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    Building first Fixed Gear-Questions

    Hey guys this is a really great board and I've learned a ton in the last few days but I have some specific questions that I'm wondering if anyone would be willing to answer. My MTB just got stolen and I've decided to build a fixed gear, something I've been interested in a long time. It's mainly just for getting around town, to and from work and such. So I'd like to keep it under $200-300. Is this possible? Should I convert a 70's roadbike? I actually just picked up an old Nishiki bike but it has verticle dropouts, and from what I've read that's less then ideal. Anyways I'll keep browsing the forum, but any specific incites from those who know what they're doing would be greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sultan_otto
    So I'd like to keep it under $200-300. Is this possible?
    yes

    Quote Originally Posted by sultan_otto
    Should I convert a 70's roadbike?
    yes

    Quote Originally Posted by sultan_otto
    I actually just picked up an old Nishiki bike but it has verticle dropouts, and from what I've read that's less then ideal.
    yes

    there's always the option of buying a low end fully built machine (see: mercier kilo tt on ebay) for a little more than 300.
    edit: search!

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    Hey thanks man, I will start using the search function, sorry.
    -Nathan

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    mercier on ebay is your best bet.

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    or if the same dealer that does the mercier puts the Dawes brand back on ebay, its cheaper. comes out around 285 with shipping i think. its pretty much the exact same bike.

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    Garage sale/thrift store frame + the wheels from the anybody need wheels thread + truing/tensioning job + tires and tubes + 2 3mm hub spacers + track cog + lock ring + new chain + fiddling with cranks/chainring + possibly new BB or cranks if cheap integral chainring = your new bike + bag of random crap 70's drivetrain parts + extra wheels + sense of accomplishment. The arithmetic is left as an exercise for the student.

    The cranks/BB/chainline issues we or sheldon brown can help you with, suffice to say that you're generally trying to get that chainring spinning at 42mm from the center of the down/seat tubes. A shop/buddy with tools may be needed here. The new BB will cost you some $ if you go that route, but not having to do things like pedal around a crappy pitted out 70's BB with a bunch of spacers on the chainring is what money is for. Or not. Just get a bike together and delay the pleasure of a really smooth drivetrain until you have another $50 to spend.

    And keep that nishiki around if you like it, somebody can put track ends on it for like $65.

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    i think your best bet might be to turn the nishiki into a single speed (take off the casette and screw on a single speed freewheel-- check www.sheldonbrown.com for more information, especially about chain tension) until you come across a frame with horizontal dropouts (when you start looking, you start finding such frames). then you can spend your money on a decent wheelset (like IRO's wheelset, or similar ones with formula hubs and velocity, or comparable, rims) that you can keep if/when you decide to buy a new (track?) frame.
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    Hey thanks so much for the help guys.

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    are you sure the nishiki has vertical droputs? how old is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sultan_otto
    I actually just picked up an old Nishiki bike but it has verticle dropouts, and from what I've read that's less then ideal.

    Nathan
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    Hmm, those look pretty sweet. I don't really have the capability to change them myself although I guess I could take it to someone. I may just wait a while and see if I find another frame though. Anyways thanks for all the suggestions. And dolface they are definately vertical dropouts. The bike looks early 80's maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sultan_otto
    Hmm, those look pretty sweet. I don't really have the capability to change them myself although I guess I could take it to someone. I may just wait a while and see if I find another frame though. Anyways thanks for all the suggestions. And dolface they are definately vertical dropouts. The bike looks early 80's maybe?
    Where do you live? If you're close enough, glen works for beer and random VW parts. He's in Boston...

    Either way you can make it work. I was going to do the same with an early 80's Lotus I have and just get as close as possible by losing links in the chain and getting as close as I could with whatever sized cog.
    Last edited by tozovr; 02-23-06 at 06:53 PM.

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    be careful when building a bike on a budget. I built mine for around 300. and then I bought some more stuff, and more, and more and.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moximitre
    be careful when building a bike on a budget. I built mine for around 300. and then I bought some more stuff, and more, and more and.......
    Yup. My budget was $150...
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    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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    Ha nice, yeah the $300 budget is just to keep the parents happy (I'm living at home), I'm sure that the project will spin out of control and I will pour disgusting amounts of money into it. But hey that's what tip money is for!

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    With vertical dropouts, you are looking at an eno hub, or imperfect tension. Given that the eno costs so much, and you are after budget, I'd say wait $200 and buy an off-the-peg bike, or get another frame.

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