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    Brainstorming a Townie/Porteur Bike

    So i am wanting to build a Townie/Porteur/Professor Bike and want to you all of you to help me gather some good ideas and pictures. i am thinking upright seating position, hammered fenders, single-speed w a coaster brake, cork grips, brooks...etc etc.

    What are your ideas? any input is appreciated. Also frames to start with to do this? Thanks in advance. i knew i could count on you. this is an idea shamelessly stolen attached.
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    I've been trying to find a frame for a similar build. i'd like lugged, but I don't want to use a conversion frame, I'd like something new. I can't find a new lugged frame with rack and fender mounts anywhere outside of custom stuff.

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    Hunter Green frame, Honey brooks w/ copper rails, Chrome hammered fenders, Shellacked cork grips, Bell, Box rims w/ gumwall tires, hand brakes not coaster, front Rando Rack Chromed, Rear saddle bag. sounds good to me. Or Go w/ a different color frame and go with the green and copper brooks... MMMMM sounds yummy

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    ^that is exactly what I wanted to do, in green, using an SE Premium Brew frame, and I was going to do the head tube and a seat post band in creme along with gold lug lining. Unfortunately, there is not nearly enough room for the tires I would want, as well as lack of rack and fender mounts

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    The $68 million dollar question is what fixie frame can accommodate 28c or bigger tires with fenders other than the Jury ???????

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    Far from being a fixie/SS wonder with gear shift braze-ons on downtube (and host of others). You can compare this to any touring/cyclo-cross/road frame out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotharpunc View Post
    I've been trying to find a frame for a similar build. i'd like lugged, but I don't want to use a conversion frame, I'd like something new. I can't find a new lugged frame with rack and fender mounts anywhere outside of custom stuff.
    lugged single-speed frames are typically intended for use as track bikes and therefore will not have the mounts you're looking for. custom stuff is most likely your only option if you don't go with a conversion.
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    Some damn good townie inspirado in this thread:

    Retro Raleigh Clubman / Path Racer - Whatever you wanna call it. (PICS)

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    If I were making a townie, I would probably go for a 3 or 5 speed, especially if it were going to have no good options for cheating the wind.

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    If this could only take 28c-32c with fenders (tight fit). For me this would be perfect bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rotharpunc View Post
    I've been trying to find a frame for a similar build. i'd like lugged, but I don't want to use a conversion frame, I'd like something new. I can't find a new lugged frame with rack and fender mounts anywhere outside of custom stuff.
    To each his own, but if this is what you want, why wouldn't you go used? Many of the bike boom touring models completely match these specs for a fraction of what this sort of thing costs now, and there are plenty to be had in essentially pristine condition.

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    I've seen someone's kilo tt with hemp wrapped around the drops as grips. That would look nice if you would like drops.
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    1980s Peugeot ten speeds are excellent conversion candidates. They will take 650b wheels, tires, fenders, chainguards and front and rear racks and lighting. They are to be had for a reasonable price off eBay. Can't go wrong with 'em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catnap View Post
    lugged single-speed frames are typically intended for use as track bikes and therefore will not have the mounts you're looking for. custom stuff is most likely your only option if you don't go with a conversion.
    I would say your right, but every time I find a bike that is of a worthy quality for me to convert, I end up feeling guilty and leaving it geared. Thats why I said forget it and started looking for looking for a new frame, but its looking like I may not have a choice but to do a conversion for this project.

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    Get an 80's touring bike, add a technomic stem and you have yourself the base of a townie. That's what I did. They have the tire clearance you crave, a nice stable ride due to the long wheelbase, and most of them have long horizontal dropouts. A good many don't even have much in the way of braze-ons.

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    I have a kogswell P/R and it's totally great. If you're tall enough and not into 650bs, there is a 59cm 700c version. It definitely rides way unlike any other bike I've ridden, and i've comfortably fit 30lb loads into the front rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    1980s Peugeot ten speeds are excellent conversion candidates. They will take 650b wheels, tires, fenders, chainguards and front and rear racks and lighting. They are to be had for a reasonable price off eBay. Can't go wrong with 'em!
    Just to note: this is terrible advice.
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    aside from the french threading, why?

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    80s Peugeots have various bb threadings. French and Swiss are a pain (and potentially very expensive) if the cups are shot. But they did switch to British in the 80s. Regardless, really fantastic Peugeots (great frames and components) often go for low prices, so I don't think it's bad advice if you know the potential pitfalls.

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    all of this is really good information. i wish i could afford the kogswell. Those bikes are beautiful. I do have an old lugged touring frame that is set up as a beater right now but with a new fork and headset could turn out quite nicely. i will have to look into that.

    I see a lot of center pull brakes on these bikes. If i am getting a new front fork. what type of braze-on's do i need in order to utilize this. i will do a search but am getting some good ideas from people.

    That black bike with the white tires (path racer-ish) is stunning

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    You'll need one of these:






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    Quote Originally Posted by rahatawa View Post
    I see a lot of center pull brakes on these bikes. If i am getting a new front fork. what type of braze-on's do i need in order to utilize this. i will do a search but am getting some good ideas from people.
    most center pulls you will come across mount like a normal side pull brake

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