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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 06-06-03, 03:43 PM   #1
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Well, my fix is done. (almost)

I have yet to buy a saddle for it. I'm currently using the saddle off my road bike. It looks like this:

http://web.pdx.edu/~marius/pics/fix/fix_side2.jpg

The frame is not as compact as a track bike (note the distance between the rear wheel and seat tube) and it's a bit goofy since I have 700c wheels in a frame built for 27 inchers, but I love it regardless.

It has Miche Primato hubs on Mavic Open Pro rims, Profile bars, OldSkool Dia Compe front brake with aero brake lever, euro asia imports cog, Pazzaz stem. The frame is an old Nishiki, circa 1970. The cranks and chainring are off an old Fuji Royale.

The gearing is a bit low (42x18) and I plan on going to a 16T cog when I get sick of spinning out on the flats/downhills. It's extremely quiet and smooth, fairly light (19 lbs or so) and the steel frame absorbs all the bumps and vibrations nicely. I wanted to keep the oldskool look and kept the chrome on the fork. I actually scraped the paint about 3 more inches up the fork, until the chrome ended.

There are more pictures here:

http://web.pdx.edu/~marius/pics/fix/

The bike was essentially built from the frame, minus the wheels, which I had laced, trued, etc. by an expert at the LBS. I threw away all of the old parts (except headset), sanded the frame down and painted it, and then installed the new parts.
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The new front hub, is that a requirement for a fixed gear, or just an upgrade?
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not a requirement.
i bought a new wheelset and new hubset, as the old rims and hubs were unusable. if i had a good front wheel, i would have just bought the rear wheel, or just the rear hub, if both wheels were usable.
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Looked so good, I had to show it to the wife. She likes it too. She says quality stuff.
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Looks good, nice and simple. And with 42x18 gearing at least you can get up and go quickly..

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Long and lean and very well done. Not to nit-pick, but you should remount the tires so that the tire labels are directly under the valve stems. A buddy of mine spotted my tires and now I notice it on every bike I see. It bothered me until I fixed them.
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Thanks!

is there a reason for the tire labels to be under the stems? or just for aesthetics?
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You put the labels in line with the stems so when you flat you have a point of reference between the tube and tire to find what caused the puncture.
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aah, awesome. i hadn't thought of that. then again, i haven't flatted yet...

i will rotate the tires. thanks.
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you have a simple, yet elegant, unique quality ride. it always makes you appreciate the simplest of all things.
nice ride, hope you'll have fun.
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Another good reason to align the tire labels with the stems is that the tire pressure is often found on the label; very handy when adding air.
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