Join Date: Nov 2003
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Bikes: Rustbuckets, the lot of them.
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Don't sell the bike. I'm a big fan of making things work. Just do the conversion and ride it. A 1980 Continental will probably outlast you.
All one piece cranks are steel and heavy. Well, relatively heavy. However, they're perfectly functional. My fixie is a 60s Huffy, former three speed. With a one piece crank. It just works.
Some caveats when using a one piece crank for a fixie. There may be some slop around the pin that keeps the chainring from spinning. It may be bad or not. In the past, I used a home made shim. My current chainring doesn't have the problem. Another is that one piece cranks almost universally use 1/2" spindles. Pedal selection gets pretty thin.
On the plus side, forged one piece cranks are extremely reliable and easy to work on.
If you must switch to three piece, you can use one of the converters edw points to, or one of these
. Harris Cyclery has a page
dedicated to parts for those American bikes.