Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Help, is this possible to convert?

    Hey guys, Im new to this site and the whole fixed gear world. I recently rode a friends fixed gear and loved it. I was wondering if converting this bike was possible and how I could do it for as little cash as possible, heres a link to the bike, http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/442844471.html Now my main concern was the rear hub. Im not exactly sure how it all works but my friend has a flip flop hub which i definitly want to be able to ride both the single and fixed, the guy selling the bike said he has extra rims for sale that are black, which Is the color I want. Now it is as simple as purchasing the bike, purchasing the rims and purchasing a flip flop hub and installing the hub in the rear tire and just swapping the existing front hub onto the new rim and putting them back on the bike? or is there alot more mechanical work that would have to be done IE a new crank and what not? I was hoping to just purchase the bike, the parts necessary for the flip flop hub and some new pedals and was going to paint the bike myself. Am I making this scenario to simple or is it alot more complicated than Im thinking it is? Thanks in advance!
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Senior Member eddiebrannan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    NYC
    My Bikes
    DW
    Posts
    3,363
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    that's not worth $160.

  3. #3
    Darkie mvillan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Chico, Calif
    My Bikes
    Pake, specialized hard rock, (these are the only permanent ones)
    Posts
    160
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    the main problem you might run into with that bike, is anything involving the bottom bracket. Cottered cranks are indicators of a lower end bike and I have seen a few fail. unless you are just going to use it as a frame and replace the bottom bracket (if thats possible, depends on threading and availability of parts), I would look for a Schwinn or something Japanese like a nishiki. and yes, aside from adjusting the brakes, taking off all the excess junk, and perfecting the chain line, all you need is a wheel set, which may or may not be cheaper than rebuilding one for you. Wheel sets usually go for $180 shipped.
    if you find a bike frame for next to nothing, you can convert for about $300 and some change, assuming no new crank is installed and no new anything else that goes with it.

    You seem like a perfect candidate for a bikesdirect bike or even better, at least an IRO while they are on sale

    if you want to start from scratch though and convert,
    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/443805711.html
    Quote Originally Posted by kilometers View Post
    Sorry I never called to ride. Last night ended with one of our friends (fixed conversion with orange stem) urinating in his own kitchen. Needless to say I did not get up until after noon.

  4. #4
    Senior Member frymaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    where the mild things roam
    Posts
    1,092
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i can't tell from the small picture, but you should make sure that's not a cottered crank on there. if it is, you will want a new crank.

  5. #5
    . bbattle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Rocket City, No'ala
    My Bikes
    2014 Trek Domane 5.2, 1985 Pinarello Trevisio, 1991 Colnago Master, '06 Bianchi San Jose, 1987 Moulton Fuso, 1990 Gardin Shred, '82 John Howard(Dave Tesch)
    Posts
    11,984
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    70's Boom Bike Peugeot. If you search around, you can find some serial number databases to find the exact age of your bike. I don't think it's worth $160, either but post it in the Classic and Vintage forum and they'll tell you to the dime what it's worth.

    Just don't tell them you plan to convert it to fixed gear. Some of them insist on doing complete restorations on bikes that'll never be worth much.

    Cottered cranks are okay, get new cotter pins from the LBS; they are cheap. Oftentimes a pain to remove, though. A new crank will be lighter and stiffer, though. You can use the inner chainring, remove the outer one. Get some short BMX style crank bolts to replace the old, longer ones.

    The bottom bracket may be problematic. If it's French, keep it, take good care of it. Finding a replacement will be expensive.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Alzonder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    140
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    you can get Phil Wood 35mm x 1mm French Bottom bracket cups for $44 and use a cartridge BB.
    and yeah $160 is way to steep for that bike.

  7. #7
    jack of one or two trades Aeroplane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Suburbia, CT
    My Bikes
    Old-ass gearie hardtail MTB, fix-converted Centurion LeMans commuter, SS hardtail monster MTB
    Posts
    5,636
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Offer the dude $20, then sell it to some idiot who doesn't come here first for $160.

