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Old 04-04-04, 07:21 AM   #1
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Salvage or new?

After looking at the many photos sent in by all who own a fixed or single speed bike, I now want to build one of my own. I have a Gary Fisher hybrid now with a front shock, gears: 21 spd, and very heavy. I know I can use most of the parts with a little improvision, but should I dump the frame and fork and buy a new one, replace the fork only, buy the frame with one with horizontal drops? I will have to spend $$ on a single ring crank and replace the cluster with a flip-flop or single on back, but what is the best option? I will use this as an all-around fun bike, beater, and when the weather is the nastiest in northern California; ya know, fenders, rack, mustache bars. Want to save my others: Cannondale Cyclocross and Trek 520 for nicer, non-destructive weather. Thanks for your insight.

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Old 04-04-04, 07:46 AM   #2
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After looking at the many photos sent in by all who own a fixed or single speed bike, I now want to build one of my own. I have a Gary Fisher hybrid now with a front shock, gears: 21 spd, and very heavy. I know I can use most of the parts with a little improvision, but should I dump the frame and fork and buy a new one, replace the fork only, buy the frame with one with horizontal drops? I will have to spend $$ on a single ring crank and replace the cluster with a flip-flop or single on back, but what is the best option? I will use this as an all-around fun bike, beater, and when the weather is the nastiest in northern California; ya know, fenders, rack, mustache bars. Want to save my others: Cannondale Cyclocross and Trek 520 for nicer, non-destructive weather. Thanks for your insight.

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Being as your intended purpose is to use it as an all around beater/bad weather/fun bike, why don't you look for a free/cheap frame from goodwill or some such place, and transfer parts until you have what you like. The frame you have has the problem of non horizontal dropouts which makes the conversion trouble/expensive to achieve the proper chain adjustability. Then you could sell the frame you have if you don't want it any more on e-bay or upgrade it with better parts, and have another bike for different purposes.

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Old 04-04-04, 07:46 AM   #3
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More than likely it has vertical dropouts, which complicates things a little. I say look for a cheap road frame with horizontal dropouts(not track ends, there's a difference) and build it up from there. In this case, Ebay and your LBS's throw out box is a virtue.
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