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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 03-12-09, 02:39 PM   #1
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My $65 Single Toy

Hi Singlespeeders and fixers, and I am part of another forum yeeeei! I just wanted to share my cheap project bike. I bought a pretty much a frame and rims from a goodwill store and after a week into sinking another $45 into it I am finaly pedaling.
Yes I know it needs a paint job, and those red reflectors going to be gone next week.
Here it is my Kabuki bike.

Oh btw you can clown on it, I dont care , comments and critics are more than welcome!

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Old 03-12-09, 02:57 PM   #2
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I think that looks pretty legit. I'm actually doing the same thing and I'm trying to figure out the quickest and cheapest way to turn an old Specialized Sirrus with almost no components into a singlespeed freewheel. What parts did you get with the $45 bucks?
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Old 03-12-09, 03:13 PM   #3
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looks pretty clean but get a new brake lever. What ratio is that?
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Old 03-12-09, 03:43 PM   #4
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I bought 2 tires at $13 a piece, single freewheel $12, and 2 tubes for $7 bucks. I had Lbs take the old 9speed freewheel off for me, since they couldnt offer the tool that takes it off(freebie).
Took off the 2nd chainring, and left the outside 52 tooth on, and 16tooth rear cog in the back.
The hardest thing was aligning the rear wheel so the chain is straight.
Yes, I am looking for a new brake lever as we speak.
I deleted the rear brake, front and rear derailers, and shifters

Krevo: ebay is your best bet to get the parts and everything else.
Forgot to mention this bike is pretty fast
Thanks guys

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Old 03-12-09, 03:51 PM   #5
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If you are going SS, add a rear brake
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you will want a front brake
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Old 03-12-09, 04:28 PM   #7
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Front brake is there, rear is not and it stops like crazy with just a front one.

Why add rear? please explain.
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Old 03-12-09, 04:32 PM   #8
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Front brake is there, rear is not and it stops like crazy with just a front one.

Why add rear? please explain.
Freewheel + one brake = bad contingency planning.
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Freewheel + one brake = bad contingency planning.
What? I read that Ted Shred post. It looked okay.
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too bad it doesn't fit you. grow a foot.
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Front brake is there, rear is not and it stops like crazy with just a front one.

Why add rear? please explain.

Handling: Turning while braking, also extra control in: snow/ice/rain/leaves.

Safety: You can bust a cable and still stop. You can alternate brakes on a long downhill too keep rim temp down and avoid tube failure. Little extra stopping power when rims are wet.
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ianjk is giving wisdom - listen to him. Once you freewheel the rear, you need a rear brake to control it and it gives you more safety options. Unless of course you're well insured and have a written will......
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Thanks for the nice comments and feedback, but I have another bike that I ride most of the time that has both brakes and more speeds. This is just a project and have fun bike.
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my SS only has a front brake as well. no problems with that set-up. my contingency plan is my foot over the back wheel, bmx style.
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What kind of tires are those? I am looking for similar ones with a puncture/flat resistant type.
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...Oh btw you can clown on it, I dont care ...Pumaguy
Clown, schmown...I think it looks pretty good. Doesn't need a paintjob either. I'm a fan of 'original' in ss/fx conversions. 52x16 is pretty stiff gearing...hardcore. www.bikeisland.com has a single cross lever for 25.00...not sure what it includes. And they've got a set of calipers, levers, cables and housings for 40.00 if you want to go the complete route. Chainline looks good, too. Nice job. Have fun.
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too bad it doesn't fit you. grow a foot.
It's vintage fitting. It's all cool.
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Old 03-16-09, 08:41 PM   #18
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Thanks guys!
Darwin: Which tires are you talking about? on the trek bike they are original bontrager that came with the bike, on kabuki they are some cheap 27X1.1/4 lbs mechanic advised for price.

Nash: Last night stripped all the paint off the bike, cleaned rust and today sent the frame to get it powder coated thats another $60 at a local pcs. Its going to be black I just couldnt run with rust.
Cant wait.

Will post some pics when I get the frame to update.

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52x16 isnt bad, IF you can coast when you get tired ...

Nice sheldon brown "death stem" & QR seat.


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nice bike for sure, How did you get the chainline so straight using the outside chainring? How did you space the axle?
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Old 03-25-09, 08:53 PM   #21
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Thanks Jhill, I just removed the insinde chaingring, after shortening the chain to the right length I just pulled the rear wheel back as far as I could making sure the wheel/tire doenst hit the frame and it all naturally came in place. As you can see in the pic I used couple of nuts instead of spacer, but dont know if that made any difference. Oh almost forgot, I had to take the rear axel apart to space the thread a little to make it all look straight.
Hope that helps
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52x16 isnt bad, IF you can coast when you get tired ...

Nice sheldon brown "death stem" & QR seat.


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I highly doubt the death stem would be found on a mid to low level japanese bike, considering they really only came on high end peugeots


that design was really common during the time, it's like pointing at any compact car and saying it's a POS k-car
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Looks good!
Now, watchout... some dood who spent $65 on bar tape will be along shortly.
Be careful on that thing though... maybe some straps?
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Old 03-25-09, 10:03 PM   #24
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Got an update for you guys.
Got the frame back from the powdercoater couple of days ago and it looks great! They only charged me $50 for a frame and the fork.
I dont know wh,at death thing is but you probably can tell in the pics
I still need newer pedals brake handle and may be a crank set.
Here are some pics for you, I decided to go with black powdercoat
Enjoy!

Edited: Thanks for kind words guys
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Btw the steering tube and the seat tube were like weird, they were like 2 pieces held together by a long bolt, so when you tighten the bold from the top as you can see in the #13 pic, the bottom tube piece expands and thats how it tightens.
After tightening the seat tube and steer tube I tried to adjust a handlebar good luck! I couldnt even move it, I had to loosen the top bolt and push down on it, in order for me get it straight.
Crazy!
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