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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 06-17-09, 11:11 PM   #1
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My summer project....

Hey guys, I just wanted to say hi and to show you guys the summer project I just started.
Last weekend I was able to pick up a nice appolo frame for 20 bucks. After some thought I have decided to make myself a singlespeed/fixed bike.

Im been riding a bike forever but I have never build up an old frame before nor do I know much about single speeds/fixed. All new to me but I think it will be a very fun learning experience. Got to start somehow right?

Anyways, I thought Id share my progress from time to time and I am sure I will hav lots of questions for you all as I go along.

So far I have stripped off the componenets and started sanding the bike for a nice fresh paint job. Originally I was going to paint it myself, but i think ill get it powder coated. Less hassle as I dont really have the space for the painting

Heres a pic of the original bike



Ill post another picture this weekend, once I get her all sanded down. Hope to get it painted in the next couple weeks. I was thinking of going matte black or maybe a dark purple. Still undecided on colors though

Oh, if you know some good websites to learn some useful info, feel free to post em

Thanks,

Mark
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Old 06-17-09, 11:19 PM   #2
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sheldonbrown.com will answer any possible question that you may have
good luck, im looking for a summer project prospect atm, but im picky
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Shouldn't be any more difficult if you've been around bikes all your life, everything works exactly the same as on any other bike with the exception of the rear wheel depending on whether or not you're going fixed.

Only main thing to note is to keep the chain perfectly straight just like on a road bike. If you're going SS just take off the cassette and put on a freewheel and redish the wheel.
Going fixed is a different story since you'll have to get a new wheel and judging from your bike it looks like a 27" so that's not as straightforward.
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