Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Bikes: 70s Leader Precision w/Shimano 600 (road), IRO Rob Roy (Fixed)
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I'm new to the FG/SS forum, but ride a bunch - all on regular geared bikes so far.
I've got a low-end Bianchi full 10-speed and also a totally stripped down peugoet frame (pics below) and I'm wondering what to do with them. I want a fixie, but I also don't have a massive budget to build up a bare frame... So I need some advice with regard to getting a "decent" fixie (my first) and trying to keep things close to a shoestring.
Logic dictates it might be easier to convert the Bianchi because I have all the bits in it already, but I do want to have this bike a while without swapping stuff, etc. I do a lot of work myself, but will be taking it into Urbane for the stuff I'm clueless on (BB, headset, cranks maybe?).
If building the Peugoet frame up is the option, are there any specific things I need to look for in terms of fixie-friendly componentry. I will be putting at least a front brake on, but that's a no-brainer. I've heard to try out several gears and see what I'm comfortable with on the roadie for gearing, I'm thinking so far a 52:19 or 52:21 which would be top ring + 3rd or 4th on my roadie cassette. Any advantage to using 48/50 on the chainring assuming the sprocket matches the ratio above, or just preference?
Bike in the background is my commuter/tourer/roadie Centurion (not willing to convert this unless that's the absolute *best* option, I like it as-is).
Thanks to all for any tips/advice.