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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, 03:29 PM   #1
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Nishiki conversion in progress kinda lol

so its been forever but im finally coming aropund to getting my bike to where i want it to be.

It went from

to now ghetto single speed style lol


upgrades so far
sugino cranks/nitto stem/ideal saddle/mks pedals/cages/leather straps/kenda tires....the wheels are temporary until i get a fixed set by the end of this week , Im planning on buy this if its in descent shape http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/1043001405.html and using the frame and wheels ,i noticed there is a smal crack on the down tube of my bike.
I also plan on dropping the straight bars and getting some descent drops

What do you guys think?
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Old 03-12-09, 03:56 PM   #2
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so its been forever but im finally coming aropund to getting my bike to where i want it to be.

It went from

to now ghetto single speed style lol


upgrades so far
sugino cranks/nitto stem/ideal saddle/mks pedals/cages/leather straps/kenda tires....the wheels are temporary until i get a fixed set by the end of this week , Im planning on buy this if its in descent shape http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/1043001405.html and using the frame and wheels ,i noticed there is a smal crack on the down tube of my bike.
I also plan on dropping the straight bars and getting some descent drops

What do you guys think?

Edit: misread as you were going to buy the other bike for wheel and use broken frame.
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Old 03-12-09, 04:04 PM   #3
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the white frame i currently have has a small crack, i want to buy the cannondale if its in good condition and just use the wheels and frame and possibly the seat post, Im transferring everything else over to the cannondale(if i get it)
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Cannondales are nice frames. I've had both road and mtn bikes from them and they are bulletproof. Clean welds, huge tubes - very nice. Check the rear dropouts. A lot of Cannondales have vertical drops which may require you to use a half link in the chain if you need to change gearing or adjust the tension. It's not a big deal but something to keep in mind.
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so its been forever but im finally coming aropund to getting my bike to where i want it to be.lol

upgrades so far
sugino cranks/nitto stem/ideal saddle/mks pedals/cages/leather straps/kenda tires....the wheels are temporary until i get a fixed set by the end of this week , Im planning on buy this if its in descent shape http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/1043001405.html and using the frame and wheels ,i noticed there is a smal crack on the down tube of my bike.
I also plan on dropping the straight bars and getting some descent drops

What do you guys think?
+1 on the drops.
Let's see that crack.
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Old 03-12-09, 11:25 PM   #6
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i like the bike very clean, \
i see your looking at a post near UCR, do you go there? i do!
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Old 03-13-09, 06:13 AM   #7
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i'd run 2 brakes if this is singlespeed.
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Old 03-13-09, 11:58 AM   #8
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i'd run 2 brakes if this is singlespeed.
I agree, 2 brakes is very needed with singlespeed. I rode 20 miles once on a freewheel with only a front brake. That wasn't pretty and I burned out half of my pads. I'm actually building up a coaster brake for the rear to keep the look clean.
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I live In Moreno Valley,pretty close to UCR, I'll try and get a pic soon of the crack, It's pretty small but my buddy said I should have it checked out so I dont know.

I got better pictures of the cannondale, it has braze-on gear shifters and vertical drops =(, just something id rather not deal with , I had already chopped the ones off the nishiki, awell it looks like im going to buy a set of Weinmanns from Bicyclewheels.com and call it a day , and im probably going to paint the nishiki primer black until I find a descent frame.
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I was going to say, "get the drops back," but you are. good!
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haha ofcourse, those straight bars are not cutting it.
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Old 03-13-09, 06:41 PM   #12
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That's what I'm doing with my nishiki too!

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It looks like Nishiki definitely has some pretty sweet frames.
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Nice! Green chain is kinda wierd! but whatever floats your boat.
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Nice! Green chain is kinda wierd! but whatever floats your boat.
yeah, i wanted to do something weird that cought your eye
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That's what I'm doing with my nishiki too!


right on =) Nishiki powa!
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Nice! Green chain is kinda wierd! but whatever floats your boat.
Makes it easy to find the master link, anyway...
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Woot

Update on my bike , and a few pictures.

That saddle needs some adjusting.


Got a weinmann dp wheel set, picking up the front wheel on saturday , stole the SR bars from my miyata

Front brake going on soon just waiting for some cash to pick up the gold finger lever at my LBS

I plan on painting the bike sometime soon i hope unless I run into a descent frame.

What do you guys think??
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I think it looks great. Personally, I like the white. I would put some cloth or leather tape on the bars and call it done.
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I think it looks great. Personally, I like the white. I would put some cloth or leather tape on the bars and call it done.
Thanks, the primer looks better in the picture haha its pretty scratched up, but yea im definatly picking up some bar tape today.=)
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It looks like Nishiki definitely has some pretty sweet frames.
They do! Even the low-end ones I've seen are quite nicely built.

And they've got quite high-quality paint jobs. Nice enough to leave alone, after all it's only original once! But I'm a dork for patina, so whateves.
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yo brian~
i see you got some drops!
haha sweet bike dude.
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yo brian~
i see you got some drops!
Haha sweet bike dude.
sup ken!
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Some add-ons woot













shimano,Brake, gold finger lever, weinmann front wheel , crappy bar tape=D

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Nice bike, do you actually go to UCR? I'm a student there.
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