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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 03-14-09, 04:51 PM   #1
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First Fixed Buildup Thread - Day By Day

NEW EDIT: FINISHED PRODUCT (Sadly sold three days after being built to a buddy)



Converting my once smooth running Univega Maxima Sport Road bike into a fixed. Can't wait to finish it! I will be updating this thread everyday or whenever something new is done.

Current parts sitting at my home are: original bars + quil stem, Origin-8 crankset
Parts waiting to arrive: gold Deep V's with silver spokes and Formula hub

My Univega as it once was:


Day 1

Went through 2 cans of aircraft stripper and removed all the paint


One coat of primer


DAY 2

Put 3 layers of base coats last night. Just finished a coat of clear earlier. For those that are wondering, color is Graphite (Gun Metal Grey) Wheel paint by Duplicolor.


DAY 3

Sprayed 3 layers of clear coat and has been sitting for about 10 hours now. Components are stock stem, bars, seat post and seat is from my Schwinn World. Next step is wait for more parts to arrive as the paint cures.


Up close shot of the paint


DAY 3.635426

Deep V's arrived from bicyclewheels.com

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Old 03-14-09, 08:56 PM   #2
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Oh man, am I excited to see where this goes! Keep the pics rolling in!
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Old 03-14-09, 08:58 PM   #3
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Did you paint the headset?
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Old 03-14-09, 09:01 PM   #4
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I hope you didn't paint the headset, I think it would look a little funky.

Anywho i'm excited to see this built up!
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Old 03-14-09, 10:20 PM   #5
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Looks as though at least the top race of the headset is taped.
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Old 03-15-09, 11:38 AM   #6
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Updated on Day 2.

The headset has been taped off with a layer of vaseline on top.
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Old 03-15-09, 10:47 PM   #7
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I'm excited to see how this goes
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Old 03-16-09, 07:12 AM   #8
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Thanks for the interest people. Day 3 update is up!

What do you guys recommend for tires? I am looking for some flat/puncture resistant tires. Ben's Cycles has Continental Gatorskin wire beads for $36.99 each.
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Old 03-16-09, 07:03 PM   #9
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Surly Seca Comps are my personal favorite. The sweetest thing about them is the anti puncture seal they come with. So you have like 2 additional layers before you actually skid to wire.
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Old 03-16-09, 07:47 PM   #10
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That paint looks really nice.
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Looking good, I love aicraft stripper used it last night on my frame, makes things a lot easier.
great job on paint!
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Old 03-16-09, 08:24 PM   #12
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Same color as my first Fixed long ago. Inspiration for you!
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Old 03-16-09, 08:32 PM   #13
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That's a nice build! Thanks all for the compliments.

I just won an older Leader 735TR frame without the intention of winning. So I guess I will have another project coming along after this. Or I might just sell the Univega frame set.

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Old 03-16-09, 09:01 PM   #14
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Color looks great! Can't wait to see more pics
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Old 03-16-09, 11:46 PM   #15
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LOL.


Painting 101 : Always paint parts, oriented the same way as you would see them in use .

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Old 03-17-09, 08:52 AM   #16
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I caved in and bought myself a set of Vuelta TrackPro's wheels for this project. I will put the Velocity's on the leader instead.

I wonder how hard it is going to be to polish up machined sidewalls with tires mounted already. Looking to shine up the Vuelta TrackPro's, anyone have some tips and tricks to do so?
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Old 03-17-09, 10:58 AM   #17
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yeah un-mount your tires
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Old 03-17-09, 09:01 PM   #18
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Almost there.. Should be set up buy early-mid next week! The inspiration for this build:

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Old 03-17-09, 09:26 PM   #19
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Looks rad with the risers and non-junky saddle but get some metal clips! And that's a big gear.
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Old 03-17-09, 09:38 PM   #20
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That's not my bike, simply just an inspiration for this project.
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Old 03-28-09, 11:05 PM   #21
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looking good! I wanna see the Leader build up, too!
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Old 03-29-09, 12:02 AM   #22
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Finished product (sold to a buddy 3 days after built):


my finished leader:
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now is the time to use those painting skills again.
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Old 03-29-09, 08:02 AM   #24
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True, the decals are over the top. I feel like I'm riding a nascar bike . Going to the vinyl store and covering up the bottom tube for now.
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Flip the stem
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