Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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I have an old Nishiki that I updated, I did consider turning it into a fixed gear, and even started the process, but then I decided to turn it back into a 12 speed. I did learn a lot from riding one gear though, and often I don't bother shifting anymore, I think my experience with one speed made me much more content with fewer gears, and far less shifting.
Okay, but onto the fixed gear thing, Nishikis are easy to convert. Remove freewheel from rear hub - easy, and add a track cog. I think redbike would be the best for this if you don't want to do it yourself. What you will need to do is probably get a new chainring set, because if I remember Nishikis have lame-ass riveted chainrings. if you want to do it cheap, just replace those 2 things, and you're set. Most bike shops will carry the right stuff to do it, but I always liked redbike.
Now for the important thing with fixed gear bikes; accessories, which you will have to order over the internet for now. If I'm correct, old Nishikis come with MKS pedals, which are essential if you want any fixed gear cred. Also, the top tube pad is another must-have. I haven't seen any bike shops in Edmonton that sell them, so you might just want to go to Home Depot, get the right sized pipe insulator, then go to zellers and buy some fabric, cut and staple it around, and presto, you have a top tube pad. Throw out your brakes, you won't need those. And cut down your old drop bars to make mini bullhorns. Oh, and use the same chain, or any 6 speed chain from MEC, just remove a bunch off links.
That's how I did it anyway.