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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 12-21-06, 09:42 PM   #1
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Well, being that I'm about done with my pista...

It's time to start thinking about getting an old frame in which I can use all of the old parts that came stock off of it.

It isn't my first fixie, first fixie was an old schwinn road bike converted to a fixed gear. Was stolen back in January, never recovered it, insurance gave enough to start looking but the shop I got the pista from, gave me me a heck of a deal on it, couldn't turn it down, I also promised that I will not use it as a coffee shop rig. Since getting it back in May, I've put about 3,500 miles on it and have obviously taken it to the track a few times, balancing my time on that with the SS'd kona.

Which brings me to now planning on finding an old road bike and converting it.
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Cool! You might want to make the jump to a track frame..
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Old 12-21-06, 09:50 PM   #3
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Cool! You might want to make the jump to a track frame..
While I know the Pista is designed for the track, I kind of like it in it's current setup for the longer hauls on the road. I've also been thinking on finding an older track frame and building it up.
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My comment was based on the fact that most folks seem to build a road conversion first or buy a prebuilt bike, then move to a "real" track frame..but, hey, enjoy it either way!
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Hey Kona, would you happen to have a current photo of the Pista? I'm curious to see how it looks
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Nevermind Kona, I found one in Foo, looks nice!
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It's time to start thinking about getting an old frame in which I can use all of the old parts that came stock off of it.


Which brings me to now planning on finding an old road bike and converting it.
I strongly suggest you hang in Classic & Vintage, and get a subscription to the Classic Rendevous list.

PM me for more. I'm in to much of a clandestine mood to give away too many good resources at this time.
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the fact that most folks seem to build a road conversion first or buy a prebuilt bike, then move to a "real" track frame
I ****ing hate stupid comments like this. A track frame is not some pinnacle of evolution.
It is just a tool for a job.
Some folks ride enough to understand that sometimes it's not the right choice for their type of riding.
Thinking in terms of 'facts' about 'most folks' moving to 'real' track frames is a load of horse ****.
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Old 12-22-06, 08:45 AM   #9
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Not to mention that many if not MOST of the popular, big
name, off-the-peg "track" frames are just road bikes with
fork ends.
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Not to mention that many if not MOST of the popular, big
name, off-the-peg "track" frames are just road bikes with
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Like what?
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Old 01-06-07, 08:56 PM   #11
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I ****ing hate stupid comments like this. A track frame is not some pinnacle of evolution.
It is just a tool for a job.
Some folks ride enough to understand that sometimes it's not the right choice for their type of riding.
Thinking in terms of 'facts' about 'most folks' moving to 'real' track frames is a load of horse ****.
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I just built up a new blinged out Bareknuckle track frame. I have two different set-ups for it, one for the road and one for the track, but I use it mostly on the road. I love the quick geometry and all, but to be honest, the steep angles, short wheelbase, and oversize steel tubes just magnify every bump in the road, and I find myself having to slow down to get over rough sections of roads without feeling like I am going to go flying off the bike.
On the other hand, my beater Centurion conversion just eats up road bumps. After riding the two bikes, it is completley obvious that one was made for the road and the other was not. Having said that, I still like my Bareknuckle for a number of reasons, some of them being completely aesthetic, and I do take it to the track on occasion. But its really just not the optimal soloution for road riding. A road oriented frame does the job so much better.
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Schwinn's Contintal, Varsity, Suburban frames are great if you want a indestructible beater. If you keep the one piece crank, use a bmx chainring and it will give a good chainline. I have a Suburban set up as fixed, and a Contintal 3 speed. They are heavy enough to keep a oil tanker anchored, but they are sure strong.

These frames can be fount at your nearest dumpster. . . .
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What's with all the hatred to people who want their track bikes to have track geometry? Seriously.
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Like what?
IRO, Surly, most of those eBay frames, Giant Bowery, Jamis Sputnik, Specialized Langster.

That doesn't mean they're bad bikes, they're just a more road-oriented geometry.
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IRO, Surly, most of those eBay frames, Giant Bowery, Jamis Sputnik, Specialized Langster.

That doesn't mean they're bad bikes, they're just a more road-oriented geometry.

I didn't think any of those where marketed as track bikes at all? Maybe the langster.
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