    French threadings + crappy frame + crappy parts = waste of time and money.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
    Men should never ride bicycles. Riding should be banned and outlawed. It is
    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

  8. #8
    Spelling Snob Hobartlemagne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    My Bikes
    Panasonic DX4000, Bianchi Pista
    Posts
    2,863
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I saw a bike almost identical to that for $20 at a charity resale shop.
    I also considered picking it up for a conversion, but the "old french"
    bb size is a tough specification to work with if you want to keep the
    price down.

    The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

  9. #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    hmm, thanks for the input guys, sounds like I still need to do some searching, I also saw a fuji track bike for sale and this one http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/443220488.html, ill attatch a pic, how does everyone feel about these options? second one seems kinda pricey though

    pic of bike http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=1&at...58540a59dd9cd3

  10. #10
    如果你能讀了這個你講中文 genericbikedude's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    3,542
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mags78 View Post
    hmm, thanks for the input guys, sounds like I still need to do some searching, I also saw a fuji track bike for sale and this one http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/443220488.html, ill attatch a pic, how does everyone feel about these options? second one seems kinda pricey though

    pic of bike http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=1&at...58540a59dd9cd3
    we can't see the pic, but that's not a bad deal with all the parts included, assuming nothing is really wrong with the frame

  11. #11
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ahh sorry, Ill see if I can upload it to the forum , the more I look at it the more I kinda like it, If all the parts are there perhaps I could just ride it till I get the cash for the wheels and tires I want then just swap everything over? After doing some research on the forums I have also seen this bike suggested http://bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm it seems like a decent bike but I am interested in making the bike my own, theirs a certain satisfaction in knowing its yours with peices youve selected rather than just a package from a store, any more suggestions? thanks guys, hopefully Ill get one soon and be riding in no time!

    Oh I forgot to add, I found this bike for sale as well and was very interested in it http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/433801411.html, Im a little worried because it says its a track bike and I wanna do some street riding, how risky do you think that is ?
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by mags78; 10-09-07 at 03:44 PM. Reason: update

  12. #12
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    lol please help me so I dont make a foolish purchase

  13. #13
    jack of one or two trades Aeroplane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Suburbia, CT
    My Bikes
    Old-ass gearie hardtail MTB, fix-converted Centurion LeMans commuter, SS hardtail monster MTB
    Posts
    5,636
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Get the Fuji. Repaint it if you must "make it yours".
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
    Men should never ride bicycles. Riding should be banned and outlawed. It is
    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

  14. #14
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    well im actually thinking of getting just the frame that was posted on craigs list and starting from scratch, any tips on taking it this route?

  15. #15
    fixed or bent acoldspoon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    1989 Panasonic Track 4000, 2000 Burley Django (bike show prototype), 1980's Serotta Custom Criterium
    Posts
    715
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What is your total budget?
    Remember the 9/11's

  16. #16
    Spelling Snob Hobartlemagne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Plano, Texas
    My Bikes
    Panasonic DX4000, Bianchi Pista
    Posts
    2,863
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mags78 View Post
    ahh sorry, Ill see if I can upload it to the forum , the more I look at it the more I kinda like it, If all the parts are there perhaps I could just ride it till I get the cash for the wheels and tires I want then just swap everything over? After doing some research on the forums I have also seen this bike suggested http://bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm it seems like a decent bike but I am interested in making the bike my own, theirs a certain satisfaction in knowing its yours with peices youve selected rather than just a package from a store, any more suggestions? thanks guys, hopefully Ill get one soon and be riding in no time!

    Oh I forgot to add, I found this bike for sale as well and was very interested in it http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/433801411.html, Im a little worried because it says its a track bike and I wanna do some street riding, how risky do you think that is ?
    It already has a front brake. SS vs FG is up to you with selection of a cog or freewheel.
    You dont need a chain tensioner on that bike if you go SS, but it may be good to add
    a rear brake- Singlespeeds can require a bit more help stopping.

    The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

  17. #17
    cab horn
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    1987 Bianchi Campione
    Posts
    28,295
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mags78 View Post
    lol please help me so I dont make a foolish purchase
    You should've bought it then post asking if it was a good deal
    Last edited by operator; 10-11-07 at 07:27 AM.
    Mes compaingnons cui j'amoie et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •