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Thrift store find! Sears 'fixie' - what was it prior?

Old 12-23-16, 09:12 PM
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Thrift store find! Sears 'fixie' - what was it prior?

Found this at my local thrift store & loved it as soon as I saw it! I raised the origin8 handlebars so they sit more upright since taking photos below, but other than that it was ready to go & a blast to ride!

I'm wondering what model it was before being converted into a single speed? The back frame tubes come up past the main frame which I thought was unusual but looked cool. Can anyone tell me what I have & if it has any value?

Thank I appreciate any help.
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It was a low-end department store bike that's been converted to a fixie. Note the crimped and welded seat stay and chain stay where they meet the dropout, or the Ashtabula one-piece crank.

It doesn't have much monetary value at all, but in my eyes, it kinda has some coolness precisely for that reason. It's the low-budget, blue collar, rough around every edge, anti-Colnago. It's the Pabst Blue Ribbon of bikes.
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Originally Posted by SkyDog75 View Post
It was a low-end department store bike that's been converted to a fixie. Note the crimped and welded seat stay and chain stay where they meet the dropout, or the Ashtabula one-piece crank.

It doesn't have much monetary value at all, but in my eyes, it kinda has some coolness precisely for that reason. It's the low-budget, blue collar, rough around every edge, anti-Colnago. It's the Pabst Blue Ribbon of bikes.
+1. Way cool ride if you ignore the $ lust of euro-bikes.
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Likely it was a 5 - 7 speed bike. No marks on the frame where there would have been a front derailleur. The inexpensive side pull front brake and rat trap pedals also points toward a low end price. The brake is a cheap clone of the good Weinmann or DiaCompe brakes of the 1970s. If it has 27" wheels, that's another sign pointing toward the 1970s or early 1980s. It would have been nice if they left the rear brake on it. If you happen to grab the front brake really hard and not pedal backwards at the same time you could do an endo over the handlebars.
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This started out as a low end five speed from about 72 or so based on Sears head decal and BMA safety sticker on the seat tube. As presented if everything works good and it's a single speed with a good freewheel worth about $75 as functional rider, if it has suicide fixie cog screwed onto a regular wheel worth about $50.
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