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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 08-15-08, 10:26 AM   #1
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Finished my first custom paint & build - PICS





Last night I did the final assembly on my custom single-speed conversion. Over the weekend I stripped the frame and re-painted it, including detailing the lugs by hand. I kept the original fork, stem, pedals, and brake calipers.

Everything else I replaced, with:
-- Sugino 75 track cranks, chainring, and bottom bracket
-- SRAM single-speed chain
-- 18 tooth rear cog with a Wheels Mfg. single-speed spacer kit
-- 700c Mavic MA-2 rims, Shimano freehub
-- Ritchey Tom Slick city / touring tires
-- Race Face MTB flat bar w/ Specialized grips
-- BMX 2-finger brake levers
-- CCM Pro retro vintage seat

I rode it to work today and it was soooo smooth! Rides like a dream now. The steel frame handles NYC streets so well, better than my aluminum Trek.
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Old 08-15-08, 10:32 AM   #2
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Old 08-15-08, 10:32 AM   #3
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Love the yellow and red! I just refinished a geared Cannondale Crit Series with the same colors.
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Old 08-15-08, 10:37 AM   #4
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Looks great man, nice choice on the gumwalls
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Old 08-15-08, 10:55 AM   #5
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Old 08-15-08, 10:58 AM   #6
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hahahaha that's exactly what i thought to myself after I finished painting the lugs. it's a loud-ish color scheme, but that's a good thing in NYC traffic. the yellow is almost exactly the same shade as the taxis.
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the yellow is almost exactly the same shade as the taxis.
Wouldn't that act as a sort of camouflage then?
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Wouldn't that act as a sort of camouflage then?
yeah, pedestrians keep trying jump in the back at intersections, but i have to tell them i'm off duty.
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maroon woulda been sexier. i like it though.
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maroon woulda been sexier. i like it though.
I agree. They look like they could use a second coat anyway...
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i don't like yellow and red, but i am thoroughly impressed by your paint detail.

1) did you clearcoat it?
2) if you don't already have a career/something to take up your time, you should consider getting a site and doing this as side work. you can probably make a ton of customers doing this for cheap for a few months, then for expensive once you build a rep. people love conversions, and would adore an inexpensive way to make them not look jank.
3) why no red on the bottom bracket?
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Your chain is a bit loose.
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Your chain is a bit loose.
Sweet looking ride!
If your in Philly you can build one of your own
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love the two tone! sick paint!
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badap ba ba baaa i'm not liking it....!
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i don't like yellow and red, but i am thoroughly impressed by your paint detail.

1) did you clearcoat it?
2) if you don't already have a career/something to take up your time, you should consider getting a site and doing this as side work. you can probably make a ton of customers doing this for cheap for a few months, then for expensive once you build a rep. people love conversions, and would adore an inexpensive way to make them not look jank.
3) why no red on the bottom bracket?

wow man, thank you! i respect your posts on here a lot, so the compliments are an honor!

1. yes, i put a whole can of clear coat on it (dupli-color). still, i have to admit i've learned my lesson that powder-coating is more durable. luckily i have a powder-coat hookup for the future.

2. i do actually have two jobs already, in the music biz, so i don't think i'll be doing this beyond a hobby. also, I'd need my own bike garage to do this properly. i've been at Times Up!'s co-op twice weekly for 2 months now, and my tiny apt. is full of bikes and parts. and i have a new girlfriend to lavish attention on, instead of a bike project. ....that said, i am already looking for another used frame to start my next build.

3. i didn't paint the BB because I figured it would get scratched up too fast. the lug paint is less durable than i hoped so i decided to keep it to more protected areas of the bike.
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Old 08-18-08, 11:41 AM   #18
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i found a video of your bike:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q16KpquGsIc
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