this is a vent, and hopefully a cautionary tale.
sorry, no pictures.
so the story goes:
i just started working at a bike shop this summer. we're extremely busy with a full rental fleet and a week out with repairs. some girl comes in with an old frame she's repainted. right off the bat you can see the bike is way too big for her. the frame was a 56 and the girl was no bigger than 5'7". the seatpost was totally buried in the seat tube. also, no clips and straps steel hoops and a crummy long reach brake wth shot cables.
so anyway, the frame sits in our basement for about a week, of course she calls everyday to see if it's ready. my boss who was suposed to do the conversion is extremely busy fixing bikes that actually deserve fixing delegates this clunker over to me. so as i'm looking the frame over it looks alright for a conversion besides the horrible sizing. the spacing is 126, the dropout are nice and long etc, but when i take off the freewheel there are barely any threads. on top of that, the inside two threads are stripped clean off. i threaded a new surly cog on and it just barely threads all the way with no room for a BB lockring. at this point i was dumbstruck by the whole thing. but my boss tells me thats they way they used to do it back in his day etc. so i go ahead with it anyway. so after a lot of rotofix respacing, cold setting, redishing and locktight this is a really scary conversion. so anyway, i'm going through my last check and i'm checking the headset. so i turn the handlebars and BUMP... the wheel hits something. It's the ****ing crank. the top tube and downtube are buckled cause the bike's been in a head on collision. there is so much toe overlap that the crak arm rubs up against the wheel. i tell my boss and he shrugs it off.
so finally i hand it off to one of the girls friends. the actual owner was out of town or something like that. i tell the guy not to go faster than 5 miles an hour otherwise the cog'g going to unthread or you kill yourself in a turn. i was hoping the message sunk in. two days later the bike comes back in with another one of her friends who's complaining that the chain keeps coming off. what she really meant was the cog would unthread constantly. the girl is aparently still out of town and one this other girl got a hold of the bike not knowing the shape it was in. she could have died cause the bike was a death trap.
bottom line... don't make ****ty conversions even if your boss says it's what thy used to do back in the day.
side note: i have done suicide hub conversions before but they had enough room for a lockring and used 2 brakes with clips and straps.