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    Looking to Build/Convert For an NYC Winter

    Well I currently ride a Specialized road bike and have no single speed experience but would love to give it a shot. The road bike forums mentioned the idea of converting to a single speed so I figured I would ask around for resources on winterizing a bike.

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/bik/801967160.html

    I think this frame looks gravy.. what do you think? Should I even be thinking about a road bike frame in NYC for the winter?

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    The interwebs say that frame is "Tange 900 CR-MO Double Butted Tubes"
    which means decent but not great tubing. Sounds like another solid
    but unremarkable Japanese bike from the 80s. I'd make it into
    a winter beater in a minute. Spray the tubes with framesaver on the
    inside. Consider going for a 3-speed internal hub if the rear spacing
    is right or you can cold set it (i.e. bend the stays) (I have no idea if you can safely
    cold set a lugged frame). Convert away or just buy it and ride it until
    you need to fix something.
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    Thanks for the help.. while I understood none of it I think my next question is- how can I learn more about converting/building my own bike.

    I should probably have just asked in this thread the smartest options for a winter bike.

    thanks tho

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    If I ever had to ride in the snow, slush, and ice again I'd get studded tires. And fenders with a lot of clearance.

    EDIT: Frame-saver is stuff you can spray inside the tubes of a frame to reduce/prevent rust/corrosion. Important in the wet and salt. An internal hub like the ones you had on kids 3-speed bikes in the long ago will not freeze up when slush builds up on them. Slush build up on a normal drive train can leave you stuck in one gear.
    Last edited by ken cummings; 08-20-08 at 10:09 PM. Reason: read the next to last post.
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    A single speed is hard to beat for low maintenance--
    but yeah, I suggested a 3-speed hub because they are almost
    as low maintenance but give you a few gears to play around with.
    If you go single speed read this:
    *RESOURCE THREAD: Single Speed and Fixed Gear* (read this first!)

    If you get a 3-speed hub with a coaster brake (as opposed
    to a 3-speed with no brake, just a freewheel) keep your
    caliper brakes. A coaster brake is not enough stopping
    power for the momentum an adult creates, unlike kids'
    bikes with coaster brakes.

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    hmmm, i wouldn't pay $225 for a road bike that i'd be converting to Single speed. you can save a lot of money if you just buy a frame and then add the necessary parts. my rule of thumb is $100 or less for a frame, unless it's exceptional in some way. and yes i live in NYC where the prices are wayyy jacked up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerscott View Post
    Tarck is that special feeling when you and your lady are riding your bikes and both of you match with your bike and it 'just so happens' your colors work perfectly with hers on accident, and you look over at her and give her that little nod saying "yea thats right we match." Then you go find an alley and she does down on you and she pukes all over your dick and then pees all over the place.
    Thats tarck.

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    Get it, and hunt around on CL or fBay for a rear wheel to replace that one. Look for a flip-flop hub (track threading on one side, freewheel on the other) or just a track hub (you can just thread a BMX freewheel right onto that b!tch).
    A track hub or flip-flop hub will be narrower than the road hub, so you can either get spacers to make up the difference or just tighten it in there anyway. With a steel frame like that one, it's no big deal to bend the rear triangle inward a little to accommodate a narrower hub.
    Might as well get a new front wheel, too, just because. You need something like this: http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ils&ProdID=960
    And then get a regular old Shimano freewheel, maybe 20 bucks, and you're done.

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