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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 12-20-08, 06:07 PM   #1
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World Sport Fixed Gear Conversion

this was my first conversion, and its my first fixed gear bike, with the help of a few I got through it pretty smoothly and learned alot. My next move is to get a kilo tt frameset from Bikeisland in April, and switch the parts over to it.

The story:
I really wanted to do a conversion, because all I have owned has been my wellington road bike. So I searched and searched and searched until I finally found a schwinn world sport in pretty good condition at a flea market for only $30.

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Pictures are in chronological order:









After my first fixed gear ride 20 minutes ago.


I got all the parts wisely so that I could switch them over to a kilo tt frameset. all I need for that is a new
stem.

What I bought:
This spanned over a two month period, I was anxious every single one of them days to finish but I was also patient. Here is a list of what I bought for it.
DP18 Wheelset with formula hubs
tektro front brake
fizzik bar tape
continental ultra sport front tire and gatorskin rear tire
nitto RB021 bullhorns
kalloy seatpost (25.4)
honey brooks B17
MKS sylvan pedals, MKS steel clips XL, Soma leather double straps
KMC gold chain
Eighth/Inch crankset 46t
bens cycle cog 16t
bens cycle lockring
shimano BB

Thanks for looking, hope you enjoy, happy holidays!

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Old 12-20-08, 06:39 PM   #2
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Beautiful job! One of the nicest conversions I've seen. Especially like the masking for the three stripes on the top tube. Why'd you get rid of the matching crankset?
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Old 12-20-08, 06:45 PM   #3
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Beautiful job! One of the nicest conversions I've seen. Especially like the masking for the three stripes on the top tube. Why'd you get rid of the matching crankset?
thanks man =D. and I sort of just wanted all new parts, except the stem obviously, so I went with a brand new crankset, also because I was in need of a chainring, and it was easier to just get a crankset, and it will be easier to switch over to a kilo tt frameset in spring when I get one.
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Hmmmm.... maybe I should convert my World Sport to a fixie! I've never ridden a fixie but it's on my bucket list.
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If and when you get a Kilo I hope you throw on the same or another homebrewed color scheme, cause this bike of yours looks fantastic!
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here is my world sport. i hardly ever ride it though since i stopped caring about my pista in bad weather




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Beautiful job! One of the nicest conversions I've seen. Especially like the masking for the three stripes on the top tube. Why'd you get rid of the matching crankset?
+1 Excellent job. Enjoy Mr. B

I just purchased a free wheel to convert into a fixed gear. Once I got it home and looked at it. I decided to tear it down and rebuild, We have the techology
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how long did it take you? It's one a super nice conversion.

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Very clean.
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Will the parts even fit on the Kilo frame? I know the seat post won't. That is a beautiful bike btw. Here is what I suggest. Keep that bike the way it is. Maybe salvage the brooks and handlebars for your new bike and find some cheaper alternatives for the schwinn. Now either keep it or sell it. My friend sold his world sport conversion with crappy paint, crappy wheels, crappy seat and bars for $300. I'm sure you can get a lot more. I have an 89 world sport with a kilo TT on the way and I'm planning on turning it into a cruiser of sorts.
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Will the parts even fit on the Kilo frame? I know the seat post won't. That is a beautiful bike btw. Here is what I suggest. Keep that bike the way it is. Maybe salvage the brooks and handlebars for your new bike and find some cheaper alternatives for the schwinn. Now either keep it or sell it. My friend sold his world sport conversion with crappy paint, crappy wheels, crappy seat and bars for $300. I'm sure you can get a lot more. I have an 89 world sport with a kilo TT on the way and I'm planning on turning it into a cruiser of sorts.
well everyone will go into a kilo tt frameset except yes the seatpost and stem, but that is all I would buy and it would be good, and yes I would keep this and do what you suggested, that is a very good idea, I was thinking about that.
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