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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 07-05-04, 09:39 PM   #1
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Looking for a SS beater project- where to start?

Subject says it. Roadie frame or MTB? Want a beater to take to the store around the corner and general joyrides. Don't want to use my commuter. Gonna build a SS with a coaster brake only, and a front brake only if I MUST have it.

Any certain equipment to look for? I'll have to had the rear wheel built anyway, I figure whatever I get I'll buy a custom rear wheel for it, as I have NO idea how to build one, though I wouldn't mind trying!

So where do start? How much should I budget for it?
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Old 07-05-04, 11:25 PM   #2
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I bought a cheapo coaster brake wheel with a generic alloy rim for less than $20. Trued and tightened the spokes and it's been fine. It's mounted on my old MTB, currently 38/14 gearing. I kept the front cantilever brake because I just can't reconcile with the notion of rear brake only (though it does a fine job). I've had some cheap steel 3" rise bars on it, but currently it has some Wald North Road bars. This bike has been through the ringer several times and looks it... scratches, patches of rust, dings... but has been a reliable workbike for almost ten years.

The biggest obstacle to going coaster brake is that the rear dropout spacing is 135mm. Coaster brake hubs are much narrower than that. I think 110mm. Fortunately, it had a extra long axle, and I was able to borrow some nuts to use as spacers. This also may affect chainline depending on what kind of sprocket you want to run.

Doesn't really matter if you use a road or MTB frame (or cantilever frame for that matter, since you'll have a bike on par with the average beach cruiser). I used a MTB frame because that's what I had. If you go with found parts, this can be very cheap. After you have a rear wheel built, the rest will be gravy. You can put it together any way you like. Match and mismatch parts. Come up with something interesting.
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Well the 'which bike' question has already been answered. Tommorow I pick up an old rigid trek 820 that has a bent derailer hanger, I may just SS that one. Or I might fix it and keep it geared. Decisions!!

Thanks for the info thus far :-)
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