Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-19-08, 10:06 AM   #1
Judge_Posner
god
Thread Starter
 
Judge_Posner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SFC
Bikes: cannondale f300, surly steamroller
Posts: 411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Conversion project for girlfriend (pics)

Forewarning: Theres nothing exciting or awesome about this thread. Some people might be interested in seeing a photo journal of my project, and some might not.

I started with an early 80's Panasonic Sport 1000, which I picked up from craigslist for a decent price. The goal was to make a super-comfy singlespeed for my girlfriend, to be used as an every-day commuter and around-town bike.

Stripped the useless crap:


So this is what I'm working with:



Stripped off more useless crap:


Stripped some decals, added new wheelset (weinmann dp18 with formula hubs), and put on a new chain, resulting in a rideable singlespeed:


Swapped out the bars (generic north roads), saddle (brooks b-17 s), and brakes levers (generic):


Final product (at least for now):



I'll probably do a nice rattlecan job in May. I hope she likes it!
Judge_Posner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:07 AM   #2
tinydr
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
wow, nice job!
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:08 AM   #3
Judge_Posner
god
Thread Starter
 
Judge_Posner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SFC
Bikes: cannondale f300, surly steamroller
Posts: 411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thanks!
Judge_Posner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:09 AM   #4
zelah
Banned
 
zelah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Portland
Bikes: Mercier Kilo TT
Posts: 2,536
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
reflectors are so useless
zelah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:09 AM   #5
sp00ki
partly metal, partly real
 
sp00ki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Philadelphia.
Bikes: Hummer H2
Posts: 3,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
the bars seem to be at a weird angle, no? perhaps more horizontal?
also, if she's going to be sitting straight up, you may want to consider a similarly angled saddle.
also, is it possible that the brake levers might be at an uncomfortable angle? have her pay attention to this.
also: brooks is murder.
also: nice job.
sp00ki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:12 AM   #6
imetazoa
Senior Member
 
imetazoa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: middle of nowhere
Bikes: bianchi sport sx, motobecane mirage
Posts: 111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
she will love it!!! at least, she better...
imetazoa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:13 AM   #7
Judge_Posner
god
Thread Starter
 
Judge_Posner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SFC
Bikes: cannondale f300, surly steamroller
Posts: 411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
sp00ki -- good call on both the saddle and bars. i'll probably have to make those adjustments to fit her.

zelah -- first, she probably wont ride ride much at night. second, i'm putting a blinky on just in case. third, those tires have reflective strips in the sidewalls. probably dont need cheapy plastic reflectors with all that.
Judge_Posner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:14 AM   #8
Quinn8it
Senior Member
 
Quinn8it's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Hollywood
Bikes: Bianchi Pista, Bianchi Vigorelli
Posts: 956
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice work! I recently did a similar project on a puegeot I found in the garbage. I was able to improve my chain line by loosing the small chain ring and putting the large ring in its place. I cant tell if that is an option on those cranks... Really nice job! She is going to be stoked!
Quinn8it is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:20 AM   #9
SuperVillain
superpredictable
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Bikes:
Posts: 193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looks good! Reminds me of my wife's blue Centurion conversion, before I had it powdercoated orange:

SuperVillain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:20 AM   #10
sp00ki
partly metal, partly real
 
sp00ki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Philadelphia.
Bikes: Hummer H2
Posts: 3,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
also, just a thought: they make these really cool bar end LEDs. i bought them for my gf when she rode moustache bars-- they were a great way to make sure she always had her LED with her.

(she rides risers now, but is experienced enough to keep her blinky with her whenever she's going to be out at night)

http://www.choppersus.com/store/prod...ghts-Red-Pair/
sp00ki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:26 AM   #11
Peedtm
Tell them I hate them
 
Peedtm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Boise, ID
Bikes: Specialized Allez Epic '91, IRO Mark V Pro, Schwinn Traveler
Posts: 939
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
With that title, I thought the pics were going to be sekchual.
Peedtm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:30 AM   #12
Judge_Posner
god
Thread Starter
 
Judge_Posner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SFC
Bikes: cannondale f300, surly steamroller
Posts: 411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuperVillain View Post
Looks good! Reminds me of my wife's blue Centurion conversion, before I had it powdercoated orange:

Wow thats really funny that you mentioned that. Your bike was the inspiration for this project. I saw it on the Townbike thread and bookmarked it immediately. She loved it too -- hence my project. Thanks!
edit - Does she run it as a fixed gear? Or a singlespeed with just one brake? If its the latter, does she feel comfortable with just one? I was thinking about taking off the back brake.


