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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 07-16-08, 07:18 PM   #1
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brand spanking new.

Hey.

well here you have it. I'm brand spankin new to biking as well as the FG world. I've been road biking for a while now and work in a shop. However, what I really want to do right now is build up a fixie.

This being said I went out to a used bike store and picked up a Schwinn Le Tour Luxe for about 40 bucks. It's got the fork. But now I'm trying to figure out what else it is I'm going to need.

I know I will need a crank, bottom bracket since it's rusted out. a new head set. stem, handle bars, wheels, and seat post along with pedals with toe clips and straps.

I got the hang of riding it today in the store I work in. But I can get better obviously. I had hopes of building this up as a beater bike but also something that I can 1. custom paint myself, 2. learn all about the mechanics of a bike 3. say that I built it and know all about it.

Where should I begin?
I'm familiar with Sheldon Brown's site. But know I'm trying to figure out how to go about the next steps.
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Old 07-16-08, 07:19 PM   #2
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i think after a while you might get sick of your username.
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Old 07-16-08, 07:24 PM   #3
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i think after a while you might get sick of your username.
non sequitir 4tw
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Old 07-16-08, 07:33 PM   #4
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paint it before anything, if you insist on painting it yourself rather than powdercoating.
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