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    Track bike reborn as single speed

    Over the long weekend I decided to transform the Aquila framed track bike I raced in the early to mid 80's into a single speed. The major problems seemed to be the Dura Ace 10-Pitch group and the sew-up wheelset (That pretty much left just the frame, fork, headset, Cinelli track sem/bars, and seatpost/saddle to work with). In all my junk I located a Cook Bros 171 mm crankset, a decent Shimano square bottom bracket, a 38 tooth 110 five-bolt chainring, an 18 tooth cassette cog and a bunch of almost matching spacers, a clincher wheelset with old American Classic cassette rear hub and micro front hub, a Dia Compe road brake handle, A Weinmann center-pull front brake, various clincher tires, a Syncros stem mounted brake cable hanger, a pair of Control Tech bolt-on skewers, and a decent Sachs 5/6/7-speed chain. As you can tell, I accumulate a lot of cycling stuff and don't get rid of much ot it.

    Six hours* later, voila, a cool looking, 16.5 pound single speed! I took it out for a few miles this morning and although I'll have to re-adapt to the quick "track" handling, it's very fast and a gas to ride. Because of its light weight and responsiveness, I may swap the 18 tooth cog for a 16 or 17 - we'll see. So, instead of it just hanging from the ceiling, I've got another N+1 bike to ride!

    *It took a while to change the rear hub spacing from 130 mm to 124 (?), re-dish the rim, and shorten the rear axle & both skewers. I first mounted 700x28 tires but they were very tight relative to the chainstays and flat fork crown, so I settled on 700x25 Conti Ultra 2000's. I had the rear wheel on & off several times fiddling with the rear cog and spacers to get a straight chainline.

    PS: Anybody need a Dura Ace 10-Pitch track group and sew-up wheelset (Silk Vittoria's) in good shape?

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    Crapzeit! mcatano's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by gruppo
    PS: Anybody need a Dura Ace 10-Pitch track group and sew-up wheelset (Silk Vittoria's) in good shape?
    Man, put that on eBay and send your kids to college.

    m.

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    uh. yes. me.

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    sometimes it hurts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwentyeight
    uh. yes. me.
    +1

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    +aliens

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    talk to don walker. i think he's been after one or looking to complete one for a while.

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    It's a complete Dura Ace 10 Pitch pista group - Crankset (165mm arms), Bottom Bracket (English -68 mm), High Flange Hubs (Laced to Medaille D'or rims with Vittoria Pista CS Tubulars), 48 Tooth Chainring, 15 Tooth Cog, and Chain. Everything's in great condition - the chainring, cog, & chain have about two hours on them; the tires about three hours; the rims are true; and the hubs & bottom bracket races & bearings are fine (The last time I rode the bike was in the '86 Vet Nationals).

    During the conversion I also replaced the Cinelli pista stem and handle bars (Benotto Tape), the Columbus Seatpost (Very Rare - 27.2 mm), and the Unicanitor saddle.

    All you need is a frame/fork/headset. When mine was built up and being raced, it weighed about 14.5 pounds.

    If anyone's seriously interested, I think you can contact me via a 'Private Message' through Bike Forums.

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    what..no pics?

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    I so want to know how much that will go for... I'd ebay it fo' sho'. Bidding war!!!
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    I saw a NIB 10 pitch chain go for over 100. I am guessing 7-8 for everything listed.
    not banned anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by abeyance
    I saw a NIB 10 pitch chain go for over 100. I am guessing 7-8 for everything listed.
    Damn, that's about what my cranks went for. Well, a little more, but not much.
    You're not punk, and I'm telling everyone.

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