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Old 12-08-20, 10:46 PM
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Colin Laing track bike I’ve had since 1979. The original owner drilled it for brakes and had it set up with derailleurs. I had it repainted 30+ ago and got the later Colian decals from Colin Laing a few years later.








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Old 12-09-20, 05:54 PM
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Old 12-10-20, 01:19 AM
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1983 Bianchi Nuovo Racing. Converted to a single speed. Love this bike for busting around town. I call it Il Campione Di Sonoma. Can you tell it has my favorite saddle on it?
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Old 12-23-20, 06:23 PM
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*shameless copy of a post in a different subforum*

Picked up this frame on eBay a couple of weeks ago.

Seller said he built it in the 70s out of Columbus SL. Overall it's pretty well made, certainly comparable to any of the mid-level production stuff from Japan in the 70s and 80s.

Currently it's stolen the wheelset from my Grand Jubile, but I'll be ordering hubs soon to give it a wheelset of it's own. Since the fork clearance is so tight even with these Veloflex Master 25mm (measuring 23mm actual) I'm pretty sure this is going to get 650b X 38mm wheels and tires. Might have to go to 32mm in the back, but we'll see. Additionally, as neat as bars with no levers look, they're not the most ergonomic things so eventually I'll probably throw some aero levers on here and I'm not the biggest fan of levers with nothing hooked to them. That means drilling the rear bridge, which I'm not opposed to on principle but I'm debating whether I really want to modify this frame that way.

This is my second actual track bike, the first was a too small Kilo TT a few years ago. The feel is quite familiar, but it sure is nice to have a frame that actually fits me. And a lugged frame will always beat a TIG'd one



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Old 12-24-20, 04:57 AM
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I really like one gear.




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Two projects, my plan is to build up the 3Rensho as a single speed. Still pondering if I should build up the Keith Anderson or sell.


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Old 12-24-20, 09:27 AM
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'74 raleigh pro that gets gently ridden at times


And a locally built track frame I tend to ride more, mostly at the beach.
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‘78 Schwinn LeTour. Converted to single speed with 700x 40/38 gravel tires. Other parts from an ‘87 LeTour including crackset which was easier to do the single conversion. Still need to sort out the brake lever angle
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Old 12-25-20, 12:33 AM
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87 schwinn prelude. I rarely rode it when it was downtube geared, so I converted it to STI geared. I rode it sparingly when it was STI geared, so I converted it to single speed.
I rode it even less as a single speed.

It fit well and rode just fine, yet I almost never chose it. If riding on my own, ill take my gravel bike. If riding with others, one of my road bikes will be chosen. If commuting or camping, my tourer.
I just never found a place for this.



...and yet multiple times I the last month I have envisioned converting my 88 schwinn premis frame into a single speed. I still have all the components.
I just think that this time it'll be different.
What a trip the mind is.
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Old 12-07-21, 11:54 PM
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A bit of a zombie thread, but I hate to let a good thing die.

This '78 (?) Centurion Semi-Pro came to me recently as a bare naked frame. Given the nearly complete lack of braze-ons, building it up as a fixed gear bike seemed like a reasonable thing to do. It's been a few years since I've had a fixie in the house, but this machine has reminded me how much fun it can be. Don't get me wrong, I am, and will always be a big fan of multiple gears and coasting. But every once in a while it's good to take a fixed gear bike for a spin. It's sort of like skinny-dipping...

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Old 12-08-21, 03:17 AM
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Not vintage but lugged Reynolds 725.

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Old 12-08-21, 08:44 PM
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I'm pretty sure this is going to get 650b X 38mm wheels and tires. Might have to go to 32mm in the back, but we'll see.
650b x 32mm, indeed:

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Centurion Comp T/A converted to track . This was a fun build , the fork tube (NJS) had to be lengthened and the track forks (drop outs) were purchased from Paragon Machine and brazed on .
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Old 12-08-21, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
650b x 32mm, indeed:

How's the bb height with those wheels?
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Old 12-09-21, 03:38 PM
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How's the bb height with those wheels?
No issues so far. BB drop is somewhere around 63mm so even with 170 cranks I'd have to be leaning pretty far before I start having to worry about pedal strike.
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Old 12-09-21, 08:51 PM
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Both of my bikes have been single speed for over a year now… both are mid-80s.

Schwinn Sprint, which would be the candidate if I try out fixed gear. I recently flipped the touring bars to a moustache bar configuration.





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Old 12-10-21, 02:24 AM
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3 of my Aussie built track bikes - Beretto, Hillman, DeGrandi.

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Old 12-10-21, 12:05 PM
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I'll post a briefly owned Merckx Pista for posterity sake. I got it off eBay 4-5 years ago. It was one of those bikes where the seller didn't realize what he had and I was only bidder for $400. I figured it was worth twice that. Flipping isn't really my thing but gave it a go. I live in a really hilly area so a fixie/track bike is not a good idea and I didn't want to get creative with it, like IGH hub, etc; thought it deserved a proper build. Anyway, par for the course for me, didn't make as much as I should have considering the effort I put in it and regret not keeping it.

I pretty sure it's an '85. Sold it to a guy in Southern California.

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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
Centurion Comp T/A converted to track . This was a fun build , the fork tube (NJS) had to be lengthened and the track forks (drop outs) were purchased from Paragon Machine and brazed on .
I had a 89-ish Trek 660 that I had set up as a FG and I toyed with the idea of installing track ends, but never did. Was a really fun, responsive bike. Kinda wish I still had it.
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@Gary Fountain, where do you ride those bikes? Two are set up for track racing, and the one with the bullhorn bars doesn't "legal" for racing.
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