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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 08-07-08, 08:18 AM   #1
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SS/FG Conversion Project

Hey all, so I'm finally converting my old Araya steel frame tourer into a SS/FG for my 4 season commuter and bar bike.

It's a steel frame bike, and considering it will be my winter bike I was wondering what precautions can I take to minimize frame rust and such. Michigan uses an ridiculous amount of salt on the roads during the winter. In fact, this is destroyed all the components on my entry level MTB that I commuted with last winter. With my Araya, I notice a few rusty spots on the frame already, but I'm probably going to sand it down anyway and do a different paint scheme.

I'm also looking at a first time wheel build.

A friend of mine at work recommended this set up (per a build he's doing right now).

Milwaukee Bicycle Co 4 Star Hubs (flip/flop) (they even have a nice heady beer mug indicating my bar bike, now if only they made Orange Julius hubs..haha sorry bad BSNYC reference)



on a set of Mavic Open Pro Rims

From what I understand, the Open Pro's are pretty durable (used to be used for the Paris-Roubaix I think). I like durable wheel sets, but at about 130lbs, it's usually not a problem.

What do you think?
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Old 08-07-08, 12:57 PM   #2
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d'uh? is it because i'm not putting a toptube pad on it or what?
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Old 08-07-08, 12:59 PM   #3
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those wheels are fine. if you wanna protect your frame, look into using some framesaver and powdercoating it.
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Also, cut up an old tube to make lizard skins for your headset and bb.
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