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Where can I find a classic looking single crankset?

Old 10-06-14, 09:31 AM
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Where can I find a classic looking single crankset?

I'm having a really hard time finding a single (or double that I can make a single) crankset that fits the look of a classic bike and doesn't cost $200. All the ones I'm finding are ugly or just wouldn't look right on an old bike. Anyone else have luck looking for the same thing?

Something simple looking like this... but I don't want to spend well over $100. I'm hoping to find something for around $50 or less.
Sugino RD2 Track Crank Set - Kinoko Cycles

I'm trying to find an old used set but not really finding what I want yet. It's going on an old Motobecane Nomade Sprint that I'm building up with an SRAM Automatix coaster hub. It currently has a 53/42 crankset but the 53 is not removable from the crank and 53 is just too big.
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vuelta crankset, http://www.amazon.com/Vuelta-8150021...uelta+crankset

I've been thinking of picking one up but if you want to buy it and be a product tester, feel free to do so.

Don't forget to post your review here before I buy one of these, .
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All kinds of them at Niagara Cycle. Sort on price.
Vuelta Pista Track 3/32" 170mm Silver, 46T Alloy
Pake Track 3/32" 170mm Silver, 46T Crankset
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One can find Stronglight 93s fairly reasonable priced. Also Stronglight TS and TA 3 arms can be also found for a fair price. I have a 175 Sugino Mighty (road) with a 47t ring that I would be willing to sell. Of course all of these are double cranksets if that turns you off.
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Must it have a 1/8" ring?
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terms 'ugly' and 'classic looking' on specific style(s) of cranksets can be interpreted subjectively various ways, i am afraid.
some here in this forum may/might think the other way around?

just sayin'. those cranks above do look good and with nice price tags.
when seeing the words 'classic looking', i would have thought something else.

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I'd go for something like this:

Shun Track Fixie Road Bike CNC Crank Crankset 165mm 46T | eBay
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You can use whatever vintage double crank you like with a shorter spindle or BB. Put an appropriate 1/8 ring on the outside position with single chainring bolts. Just make sure you clear the chainstay.

This Peugeot has a Super Mighty crank with a 48t 1/8 ring.

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Got a Steel GranSport Campagnolo 3 arm and a single 52t Stronglight chainring that fits, in my parts Box.. wave Cash ..


Any more Proper Track 1/8" thick = 144 BCD but 3 /32" is only 1/32nd less .. no need to be too fussy .,

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Nervar 50.4 bcd crank and TA track chainring:



With some judicious sniping and lots of patience, you can get in for around $50.
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my votes on the previous two post


Some of the Gran Sports are reasonable too. Pull the inner and done deal. Samp pic
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Never used it, but FSA Gimondi looked promising when I was looking for one.
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I have Sugino Mighty, Campy Record and T.A. Pro cranks with 3/32" rings that I'm using as singles with 1/8" chains and IG hubs. I didn't pay much for any of them. They all came from Ebay.

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Hey everybody, thanks for the suggestions. I had found the ones on amazon and wasn't in love with them. I like the vintage ones you guys are posting. That's exactly what I'm going for, but finding them is more difficult. I'll keep trolling ebay I guess.

There is a really nice new, but vintage looking set on ebay from taiwan. I'm just hesitant to order things from so far away because I hate waiting a month to get stuff I order.
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The Nervar and the Super Mighty is sweet!
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Looks good, but I don't really want to spend that much.

Just ordered one of these. CNC Alloy Fixie Single Speed Crankset with BB 48 Teeth 170mm | eBay

I actually have a matching his and hers set of motobecanes so the plan is to see if I like it before I buy another one. :-)
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if you find one that has a bunch of road rash, you can deanodize it and then polish it to a mirror finish with a metal file, 3m auto sandpaper, and mother's.
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CNC milled cranks have not had the best reputation; forging makes a much stronger arm.
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Originally Posted by flammenwurfer View Post
Looks good, but I don't really want to spend that much.

Just ordered one of these. CNC Alloy Fixie Single Speed Crankset with BB 48 Teeth 170mm | eBay

I actually have a matching his and hers set of motobecanes so the plan is to see if I like it before I buy another one. :-)
$49 including BB isn't bad. You should post a report once you install and ride it for a while.
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CNC milled cranks have not had the best reputation; forging makes a much stronger arm.
Yeah, I was wondering about that. Apparently what you really want is a crank arm forged to the specific length desired, and then machined appropriately, rather than machined from some larger forging.
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Yeah, I was wondering about that. Apparently what you really want is a crank arm forged to the specific length desired, and then machined appropriately, rather than machined from some larger forging.
Yeah, here is a piece on this, Forging, Casting and CNC Machining

I'd always thought that cold forging was the best. There's a discussion on p. 42 of the 1992 b'stone catalog on this which is pretty good:

http://sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/1992/1992.pdf
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Yeah, I was wondering about that. Apparently what you really want is a crank arm forged to the specific length desired, and then machined appropriately, rather than machined from some larger forging.
Most are not forged at all, but simply machined from billet, thus no real grain structure to the material.
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Billet can have grain structure, especially if it's pulled. Problem with saying it's billet, cnc machined, or forged for that matter, is those terms by themselves are not really definitive descriptions. Chances are though, whatever is cheapest to do within the respective processes is probably what has been done. With no more explanations given, chances are that the CNC Brand forged crank would be strongest, because it has been heat treated, where as the Shun Brand one has not (it just says "CNC machined"). The Shun Brand chainring is described as 6061 Aluminum (technically, it's an aluminum alloy), whereas the CNC Brand chainring is described only as "alloy"; that could be almost anything. So, still sorta a toss up.
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Hmmm...I didn't even think about the way the crankset was made as being an issue. Well, it's already ordered so I guess I'll be the guinea pig.
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Hmmm...I didn't even think about the way the crankset was made as being an issue. Well, it's already ordered so I guess I'll be the guinea pig.
Be careful out there.

http://www.pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-001/000.html#Crank
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