that color, or is it a repaint? Also, which brand/model of fenders are those? They're like nothing I've ever seen.

For the "free" side of the flip-flop hub, you need to purchase a singlespeed freewheel. You don't buy a separate cog, just the freewheel in the size you want. And you don't actually need to buy the freewheel, either. You can just leave that side of the hub alone, save $25 that you don't reeaaallly need to spend on a freewheel .

That'll be one sharp bike when it's done!
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Effin' A, grolby. And flipping the town bike bars is a great way to get the moustache bar style without shelling out $75 for the Nittos. You didn't really need to locktite the lockring, it's not going to spin off when you back pedal, but what the hey, no harm done.
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Old 05-04-06, 08:10 AM   #13
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That's a repaint. Up close the paint job isn't that good, it is really crappy spray paint. Unfortunately you don't have a lot of choice in neon green... I first tried marking paint (you can see that sitting on the work bench in the background) but marking paint isn't meant to be a surface paint so it didn't work (scraped right off). I hunted around in hardware stores until I found that... but it was watery, took a million coats, didn't go on even... Not a big deal, from a few feet away it looks good. But if you run your hand over it or look too close you can tell it isn't the best.

The bike is a Schwinn World Tourist, fairly uncommon, actually came with the Shimano Front Freewheel System (the freewheel was in the BB, instead of at the back). The fenders were original. They used to be colored the same as the frame, with chrome stays, but I liked the green/black combo. I think it's Krylon, either that or Rustoleum, don't remember which... "semi-flat" black. That's a great paint BTW, goes on beautiful, even, etc.

I was curious about the freewheel in a "theoretical" sense, I'm not going to buy one at this point.

Thanks, yeah I think it'll be pretty sweet looking. If you notice, the wheels (hubs, spokes, rims) are all black too which really completes it. I should have painted the kickstand too, I might take it back off and do that. I was debating whether that would be worthwhile though, because the kickstand is going to get scraped up and it might look worse painted with a bunch of scratches than not painted at all.
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Old 05-04-06, 10:18 AM   #14
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Go neon green. I finished my repaint a few weeks ago. I was going to go for white, but my wife wanted bright green. Everyone says that my bike is almost as visible as my HHCMF shirts. The bike has been nicknamed mine "The Hulk". Been riding it too much to take a picture.

Don't worry about the kickstand. I painted the kickstand on a prior project... it didn't last.
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