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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 06-13-09, 10:14 AM   #1
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what to replace on my raleigh olympian

Just picked up a raleigh olympian and realized, I probably overpaid. Oh well.

it has 700cc wheels, does anyone know how the quality of them is or brand? No idea what make they are, as they sprayed them flat black, but they are still the originals.

Also, it has a Sakae CX crank. Is this a decent crank? I'll eventually transfer my IRO parts over, but I'd like to have two bikes right now, so I just want to convert this quick.

Otherwise at least this bike fits me better and is that 555sl tubing.

Here is what it looks like, I'll clean up the stickers and put different bars on for sure.
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Old 06-13-09, 10:44 AM   #2
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get some new handlebars....the previous owner seemed to be some kind of hipster.....
ive seen sakae cx cranksets on ebay for pretty cheap...
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Old 06-13-09, 10:46 AM   #3
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bars are first on the list as mentioned. I was hoping the crank was of decent quality, oh well.
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Old 06-13-09, 06:38 PM   #4
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IIRC, that crank isn't too bad. Not dura ace, but not crap.
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Old 06-14-09, 09:58 AM   #5
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Doubt anyone cares, but so far I put the single rear brake on the front, glad thats out of the way. Going to turn it into a fixed gear tonight.

For anyone interested in weight, I'm glad this should be fairly light, compared to my Varsity.

Varsity Before - 42lbs (completely stock, steel wheels, nothing removed)
After - 26lbs (Aluminum wheels from Windsor - The hour, IRO crank, front brake)

Olympian Before - 25lbs still stock, just no rear brake, already with aluminum wheels.

Glad to see I'm already a lb under my current ride.
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Old 06-14-09, 01:29 PM   #6
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I have an 84 olympian. Originally it was my first conversion but now it looks like this.

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you never said what you paid for it. what kind of hubs are on the wheels? what kind of derailuers?
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I have an 84 olympian. Originally it was my first conversion but now it looks like this.

Nice upgrades, looks very modern. The pink matches the white in a good way also!
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you down with OBB?
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