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    Riding like its 1990 thenomad's Avatar
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    No street cred for the vintage conversions? My contribution to keep steel real.

    Many geared bikes later, I'm doing up my first SS.

    Rode a new SS for a bit commuting and decided this was the best use of the old Columbus frame Schwinn Super Sport.

    It seems to be all about the high dollar company bikes now, but here's a shout to vintage steel

    Original cinelli stem had fatigue crack, and cinelli bars were bent. Trying the risers first and made chop-flops from the Cinellis.
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    Wow, I love it. I've been dying to get a late 80s high quality Schwinn to convert to FG/SS but haven't found one yet. The Super Sport was right near top of the line, no? It should make an excellent conversion. I'm jealous!
    Why "derailer" is the correct way to spell the gear-change mechanism: sheldonbrown.com/derailer.html

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    Riding like its 1990 thenomad's Avatar
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    I believe only the Peloton was higher. My perfect size too 55cm x 55cm, Shimano 600. Will probably go back to a nicer stem and drop bars as that's my comfort zone but not spending money is also my comfort zone.
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    Shout out to my schwinn conversion brother
    Mine definitely wasn't the top of the line though but I still have fun with it. I'd love to get my hands on an old tarck model.
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    No hate for conversions here, I often enjoy looking at them more than others.

    more conversions
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    Riding like its 1990 thenomad's Avatar
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    Lookin good, both. That teal is a cool original color. That's a big frame hairnet, is it a fixed rear?
    I'm trying to just use the wheels that came with the bike so only SS for now. Wondering if I really need the rear brake for my relatively flat 9 mile commute. A front is probably sufficient. I have cross top levers I'll use as opposed to MTB levers.
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    Well, you have the rear brake don't you? You should have one for SS.
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    I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
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    There is no good reason to not have a rear brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
    There is no good reason to not have a rear brake.
    Ummm how about stoping?
    The OP said single speed, not fixed gear.

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    We should have a post your conversion thread.
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    id ride it. after making it a fixed gear

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    Riding like its 1990 thenomad's Avatar
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    Yeah, I guess I'd better do both brakes. Anyone have any trouble using only the cross top levers? They are nice and small but have only been collecting dust in my parts bin.
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    Those work just fine.
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    Heres my slightly-out-of-focus Schwinn World Sport, I've gotten a new/not stretched chain since this picture.

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    Those is purty.

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    yea there's an easier way to keep steel real: KILO TT~ because vintage conversions make me cry in a corner.

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    This is the only time I will probably ever agree with Mucky. Converting a nice working vintage bike is kind of pointless. Seen so many sweet, working, still original vintage geared bikes go on the chopping block/get tarcked.

    Here is my old Schwinn World (now retired after several hard winters), picked it up sans wheels with a busted derailleur for 3 bones.

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    because physics has more street cred than tarckstars.

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    Stem was cracked, bars were bent, brakes had been replaced with turkey lever crap, rear wheel hub loose, paint is bad, lots of gloppy white nail polish that doesn't show in photos. I've built up my share of vintage geared bikes from teh frame up and I agree that its nice to save them. I'm not going to drew the frame so I'm ok with some SS action.
    Besides, this will be ridden many days on my commute and may make it to the cyclocross course come October so it'll get the use it deserves. If it was in better paint shape it'd be geared and sold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muckymucky View Post
    yea there's an easier way to keep steel real: KILO TT~ because vintage conversions make me cry in a corner.
    I'm sorry, spending $360 for near the same thing makes me cry more.
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    Better to convert and use them than see them rot away.

    Mine is a LeTour..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    This is the only time I will probably ever agree with Mucky. Converting a nice working vintage bike is kind of pointless. Seen so many sweet, working, still original vintage geared bikes go on the chopping block/get tarcked.
    There is a difference between converting and tarking out. I enjoy conversions that still look like road bikes they were
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    Quote Originally Posted by muckymucky View Post
    yea there's an easier way to keep steel real: KILO TT~ because vintage conversions make me cry in a corner.
    I picked up an '84 Trek 460 cheap. It was originally equipped with friction DT shifters, and the infamous Malliard Helicomatic rear hub. Why bother keeping such a terrible system geared? It made a much better FG conversion.

    I agree with hairnet: as long as they don't get tarked out with colorful everything and stubby riser bars, why not? They can always be converted back.
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    My '71 conversion was not taking something good and changing it. The poor old thing had seen lots of road use and the wheels were shot. I recycled the brakes and have kept all the parts I took off. So for me, it was not taking something minty and hacking it, it was taking an old friend and giving it new life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muckymucky View Post
    yea there's an easier way to keep steel real: KILO TT~ because vintage conversions make me cry in a corner.
    My colnago, my rules; = NO rear derailleur hanger; NO braze ons; NO rear brake bridge; hobo barz; stickerz everywherez

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    There is a difference between converting and tarking out. I enjoy conversions that still look like road bikes they were
    I agree, but there is a point where I just cringe. The point where you cannot convert back... Like cutting off braze-ons, spraybombing over a beautiful original finish, tossing out the shifters/derailleurs/wheels, etc. You don't see it too often these days, but several years ago it was the norm.
    Quote Originally Posted by Santaria View Post
    because physics has more street cred than tarckstars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muckymucky View Post
    yea there's an easier way to keep steel real: KILO TT~ because vintage conversions make me cry in a corner.
    cool story bro.

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