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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 11-20-07, 05:20 PM   #1
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where to find the cheapest threaded track/ road frame??

I am building a Single Speed commuter out of left over parts/free parts and all i need is a frame that takes a threaded fork and headset. I had a frame all ready to go, then i found out the head tube was some old random size that they dont make headsets for. Also it was in really bad condition. Where can i find a super cheap frame around 52cm size that takes a threaded headset? or should i just go to salvation army and get one of there old crappy mtb bikes and strip it for the frame?
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Old 11-20-07, 05:32 PM   #2
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depends on what you want. Craigslist free section is always nice, classifieds and all the salvos and thrift stores around. Check if you have a bike coop around you, ask them if they have any frames also.
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Old 11-20-07, 07:15 PM   #3
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WOW, super good score!!!! I went to a local bike shop and asked if they had any dumpster bikes, and I got a near perfect condition lugged Schwinn Caliente.



Anyone know anything about this bike?
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Old 11-20-07, 07:19 PM   #4
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Looks good to me, nice find.
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Old 11-20-07, 08:24 PM   #5
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just get an iro
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I already got my frame^^^^^ check the pics. I already have a fixie, this frame is for my beater single speed commuter that can get locked up for long periods of time and might also have a basket on the front.
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Old 11-20-07, 08:42 PM   #7
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You could get one of the Sparton frames off ebay. 170 i think.
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Old 11-20-07, 09:05 PM   #8
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looks good, id beat it up a little more, my old univega looks great all scratched up.
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Nice Caliente Means Hot !!!
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o my gawd !!

i 100 % typed ^ that ^ post in all caps and this lame board automatically changed it !
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Old 11-20-07, 10:35 PM   #11
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My roomate has a Caliente. It's the heaviest bike I've ever seen, even after converting to single speed. His has a freewheel in the bottom bracket. I told him just to thread on a fixed cog instead of the freewheel. He doesn't care enough to change anything unless it breaks.
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Old 11-20-07, 10:50 PM   #12
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His has a freewheel in the bottom bracket. I told him just to thread on a fixed cog instead of the freewheel. He doesn't care enough to change anything unless it breaks.
Huh?
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Old 11-20-07, 11:13 PM   #13
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Huh?
It's probably Shimano FFS, for front freewheel system. Apparently it never took off.
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Old 11-20-07, 11:16 PM   #14
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It's probably Shimano FFS, for front freewheel system. Apparently it never took off.
Weird, I was totally unfamiliar with that until now.
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Well i got a threaded Profile Design h2o stem for the Caliente, Ody 13t freewheel, 36t T1 sprocket, and a pair of 3 piece GT cranks with a new 20mm euro bottom bracket, and a pair of newer flipped and cut bull horn handle bars for it. So those parts will make it a lot lighter, and i might buy a new cheap alum wheel set so i can use the freewheel and sprocket. A pictorial build up will come after thanks giving.
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Old 11-21-07, 12:40 AM   #16
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Ody 13t freewheel.
You do know that the 13t freewheel only fits on the small side of a bmx flip flop hub, right? It won't fit on any road or track hubs that I know of...
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Old 11-21-07, 09:37 PM   #17
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oh wow, i did not know that, thanks for the info, i guess ill have to change my ratio and do like 36-14 or 39-14
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Weird, I was totally unfamiliar with that until now.
The only benefit I see to it is you could shift while coasting. He however is now stuck with a one piece crank.
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CALIENTE!!!!!...don't paint over that!
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Old 11-21-07, 11:56 PM   #20
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Every time I see one of those bikes I wanna get some nachos.

Just saying.
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Old 11-21-07, 11:58 PM   #21
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You know that the 14t freewheel still won't fit on a track or road hub. Your stuck with a 16t freewheel if you plan on using the existing wheel.
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Old 11-22-07, 01:10 AM   #22
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well, i think i am gonna get some FMF Bmx racing hubs that are 3/8 36 hole front and back come with 13-16 freewheel for 40 bucks, and get some deep vs maybe or something cheap. My question is will the BMX hubs axle be long enough or short enough to work? Or is there something else i am forgetting about for compatibility? I think it would be a super original set up that few have done.
here is the link to the hubs http://www.danscomp.com/426111.php?cat=PARTS
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Old 11-22-07, 02:56 AM   #23
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* cough *

if you wanna go cheap
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...20Front%20Hubs
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...%2FRear%20Hubs


as for the bmx hubs, hopefully someone will chime in with the right answer. or you can ask the guys over the bmx forum what normal rear spacing is.
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I believe spacing on a rear BMX hub is 110mm and I don't see that frame being anything smaller than a 126mm.
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bummer, I guess ill go for those two deals from Nashbar kindly posted by cOurt.
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