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Old 08-25-10, 07:15 PM
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Is my fixie C & V approved?

Ok, so I know mentioning the word "fixie" in this forum is considered heresy by many, I have to know, is mine C & V approved? If you saw me with it on a street corner, would would my fixie send you into a rage blinded state that would make you attempt to kill me?



I build it with a low-end Raleigh frame, a 1984 Rapide, and it was kind of a budget build from there, I have something like $150 total into it.



I used eBay wheels, some really heavy Veuelta wheelset, but I got it for $100 shipped. I also bought Nashbar TT bars and brake levers for $35 shipped. I had everything else in my crap-parts-box except the chain- which I procured cheaply at my LBS.



Prior to this build I had this unexplained love of centerpull brakes, it must have been how they look or somthing... I HATE them now, they are so difficult to set up, and they don't stop all that well. I have two Schwinn approved brakes, one Dia-Compe, and one Weinman (I think) they are almost the same, so nobody will notice the diffference.



So, what do you guys think, am I a dead man?
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Old 08-25-10, 07:26 PM
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Fix the bars..
And the tape..
And the stem..
And the wheels..
And the saddle..

Otherwise, perfect!
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Aside from the fact that I don't like bullhorn handlebars, and the frame looks too small for you, I like it. It's a good looking frame! Low end frames like this are perfect for this application.
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Old 08-25-10, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by LordBass View Post
Fix the bars..
And the tape..
And the stem..
And the wheels..
And the saddle..

Otherwise, perfect!
The tape was a $ saving measure too, I had two different kinds of tape, but not enough to do either side of the bars, so I combined them, it is the colors of my high school too, so I'll let it slide...

Diego, I agree that it's too small for me, I am on the lookout for larger frames. I am not a big fan of bullhorns either, but since I was building a fixie... I can't tell its low end while I'm riding it though.
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Old 08-25-10, 07:56 PM
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Until you replace that welded monstrosity that's stuck into the steerer tube with something shiny and forged, you'd better watch your back.
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Old 08-25-10, 08:30 PM
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Needs more chrome.
Just kidding.
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Looks fine; needs a leather saddle though.
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Does it even matter? Is the approval of the curmudgeons really that important? Or are you a secret troll?

Not exactly treading new ground:



other than learning the fine art of setting up centerpulls.
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A budget build is always a good build.

If I might suggest so, it might look better with the Vuelta decals peeled off; the stickerless look would suit the black anodized bar and stem.

-Kurt

P.S.: Never mind the curmudgeons. It's a Rapide, it isn't Drewed, and what's more, you have a clamp-on bottle cage and dual centerpull brakes. Ride on!
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i have those wheels on my bianchi, but with gears...

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As long as you don't put a wicker basket on it, I'm good!
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
A budget build is always a good build.

If I might suggest so, it might look better with the Vuelta decals peeled off; the stickerless look would suit the black anodized bar and stem.

-Kurt

P.S.: Never mind the curmudgeons. It's a Rapide, it isn't Drewed, and what's more, you have a clamp-on bottle cage and dual centerpull brakes. Ride on!
Always looking on the bright side, this one is.
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Old 08-25-10, 10:04 PM
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Even though it looks a bit hobbled together it's the fact that you built it and did it cheap that makes it cool. I just built a single speed for less than $60 bucks just recently.
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Old 08-26-10, 01:20 AM
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Originally Posted by sykerocker View Post
other than learning the fine art of setting up centerpulls.
The fine art of centerpulls? You mean using Mafacs?
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Old 08-26-10, 01:28 AM
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I don't understand what makes center pull brakes harder to set up? I use a third hand tool and it's just as easy for me as with side pull brakes.
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I don't know what it was about them, It might have been me, and that I was used to sidepulls, but I'm not going to be using them again.

I think I am going to peel off the wheel stickers... Good idea Kurt.

Motopecane, how did you build a complete fixie for $60?
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Nothing amputated, you're using two brakes - and they CAN be set up to work well (See Sheldon Brown's site), a budget build that means this old frame's being ridden, not rusting away in a rubbish skip. You're fine with me!

Someone else can always rebuild it to original spec in future if they want, after all. IMHO everyone should have one fixie in their fleet, so they can form opinions based on personal experience - that wasn't meant to sound as harsh as it reads. No Kittens Killed!
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Originally Posted by Oldpeddaller View Post
Nothing amputated, you're using two brakes - and they CAN be set up to work well (See Sheldon Brown's site), a budget build that means this old frame's being ridden, not rusting away in a rubbish skip. You're fine with me!

Someone else can always rebuild it to original spec in future if they want, after all. IMHO everyone should have one fixie in their fleet, so they can form opinions based on personal experience - that wasn't meant to sound as harsh as it reads. No Kittens Killed!
dittos....anything being "used" instead of being "tossed" is better................stem needs to go for sure though......it's the biggest thing on the bike......"4 of ugly metal bar......detracts from the elegant lines of your stylish Raleigh frame...
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here's mine....

a rare and exotic ;~)) Vista Carrera7 rolling fixed w/front and rear Weinmann centerpulls
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I do not do bullhorn handlebars or single speed bikes of any kind (either fixed or freewheeling), but my only gripe is with people who throw away vintage parts or grind off derailleur hangers when doing conversions. I also object to brakeless fixies or single-brake freewheel bikes being used on the road with other traffic. You have violated none of my principles, and the bike actually looks pretty nice.
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It'd look better with the bosses drewed off, a beer label in the spokes, and some fake De Rosa decals!
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Originally Posted by theschwinnman View Post
Ok, so I know mentioning the word "fixie" in this forum is considered heresy by many, I have to know, is mine C & V approved? If you saw me with it on a street corner, would would my fixie send you into a rage blinded state that would make you attempt to kill me?



I build it with a low-end Raleigh frame, a 1984 Rapide, and it was kind of a budget build from there, I have something like $150 total into it.



I used eBay wheels, some really heavy Veuelta wheelset, but I got it for $100 shipped. I also bought Nashbar TT bars and brake levers for $35 shipped. I had everything else in my crap-parts-box except the chain- which I procured cheaply at my LBS.



Prior to this build I had this unexplained love of centerpull brakes, it must have been how they look or somthing... I HATE them now, they are so difficult to set up, and they don't stop all that well. I have two Schwinn approved brakes, one Dia-Compe, and one Weinman (I think) they are almost the same, so nobody will notice the diffference.



So, what do you guys think, am I a dead man?
I go into homicidal rages over so many things it's hard to keep track of what triggers them. In this case, your bike probably wouldn't do it..but your shoes...those shoes...they remind me of my father...my father...oh...MY FATHER!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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Old 08-26-10, 07:35 AM
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I find centerpulls easier to set-up than sidepulls or cantis. YMMV.

Sell it to fund a bike your size!
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looks fine to me, but I am a bit of an iconoclast anyway, here is the ultra cheap fixed gear I frankened up for my son, yours is pretty tame.
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I don't understand what makes center pull brakes harder to set up?
The learning process - for some people.

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