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Old 12-30-12, 04:24 PM   #1
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Freestyle Fixie Build (need ideas)

Freestyle Fixie Build
I'm new to the forum, but I'm an experienced cyclist. Im only 15, but I've been on wheels since I could walk. I actively ride BMX and I enjoy an ocassional distance ride on my road bike.

I really want a bike that has the following specifications, if possible:

- Speed of a road bike or close to it

- Durability to the extent that I can confidently jump up and down curbs and ride on relatively rough terrain

- Under 30 lbs.

- Good looking: shouldnt be too hard. I can powdercoat the parts.

- tires that can handle dirt

My main use will be simply to get around town(Dallas) and ocassionally ride for pleasure

I have access to basically every tool imaginable and heck, if theres a tool that i dont have, im a tool myself, thas what all my friends say

So i want a really cool custom build, but because of lack of experience, i dont know where to start (components, measurements, etc).

Dont assume that i have a lack of mechanical knowledge because of my age, i build stuff a lot and my dad is extremely handy and ive learned from him. (Just addressing this

Please make suggestions regarding parts/what i should do
Thank you guys for your help in advance
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Old 12-31-12, 05:20 AM   #2
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Some of the features you're after will affect each other, so you may have to compromise. In particular you'll need tyres that are somewhere between an off-road knobbly tread and a full road slick. Also, your frame will be a tradeoff between mass, durability and cost (generally you can have any two of those)

I would start with an older road bike. You needn't worry too much about the condition of the paint, since you mentioned powdercoating the frame. The brakes can usually be refurbished with a little time and patience. You'd then just need to replace the rear wheel with a fixed hub and fit a new chain. Remember that for fixed gear, horizontal dropouts or track ends are essential, since you can't use a sprung chain tensioner.
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Old 12-31-12, 06:44 AM   #3
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Just do it! There's tinkerers and there's people who just want to ride. The two groups tend not to understand one another. You sound like a tinkerer to me.

Your description of your dream bike sounds to me like a pie with all big slices. It's not going to happen but that's OK. Start with whatever you have and whatever you think is cool try to make it fit whatever kind of riding you're doing right now. You'll make some pretty silly mistakes along the way but that's OK too because you'll learn from them.
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Old 12-31-12, 07:07 AM   #4
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Freestyle Fixie Build

I really want a bike that has the following specifications, if possible:

- Speed of a road bike or close to it

- Durability to the extent that I can confidently jump up and down curbs and ride on relatively rough terrain

- Under 30 lbs.

- Good looking: shouldnt be too hard. I can powdercoat the parts.

- tires that can handle dirt
sounds like a 'cross bike is what you are looking for-- although if you really want to jump curbs fixed...well, maybe I'm too old-- that is something I prefer to have a freewheel for. I jumped a curb on my fixie once and almost went down--something about the position of the pedals when I landed that I did not control too well...

train safe--
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Old 12-31-12, 10:16 AM   #5
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Look around in the SS/Fixed forum and see what some of those guys are using in the way of wheels.
Nashbar and Surly have some pretty decent deals on new frames.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so what looks good to me is likely not what looks good to you.
For us older fatter people, frames aren't usually a problem, but wheels are, so if you're going to be jumping around, pay some attention there. Or if you happen to be younger and fatter, just don't go jumping on/off curbs, period.
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Old 12-31-12, 10:39 AM   #6
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Yes, did you notice there is exactly a Fixed Gear Freestyle forum? Not that you shouldn't look for answers here and elsewhere, but I just wanted to make sure you know.
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Old 12-31-12, 04:24 PM   #7
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Im not fat im 125 lbs 5'7.

Im not a tinkerer, but i enjoy tweaking things. Riding is indefinitely my main purpose.

Im thinking more of a rigid mtb frame.

Bunny hops on a fixie are harder, but doable.

And i agree that my bike wont and couldnt meet all of my desires bcuz they do cancel ea other out.

*This is a freestyle fixie build, not standard fixie*
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This fixed gear started life as a rigid mountain bike. Now it has 700c wheels and a 105 front brake. Since this picture was taken I painted the rims yellow.
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