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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 09-21-05, 07:30 PM   #1
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Step 1: Obtain suitable candidate

Well, it's official, I have a ss/fixed project on my hands, look what Mr UPS brought me today. To my surprise was a second rear wheel (I haven't checked how true), and pedals (not originally anticipated). Gonna love getting the hands dirty on this one
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nice. what's the plan? ss or fixed?
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I'm jealous. My winter/beater/commuter SS project has been on hold for too long. I do have a line on a very cheap, pristine 3 spd sturmey archer hub, though. It's all about the chainline, right?
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I may as well just jump in with both feet, right? I'm leaning towards fixed. Going to try an not give in to Instant Gratification and just buy a rear wheel 'ready to ride' --I think that would take some fun out of the project.

Step 2 is cleanup and evaluation. Whee!
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You have two wheels--you can have both.
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Got my candidate yesterday. 1975 Motobecane Mirage ($20). Looks to be in pretty good condition. The paint's a little chipped, but no rust. The headset and bottom bracket seem to be solid, but I haven't looked too closely. If they're shot, I'll have some minor headaches dealing with the Swiss (bb) and French (hs) threading.

http://oblique.csail.mit.edu/album/p..._5377.jpg.html

I have a Ross Gran Tour in the shop being rebuilt as a SS (I'm just starting my foray into SS/fixed), but this one I want to do by myself. (I sound like my two-year old. "Do it by self!")

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