Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    LA
    My Bikes
    78 Raleigh Rampar
    Posts
    30
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Rebuild or Start from Scratch?

    I have a '78 Raleigh Rampar 12 speed I got from my parents but it is waaaay too heavy. I don't need the gears as I ride around in LA suburbs where its pretty much totally flat. I decided a fixie would be the best for me but it's going to be my first one and I'm not really sure where to start. Should I convert my current bike or start from scratch and build it myself? The restrictions are that I have an extremely tight budget as I just moved here and am still unemployed. If starting from scratch is the best or there is a good pre-built bike out there I'd really appreciate suggestions.
    Thanks all!

  2. #2
    niteridar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    sfbay area
    My Bikes
    giant fixed gear and a cannondale road bike
    Posts
    205
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    you can convert the bike and learn about the different components and how a bike works. or you can just buy a premade fixie from bikesdirect. either way will cost you about the same in the end.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    LA
    My Bikes
    78 Raleigh Rampar
    Posts
    30
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well I'd rather build it myself, so can anyone help me with what parts I will need to do it?

  4. #4
    Senior Member ZiP0082's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    My Bikes
    2008 Mercier Kilo TT
    Posts
    1,703
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    it might be a good idea to replace the cranks if they have cotter pins. also, you might want to get an inexpensive set of track wheels, which will also help you shed a lot of weight. remove all excess stuff (rear brake, derailleurs, shifters, derailleur cables, etc). you'll need to pick up a cog and lockring.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    50
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    don't destroy the raleigh and build something from scratch

  6. #6
    Senior Member 1fluffhead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    baltimore
    My Bikes
    Pake Track; Bianchi XL EV2 El Reparto Corse, Kona Jake the Snake
    Posts
    1,663
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Can you post some pics to see what you are working with? I would start reading here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed/index.html and see what you can salvage off the old bike to make it useable as a fixed gear.
    Quote Originally Posted by diff_lock2 View Post
    so what if it's custom, are you suddenly NOT a jackass?

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    LA
    My Bikes
    78 Raleigh Rampar
    Posts
    30
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So I think I'm just going to go with a temporary single speed conversion for now based on this guy's specs

    Here is a couple pics of what I'm working with, I definitely am going to save up for a fixie conversion. Probably keep surfing craigslist for some old frames and keep an eye out for garage sales and such.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •