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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 06-09-06, 03:40 PM   #1
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A natural way to convert to fixed.

This conversion technique requires a lot of time, so it's not for everybody. First you take any multi-geared, free wheelin' bicycle - set it outside in your backyard for a decade or two. Eventually that freewheel and those deraileurs will lock themselves up tight from wholly natural causes.
You remove the deraileurs and brakes, and you're set - just take a look at this natural conversion I carried out myself (project was started unintentionally by the previous owner).



And here's the obligatory crown clearance shot...



Keeping the five cogs in back means I can select five different ratios just by loosening the rear wheel and putting the chain on a different gear.



I should note that if you intend to ride on pavement instead of grass, tires are recomended - unless you can stand the noise.
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Old 06-09-06, 03:51 PM   #2
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depending on rust is ********
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depending on rust is ********
or cool.
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this is the new brakeless.
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Old 06-09-06, 05:14 PM   #5
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I don't like the frame's geometry but I know I would ride it in a heartbeat. (If it had a new crankset, new wheelset, and tires/tubes). Oh and f those ugly pedals.
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**** BRAKELESS I ride TIRELESS
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I don't like the frame's geometry but I know I would ride it in a heartbeat. (If it had a new crankset, new wheelset, and tires/tubes). Oh and f those ugly pedals.
Haha.. my girlfriend has those pedals! They weigh about 3lbs each.
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I've ridden bikes with them. Pure hate.
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Old 06-09-06, 05:27 PM   #9
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**** BRAKELESS I ride TIRELESS
So does the OP from the looks of things in those pics.

Edit: If I'd bothered to read the OP, I'd have realized this clever chestnut was already there.
But I'm loving the rear fender. Insane coverage.

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Old 06-09-06, 06:41 PM   #10
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that's what i was thinking.

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Haha.. my girlfriend has those pedals! They weigh about 3lbs each.
i have a scar that looks like teeth marks in the back of my right calf from wrecking my old schwinn continental and slipping off the pedals
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Old 06-09-06, 11:43 PM   #11
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I think i'm going to take the used tires off my three speed and put them on this one so I can ride on the street. I know I also have some old toe clips around somewhere too. It'd be great to build a bike where I didn't actually buy anything, just threw stuff away (or rather put it in a box because I know I'll never have any future use for it).
Or I could weave some hemp tires and make it even more "natural"
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Old 06-10-06, 07:32 AM   #12
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does the light still work?

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Old 06-10-06, 08:18 AM   #13
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Am I seeing correctly that the rear brake is still there but unattached? While I like the whole rusted together idea, I think it's certifiably insane to try it without a brake. It may seem nice and locked down, but braking with the cranks is one of the best imaginable tools for generating the leverage to free up the freewheel. I wouldn't want to be aboard w/o brakes when that happens.

By the way, did you have to cut off the fender stays? Looks like the eyelet bolts are still there (?)
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Yeah I still have one brake lever and the rear brakes mounted, as soon as I find a cable I'm going to connect them for the same reason you mentioned. I didn't cut the fenders at all, it came with these crazy cut back fenders that just attach to the brake bolt and nothing else, they also rattle like hell because of it.

And the light would work if I had a generator to power it, I just left it on the bike for fun and fatness.
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Old 06-10-06, 12:27 PM   #15
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Mos.
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Rocks.
If you were here in BFE I would give you tires for that, just in exchange for watching you do skids on such a hosebagcycle.
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The bike is named the "Senator". That rules, it makes me think of old men with socks and sandals smoking cigars while mowing the lawn on sunday afternoon. Keep it on the grass and get a panama hat.
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You must get some random NJS part for it.

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HAH!!!

sweeeeet fender
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Old 06-11-06, 10:45 PM   #19
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For all intents and purposes, I consider this "done"

I'll put the fender on as soon as I find a bolt for it.


Rides like a dream! (it's those ridiculous frame angles!)
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hopefully the rust won't snap mid ride...
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This is, without question, the coolest thing ever. Ride it slowly, and away from all other life forms. I love it!
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Those tires are awesome.
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Those tires are awesome.
+1. The white sidewall is a perfect fit for that bike, as is the cushy saddle. Or does that count as a seat?
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those reflectors on the fork are baaaaaaaaaaaaad assssssssss
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Please forgive the automotive reference, but it's like a Ferrari that somebody rebuilt in a junkyard. I love it.
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