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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 03-16-08, 11:26 PM   #1
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SS Newbie...

Finally coming close to my SS dream reality. Have an old Fuji DelRey w/chrome tip fork(which the painter preserved) sandblasted and powdercoated for 75.00(got a deal as the shop was doing a large run of stuff in the same color) metalflake black w/a clear coat over the whole frame and forks. It really pops when the sunlight hits it, other wise pretty sudued. So, the components look like this: Sugino 103mm Track BB, KMC 1/2-3/32 ss chain, silver. Black 44t Rocket Ring, 18t ACS freewheel, chrome. Black Bulletproof 170mm cranks w/110 bolt pattern. Sun CR-18 rim, rear 36h, w/older bolt on free wheel hub w/new bearings. Front is a qr 32h shimano w/Sun CR-18 rim. Tires will be 125 psi 28mm airless from Nu-Teck. Stock Levers. Stock calipers w/new springs and pads. Shimano dual clipless pedals, stock Nitto bars and stem and an old Secialized Ergo saddle. Stock post. Dia Compe headset w/new bearing rings. Ordering parts this week from 2 different sources for under 120.00 including shipping. Any suggestions? Maybe a beefier chain? I've wanted to get into SS and Fixie for a few years now and finaly have, the funds, time and commute worthy. Thanks in advance for any responses.
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Old 03-16-08, 11:28 PM   #2
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Waffen SS or just regular SS?
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Chain will be fine. Sounds like a cool build!

I would change the BCD (144 just looks better, IMO) and maybe spend like $10 more to get an FSA Pro Track ring or something. Don't like the look of those Rocket Rings. But these are superficial suggestions, of course.
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Gotta plead ignorance between Waffen and regular SS. My assumption my bike's just regular as I'm not doing any other mods. It'll look just like a regular road bike except no der hanger or gearing. I've assessed my 40 mi rt commute and figure the 44x18 is a good starting point given my age, conditioning etc. There's alot of long climbs(3,4 or 5%)and some short steep(12-15%) ones, too. I'll be doing alot of standing and switchbacks(maybe)the first week or so, but I'm excited about taking this step. A fixie's next, of course.

Yeah, I was going to get an FSA Ring from Universalcycles, but the combo of the Sugino 130mm bolt pattern(75.00)cranks and the FSA Chainring(45.00) was going to cost and I'm on a real tight budget. I've been unemployed for a while. Heck, there's a Campy 102mm sq bb on bikepartsusa.com I would love to get, but it's 134.00+ship, so that's out. I run RR on two other commuters(rb and mtb-48t and 46t, respectively)and am happy w/t performance, but I know what you mean about the 'look'.

BTW, thanks for taking the time to post. It's going to take 2 weeks - a month before it's together and complete, but I'll post pics asa it's done.
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165 might be better for the cranks if you want to go FG later on
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2.4 is honestly a pretty low ratio, but whatever you're comfortable with. I downgraded from 3.0 to 2.8 recently for more skid patches, and I spin out on larger hills a lot... but since you're using it with freewheel, no big deal I guess.

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I laughed pretty hard at this.
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this thread is racist.
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just do a quick search of "waffen ss" and you'll see. I don't really think its funny.
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yeah thats what you and all the other "good germans" say
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Shoulda known sumthin' was up. Got me...big time. I called a close bike geek friend of mine today to ask him if he'd heard of Waffen Single Speeds? Like was it a special gear combo, make of bike, hb configuration...? What? He said, "Dude, you've been had...just go home and googlesearch it." Scalded on my first SS/Fixie post...very cool. I think I'm gonna like it here.

tradtimbo...I'll post pics asa it's done...maybe while the build is going on. The frame/fork are painted and I'm awaiting budget clearance for the parts in about 2 weeks. Once I realized the joke this thread went from confusing to very funny. You guys play rough, but fair. BTW, I'm Welsh-American...Celtic, not Saxon.
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big ups to noobs doing it right lately.
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Thanks for the kudos. Ran an experiment to see what gearing I may be able to get away with given my age and conditioning and found that a little higher on the chainring-45 or 46t and a lower freewheel, maybe 17t combined w/165mm cranks may give me the leverage needed on the steeper hills. Pulled my entire 20 mile commute home tonight w/48x16 w/172.5 cranks. It wasn't easy and I felt like gearing down a few times but I perservered and have a new confidence. Thanks for all your posts and my wife and I are going to take some pics this Sunday of the frame/fork/wheels, etc. so there's some semblance of an idea as to what the final will look like. BTW, I'm going to build a fixie, too, asa I get used to this one. Old Nishiki w/t same sandblast/pc deal only in siver metalflake instead of black. No chrome tips, though.

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Pics of my frame/fork will be up asa I figure out how to post them to this thread.
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