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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 12-13-05, 12:35 PM   #1
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The current wheels on it are perfectly fine old rusty 27x1.25" wheels, but I understand I cannot get it to be a fixed gear without buying a new rear hub or wheel.

The bike itself was only $35. I have it stripped down to a single speed right now. My question is, would it be worth it to buy for example that Nashbar CPX22 wheelset for $130 on this old bike so I can ride it fixed? Or would it not be worth buying the new wheels on this cheap old frame?

At the moment I don't think I can afford new wheels AND a frame, unless there are some nice frames that aren't too expensive you think I should look into. I'm just getting into this stuff so be easy on me.

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Old 12-13-05, 12:39 PM   #2
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no, use the same ones, add locktite and JBWeld, and email us how crappy they worked from the hospital.

I say get new wheels, then upgrade the frame once you become addicited.
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Old 12-13-05, 12:40 PM   #3
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well, here's how i look at it -- you need new wheels in order to really be safe in having a fixed (well, at least a new rear). granted, they will be worth more than the rest of the bike, but you can always move the wheels over to something better when you come up with the money for it. buy the wheels now, upgrade the rest of the **** later.
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Old 12-13-05, 12:45 PM   #4
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Thanks thanks. What are "entry level" fixed-gear frames? I was looking at a Surly Steamroller, but that is like $400. What other alternatives are there that can get me started?

Also, how long would these wheels last if I take good care of them? Will they last me 5 years?

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Old 12-13-05, 01:17 PM   #5
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yes they should last five years. buy the new wheelset, find a frame later, IRO Mark V, Fuji Track, KHS Flite 100, Bianchia Pista, etc. you can find used on ebay/CL; search the threads.
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What 80's Schwinn do you have? Some had very nice frames, some sucked. Any stickers that tell what kind of tubing it was or where it was made? It may or may not be worth putting a new wheelset on. If you do put a nice wheelset on it, you can always move that wheelset to a nice frame in the future.
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As long as you have brakes riding a suicide wheel is not all that terible until you can get a new hub.
It's not the safest but it will give you a taste.

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It's not the safest but it will give you a taste.
possibly of your own blood!
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Good one.

But seriously, I have a suicide wheel I've been riding for a couple years now (as an experiment) and have not had any safety related issues.

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i finally built up an old schwinn and it has a suicide wheel. As I rode it to work today (my first time on a fixie) all I could think was "Please don't fall apart...Please don't fall apart" I'm ordering a real wheel tonight. Hopefully it will be in sometime next week, as long as the Christmas rush doesn't get in the way
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What 80's Schwinn do you have? Some had very nice frames, some sucked. Any stickers that tell what kind of tubing it was or where it was made? It may or may not be worth putting a new wheelset on. If you do put a nice wheelset on it, you can always move that wheelset to a nice frame in the future.
yeah, i've got an old steel lugged le tour frame and i'm kind of fond of the old thing. most of the components on it sucked (good bb and headset), but new wheels, no back brake, one speed...problem solved!

but yeah, what do you have? as said, some were really nice, some weren't.
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on the subject of old schwinn frames, i have this huge, extremely heavy 1975 schwinn continental i am thinking of converting to a fixie (even though i already have a fuji. i just want an excuse to **** around with bikes/make my old bike lighter) but i don't know if it's too heavy. it's kind of a really nice frame. any opinions?
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Sorry to respond late, I've been studying all day. Damn finals.

Anyway, it's a Schwinn Continental. It had the kickstand built into the frame, w/ the pin you have to push to remove it, and shifters at the base of the stem. How are these frames? It feels pretty solid.
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Sorry to respond late, I've been studying all day. Damn finals.

Anyway, it's a Schwinn Continental. It had the kickstand built into the frame, w/ the pin you have to push to remove it, and shifters at the base of the stem. How are these frames? It feels pretty solid.
haha! we have the same frame, ^5

my personal opinion is that the thing as a whole (including gears, steel wheels, all 1975 parts, etc) is heavy as ****. also that built in kickstand is totally lame, lol
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I had a Schwinn continental once. thing was a beast. The ride quality was very dead to me.
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yeah, youth...since you have a fixie already, i wouldn't go to the trouble. ss, maybe. but that's just me. and OP, since i presume you don't have one already, hey, go for for it. a fixie is a fixie, so go with what you have access to, upgrade later. hey, even keep your eyes open at garage sales and thrift stores, and if there's a bike co-op around you, see if you can find a better frame to upgrade to later.
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Old 12-14-05, 03:56 AM   #18
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Kogswell sells a fixed gear frame and fork for 430 bucks.
http://www.kogswell.com/g.html

Iro is another option, they have complete bikes from 550:
http://www.irocycle.com/id64.html
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If it's a chicago schwinn (made in chicago) the frames are generally regarded as bombproof. Of course, weighing in at 12 pounds helps with that, but still.
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