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    Trek 4500 Converted to Fixed Gear?

    I have a Trek 4500 that I would like to convert to a fixed gear bike. I don't know much about putting together or building bikes, but so far I have learned that I am pretty good at taking one apart................. I apologize if the questions are a little strange. I am new to rebuilding.

    My plan:

    Take everything off the frame and get a new fork instead of the judy Rockshox Judy TT suspension... this I need help with because I have no clue what fork I should get... I just know that I want something that is not a shock and is rigid and lighter.

    Oh, and I am having a hell of a time getting the cranks and the gears off the bottom bracket. Am I just too weak or is there something that I'm missing?

    Then I'm gonna get everything that I can repainted a solid color... can I paint the handlebars and the stems? I would think I couldn't because they aren't aluminum... what are they made of? Should I forgo the straight bars and get drop bars?

    Then I want to convert the gears to a single fixed gear. I have no idea how, and the conversion information on the internet basically makes me think I am going to have a hell of a time because of my vertical dropouts... Any and all help would be appreciated.

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    Yes, have already checked out his conversion page... for those of us who aren't gearheads, it is a bit much to take in early in our conversion careers..........................................

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