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    starting my conversion: basics

    like the title says, im planning on starting my conversion soon (SS). what are some things to look out for. what products do you recommend. i want to paint my frame, should i do that before or after i get parts? what should i look for in a saddle/wheels...info like this would be great...thnx

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    fixed / ss road bikes: what to look for
    - bikes that use standard, easily-scrounged parts are best-- as opposed to odd bottom bracket or post sizes
    - the higher the bottom bracket shell, the better.
    - long "horizontal" dropouts.
    - avoid stamped dropouts when possible. solid, forged = good.
    - "three piece" aluminum cranks, preferably 170mm or less, with removable chainrings (some 70s designs have the large ring integrated)
    - functional headset (though a rough one might just need grease and new bearings)
    - aluminum road bars: ripe for flip-n-chop bullhorns!
    - at least one salvagable brake and lever.
    - don't underestimate the importance of choosing the right SIZE frame.

    wheels:
    - 700c clinchers = more tire options
    - aluminum beats steel
    - sealed bearings "r" awesome
    - solid / bolt-on axles are ideal, but usually not essential
    - get a mechanic to redish the rear wheel for a good chainline
    - remove freewheel w/ chainwhip
    - loctite fixed cog and bottom bracket lockring OR
    - simply thread on a BMX freewheel....

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    You forgot the most important one:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com
    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

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    Here's my first. love it, ride it to and from work every day in ny.
    And here's a link to a way to long description of how it went (perfect for workplace internet diversion):

    http://www.jaycokingpin.com/singlefix.pdf
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    Also: cottered cranks suck to deal with unless it is a super-beater. Then just leave them on.
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    Avoidnot impossible, but just easier and better options)

    27" if you want to go upgrade to 700C's
    ANYTHING FRENCH, DUTCH, or Belgium
    Vertical dropouts
    knackered headsets and/or bottom brackets
    One piece cranks
    cotter cranks
    stuck seat posts
    stuck stems

    other notes:

    Just because it is Italian named
    1. doesn't mean it was made in Italy
    2. even if it were made in Italy, that it is not a POS

    read the sticky on this subject
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    Spend your money wisely:

    dropping $ on a paint job

    vs.

    buying a better frame to start with
    better drive train
    wheels

    ????
    If you are not having any fun, it's all your fault

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    n00b question, but how do i tell if my cranks are 3 piece or integrated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trashalicious
    n00b question, but how do i tell if my cranks are ... integrated?
    Cottered Cranks:

    That hole that runs perpendicular to the spindle hole is the giveaway. It is plugged with a metal peg called a cotter. Hence the name.

    one-piece (ashtabula) crank:

    If it doesn't look like you can remove the crank from the BB without a saw, it's a one-piece. Easy to deal with, but generally crappy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trashalicious
    n00b question, but how do i tell if my cranks are 3 piece or integrated?
    If you have 3 piece cranks, then the bottom bracket spindle, drive side crank arm(with the spider to attach to a chainring) and non-drive side crank arm will be separate pieces you have to attach to one another. If you have a one piece crankset, then the drive side and non-drive side cranks, and BB spindle will be the same piece of metal. If you have a crankset with an integrated chainring then it can be either of the two designs (I think there are one piece cranks with integrated chainrings, anyway), only a chainring will be permanently attached to the drive side crank arm.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shiznaz
    the bagina is the frame and the fork is the wangola. The wheels are the ass nipples.

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