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Old 07-08-07, 05:49 PM
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Raleigh Gran Sport fixie - start throwing those tomatoes!

*ducks* Missed me!

What to do when you have too many spare parts kicking about:



Built it this afternoon from pretty much spare parts and nothing else. Came out rather good, considering I wasn't expecting to have all the parts on hand to build it.

I was quite surprised at the ride quality, even though I have a cheaper 27" CroMo (not hi-ten, thank god) fork on it. It'll ride hands-off with the least bit of effort, and the gear range is just perfect for my usual riding cadence. The fact that it weighs only 18 pounds is a nice plus too

Enjoy the picture - I'll have more to come.

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You forgot the bar tape
Nice looking bike, but then everything you ride looks nice. It looks like a repaint and from the pics, a good job.
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Originally Posted by roccobike
You forgot the bar tape
Nice looking bike, but then everything you ride looks nice. It looks like a repaint and from the pics, a good job.
Ran out of tape to put on it, believe it or not. I don't usually have black tape on hand.

Yep, it is a repaint that I did a long while ago. Originally had the traditional baby blue/white scheme, which had been battered pretty bad when I got it. I had though of building this machine up as a 4 speed club racer, but shelved that idea long ago when I started acquiring a few Campagnolo derailers.

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Looks nice...;o) Glad it's fun to ride.

I'm considering sacrificing one of my stable, too.

Maybe the 85 Moto Mirage...
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That is one clean machine. Enjoy!
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Originally Posted by alicestrong
Looks nice...;o) Glad it's fun to ride.

I'm considering sacrificing one of my stable, too.

Maybe the 85 Moto Mirage...
Eh, I figured it wouldn't hurt to do so on a beat mid-range machine such as this Raleigh Gran Sport. The fact that these things are both 531 AND have stamped, hangerless dropouts made it an ideal candidate.

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That is one clean machine. Enjoy!
Thanks!

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Looks really nice! Single speed? Doesnt appear to be a fixie? Slap some black bar tape on her as roccobike mentioned, she'll (the bike) love you for it!
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Originally Posted by ilikebikes
Looks really nice! Single speed? Doesnt appear to be a fixie? Slap some black bar tape on her as roccobike mentioned, she'll (the bike) love you for it!
It is a genuine fixie. Curiously, what made it appear to be SS?

I'll get some cotton bar tape when I pass by the shop sometime.

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Very sharp! No braze-ons to worry about.

I'm changing my Gran Sport back to geared (7 speed friction) and have a extra set of wide rim wheels for my studded snow tires. She's a nice ride. A 1990 carbon fiber aluminum lugged Miyata now serves as my ss/fixie - 17 lbs before I exhanged the saddle for a Brooks B17N. I left the braze-ons intact. I've been getting used to the single speed before I put cages back on and try her as fixed.
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Sweet! I'm jealous.
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Very nice! Platforms on a fixie aren't much fun though...

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I'm trying not to start any new projects, but I keep seeing bikes and thinking "Hmmmm. Need one like that!"
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Originally Posted by Sammyboy
I'm trying not to start any new projects, but I keep seeing bikes and thinking "Hmmmm. Need one like that!"

I know what you mean! It is a very cool looking bike. I have all of the parts for a SS and Miyata 610 frame that needs paint.......
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Originally Posted by robtown
Very sharp! No braze-ons to worry about.
Actually, the TT cable braze-ons are still there. Take a close look under the top tube.

Originally Posted by Az B
Very nice! Platforms on a fixie aren't much fun though...
They're quills, but it doesn't make much difference then platforms - I need to replenish my stock of toe-clips to build up this machine. Either that, or go clipless, but I've yet to have much luck locating clipless pedals.

Originally Posted by Sammyboy
I'm trying not to start any new projects, but I keep seeing bikes and thinking "Hmmmm. Need one like that!"
Hehe - same here, except they never come out the same (!)

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Originally Posted by cudak888
They're quills, but it doesn't make much difference then platforms - I need to replenish my stock of toe-clips to build up this machine. Either that, or go clipless, but I've yet to have much luck locating clipless pedals.

Hehe - same here, except they never come out the same (!)

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Check out the Crank Bros. Egg Beaters........My arms on my Miyata are 170, so the smaller sized clips work well on the tighter turns. Love 'em!
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Originally Posted by fender1
I know what you mean! It is a very cool looking bike. I have all of the parts for a SS and Miyata 610 frame that needs paint.......
Yep - the trick to getting the "cool" look is how to accessorize it though. For instance, I was just lucky enough to have a black seatpost on hand from one of those GMC Denali roadbikes, and I dare say it wouldn't have looked right without it - gives it that mean, menacing, fixed-gear look. I believe the Avocet o2 saddle, being primarily black and of a traditional shape helps too - I've seen quite a few machines out there with their lines simply ruined by "busy" saddles - the latest Selle San Marcos come to mind.

Just my thoughts - I am big on the appearance of bikes, as you can see!

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I have a set of white Shimano LOOK(?) style clipless pedals you can have for shipping if you want em. They are white though so they would not match.
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There speaks a man who has never heard the Kurt Clipless Rant (tm)
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Originally Posted by fender1
I have a set of white Shimano LOOK(?) style clipless pedals you can have for shipping if you want em. They are white though so they would not match.
I'll take 'em - PM me. I know the pedals - I have a pair on my Basso.

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Originally Posted by Sammyboy
There speaks a man who has never heard the Kurt Clipless Rant (tm)
Who now owns a pair of Duegi® clipless shoes...

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Originally Posted by alicestrong
I'm considering sacrificing one of my stable, too.
It's never a sacrifice...
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Best spare parts bike I ever seen
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Originally Posted by tolfan
Best spare parts bike I ever seen
You like the parts on it? Or the parts that would have come off of it for the conversion?

For the record, this oddball '76 was built up with a full Suntour groupset, as one would expect from a '77 Raleigh Super Course or Grand Prix - but of course, the Gran Sport had been discontinued that year. Guess this was one of the last off the assy' line.

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Very nice. I gave a thought to converting my UO8 to a fixie but didn't have the parts on hand and when I added up the cost of buying them it seems easier to just spring for a new Bianchi Pista on sale at my LBS. And what's wrong with busy saddles?

Yeah, I know it's not vintage but I think it looks good anyway. And way cheaper than a chrome Paramount...maybe celeste tires next.
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Originally Posted by Kommisar89
Very nice. I gave a thought to converting my UO8 to a fixie but didn't have the parts on hand and when I added up the cost of buying them it seems easier to just spring for a new Bianchi Pista on sale at my LBS. And what's wrong with busy saddles?

Yeah, I know it's not vintage but I think it looks good anyway. And way cheaper than a chrome Paramount...maybe celeste tires next.
Well, here's a tip for making fixies without spending too much: I've found that a cheap way to do a "suicide" hub conversion that holds up in all conditions is to use a cheaper STEEL hub - that way, there is no chance of the cog eating up delicate aluminum threads made for freewheels, and there's still enough room to stuff a BB lock ring on it.

Very, very nice Bianchi you have there. That's a stumper though as to color-matching the thing - one can go either all-Celeste components, or follow the chrome theme with all silver components (Fiz'ik silver bar tape, silver saddle, perhaps light grey tires...)

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