Sp00ki - thanks for the link. i'll check it out.
Judge_Posner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 10:36 AM   #13
krusty
Successful alcoholic
 
krusty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Toronto
Bikes:
Posts: 954
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
I'm impressed. Aesthetically, you have made huge improvements. I'd be curious what it weighs now compared to before.
krusty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 11:56 AM   #14
helloamerican
lifewaster.
 
helloamerican's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Georgia.
Bikes:
Posts: 981
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i am so glad you made this thread i need to put together a similar bike for my girlfriend. you did a great job.

how much was your total conversion cost?
helloamerican is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 11:58 AM   #15
peugotpigeon
mauve avenger
 
peugotpigeon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: San Rafael, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 181
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuperVillain View Post
Looks good! Reminds me of my wife's blue Centurion conversion, before I had it powdercoated orange:

wow..u got the rack powder coated too? nice haha
peugotpigeon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 12:28 PM   #16
SuperVillain
superpredictable
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Bikes:
Posts: 193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Judge_Posner View Post
Wow thats really funny that you mentioned that. Your bike was the inspiration for this project. I saw it on the Townbike thread and bookmarked it immediately. She loved it too -- hence my project. Thanks!
edit - Does she run it as a fixed gear? Or a singlespeed with just one brake? If its the latter, does she feel comfortable with just one? I was thinking about taking off the back brake.
lol that's awesome. I thought the resemblance was a bit of a coincidence. Yea, it's fixed - 42x16. I would definitely keep the rear brake on for freewheel, for safety's sake. What handgrips did you use? They seem to match the Brooks better than the Dimensions I used.
SuperVillain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 12:29 PM   #17
paulwwalters
beatz down lo|seatz up hi
 
paulwwalters's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Missouri, USA
Bikes: A 2007 Trek 4300. 22.5", 1981 Trek 610 24" (61cm)
Posts: 1,062
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Awesome job! It needs a front basket real bad, though.
paulwwalters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 12:33 PM   #18
marqueemoon
or tarckeemoon, depending
 
marqueemoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: the pesto of cities
Bikes: Davidson Impulse, Merckx Titanium AX, Bruce Gordon Rock & Road, Cross Check custom build, On-One Il Pomino, Shawver Cycles cross, Zion 737, Mercian Vincitore, Brompton S1L, Charge Juicer
Posts: 7,020
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Some chrome Berthoud fenders would be sweet on that. I wouldn't mess with the paint.
marqueemoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 01:13 PM   #19
AgntPedro
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That's a great looking conversion. I wish I would've known enough about bikes back when I bought my girlfriend her bike so I could've just made her a single speed for her. Instead, I just bought her a cruiser. She seems to like it though.


Nice job!
AgntPedro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 01:25 PM   #20
666pack
tarck bike.com exile
 
666pack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: lancaster, pennsylvania
Bikes: bfssfg iro--black.
Posts: 2,058
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
looks good. i hope this thread isn't like most other "conversion for my girlfriend" threads in which the girl doesn't actually want the bike and the guy forces his interests on her.

cause that bike is too nice to be kept in a living room 24/7.
666pack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 01:41 PM   #21
schnee
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 3,367
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulwwalters View Post
Awesome job! It needs a front basket real bad, though.
++
schnee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 01:44 PM   #22
ryansexton
ALL PARTY
 
ryansexton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Douglas Touring Cross Wise, Urbanite Fixed Gear
Posts: 664
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Lookeeen snazzay
ryansexton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 02:47 PM   #23
Judge_Posner
god
Thread Starter
 
Judge_Posner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SFC
Bikes: cannondale f300, surly steamroller
Posts: 411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by helloamerican View Post
how much was your total conversion cost?
Cost was a bit high because I think I overpaid for the 80's road bike.
old bike - $100
wheelset/tubes/tires/freewheel/chain - $200 (Bells Bike Shop in philly hooked it up!)
Brooks saddle - $80
elkhide grips - $15
north road bars - $20
brake levers/cables - $20
TOTAL - $435 (about $100 over budget)

Quote:
Originally Posted by SuperVillain View Post
What handgrips did you use? They seem to match the Brooks better than the Dimensions I used.
they are the elkhide grips from velo orange. highly recommended. they manufacture them to imitate brooks colors. just $15.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 666pack View Post
looks good. i hope this thread isn't like most other "conversion for my girlfriend" threads in which the girl doesn't actually want the bike and the guy forces his interests on her.
SHE LOVES IT! We just got back from a 10 mile ride, and she totally digs it. Its so much more comfortable than the crappy mountain bike I convinced her sell before I made this.

Quote:
Originally Posted by paulwwalters View Post
Awesome job! It needs a front basket real bad, though.
I agree. She doesn't. She wants to keep it light and snappy.

Quote:
Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
Some chrome Berthoud fenders would be sweet on that.
^ same as above
Judge_Posner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 02:51 PM   #24
okay
Banned.
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: tucson
Bikes:
Posts: 271
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
the only reason you got me in here was the promise of pics. also, i would raise up that seat, it looks absurdly uncomfortable, but generally, gj.
okay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-08, 03:01 PM   #25
Judge_Posner
god
Thread Starter
 
Judge_Posner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SFC
Bikes: cannondale f300, surly steamroller
Posts: 411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by okay View Post
i would raise up that seat, it looks absurdly uncomfortable, but generally, gj.
Quote:
Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
the bars seem to be at a weird angle, no? perhaps more horizontal?.
the reason the seat looks low is because the bars were at the wrong angle. sp00ki was totally right. the seat is actually at just the right height for a 5'3" girl. it works much better now with the bars more horizontal.
Judge_Posner is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:14 AM.