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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 04-18-05, 10:25 AM   #1
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Here is the fixed early-mid-80s Centurion Le Mans. All is stock except the new Surly/Mavic rear wheel with a 14 cog and clipless pedals. Of course I cleaned and polished the rest of the bike.



Took it out for a 12mi ride yesterday to run some errands and have fun. I think I over did the skidding (too much fun) and my legs are a bit tight in new places.

Oh, here is how it looked before:



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I very much want to keep the rest as stock as possible, including the paint. Any suggestion on a hand rest for the right hand? The base part of the remaining brake lever has an open end that looks bad. Are there generic rubber covers that can fit over?

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Pics! we need pics!

edit..nm. my connection was slow..I now see the pic. Nice build.
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One thing I've done was to pop rivet the unused brake lever into open position. If you use a few washers (appripriately sized) between the lever and the housing it ends up being really strong. I liked the simetrical look and the fact that I could drill out the rivets and have it working again in a snap.
you could also try wripping it up with black cloth bar tape.

I like that not only did you fix the bike, but you also relaid the block wall in the background. Nice touch.
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One thing I've done was to pop rivet the unused brake lever into open position.
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I like that not only did you fix the bike, but you also relaid the block wall in the background. Nice touch.
I think I may put the old lever back in for looks, good idea. I could even run a cable to my leg or something with one of those electric BBQ gas starters, apply shock the leg for braking, all hand controlled.

Yeah, I completely re-built my house in the process of fixing the bike... actually one side was shady in the morning, the other shady in the afternoon.

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Any suggestion on a hand rest for the right hand? The base part of the remaining brake lever has an open end that looks bad.
Flip & chop the bars.
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Flip & chop the bars.
That was my original plan, but I've grown to prefer keeping the bike as close to stock as possible, yeah that could change again next week. If I do go for bullhorns, I will buy new ones or chop a different set of old bars. These stock ones are 38cm wide which is a bit tight for me so I'd rather have 42 anyway.

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