Originally Posted by vdubsta05
Well this will my first road bike ever. And my first restoration so im taking everything apart. I found a Raleigh Sprite 27 like pictured below but in the coffee color. Pretty positive its all original specs. So what do I need to buy for a cheap single speed coasting bike. And Im looking for something near matching tan/khaki handlebar tape and seat. Good sites to find those off of? And some cheap 27inch wheels. This won't be used for anything for pleasure, riding around the lake and etc. So I don't need expensive equipment. This is actually for my girlfriend, so its more cosmetic then performance. But definately want to do a single speed coasting bike.
For a very nice looking seat and bar combo, you want a honey coloured leather Brooks and shellaced cork grips, like so:
These aren't particularly cheap (~$100-150 combined price) but they are very functional and look beautiful. Google will let you know where to find them. If you google "brown bike saddle" you will probably find something cheaper but less functional than a brooks; lots of retro-styled comfort bikes like Electras come with oem plastic-based padded saddles that are made to look like a brooks.
You only really need a 27 inch coaster wheel to make that bike a coaster. Again, google will show the way. The easiest but possibly not the cheapest way to do this would be to have your lbs build one for you. But maybe you could find a used coaster wheel on ebay or at your local coop.
You could cartainly reuse the cranks on that bike, although they are most likely complete crap, since this won't be used for serious riding. For cosmetic reasons you might want to remove a ring though. Putting the other one back on might require getting shorter bolts to hold it on the crank spider as the ones you're using now are probably designed to go thru the theickess of two rings. This could be wrong as I'm not sure how cottered cranks like yours go together.
Also, singlespeed bikes are a general category that subsumes coaster bikes and fixed gears. Coaster bikes form a different subcategory of single speed bikes from fixed gears. If you want good definitions of these terms check out Sheldon Brown (RIP)'s glossary.
Last edited by mander; 02-05-08 at 05:48 AM.