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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 06-27-12, 07:04 PM   #1
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Raleigh fixed gear

1972 Raleigh that I'm going to build with drop bars and tektro levers to the original Weinmann centerpulls. I'd been wanting a 531 frame and fork and one just showed up through family channels.











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Old 06-27-12, 07:18 PM   #2
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Nice frame. Don't **** it up.
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Old 06-27-12, 08:18 PM   #3
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Looks nice, but I. Really like the stand
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Old 07-02-12, 05:42 PM   #4
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Remember, that TA crank uses a non-standard 23.0mm x 1.0mm extractor...
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French thread? I won't pull it until it starts making grinding noises.
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I know about tipping a Brooks saddle a bit nose up, but seriously, is that comfy?
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I know about tipping a Brooks saddle a bit nose up, but seriously, is that comfy?
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I know about tipping a Brooks saddle a bit nose up, but seriously, is that comfy?
FWIW - a B17 needs to be tipped up a little more than other models. That would be a little excessive for me but different ifs for different butts.
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It found its own level - that's my nephew's tip but it's OK.
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Classic bars would look better IMO especially with the original brake, but if it gets ridden then its worth it. Nice lugs
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I have some cloth bar tape coming and may switch to drop bars. The saddle is a Team Professional
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Definitely a lot of tilt for a Pro. I imagine it'll come back down when you switch to drops.
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I put the drops on today - much better look. With the Texas wind I ride in the drops some.
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Here's the bike with drop bars -

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Really nice conversion.
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There she is, a properly mature look.
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+1. FGs with lugged black frames look really classy and old-school.
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Heres my conversion. 83 Raleigh Comp G.S. I also love the 531 frames.
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Very nice. The color scheme is fine
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Took the Raleigh out for a ride to the YMCA swimming pool. The frame is longer than my other fixed gear bike. It rides like a cadillac. really nice.
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Old 07-10-12, 02:51 PM   #22
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Here it is with the track grips and cotton bar tape--

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So much better.
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Bump --- I turned it into a single speed. I had a 16t White Industries freewheel that I could use - 42x16 = 69 gear inches. I like about a 65, but I can just strain. Made a drop bolt out of two cheap corner braces from Home Depot (took about 1/2 a day to figure it out) and added the rear Weinmann brake and added the right hand tektro lever.
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