Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
Reload this Page >

Walmart Road Bike Conversion

Notices
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

Walmart Road Bike Conversion

Old 07-16-16, 02:13 PM
  #1  
Maybelater
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Walmart Road Bike Conversion

I'm building a low budget bike for my son and always wondered if the Walmart aluminum bike frames are decent. I found this road bike for $75.00 and was pleasantly surprised by the welds and overall quality of the frame. The steel forks are a little heavy but I hope to keep this build under 21 lbs. The origional crank set and handlebars are steel so the project is on hold until I find alloy replacements. He wanted a orange bike but I found some VHT burnt copper engine enamel that both of us like. I estimate the completed cost at around $120.00 so this is a cheap way to go for a commuter bike. Gallery link...

https://neuro.smugmug.com/Walmart-Ro...sion/i-ctpkZNf
Maybelater is offline  
Old 07-16-16, 02:45 PM
  #2  
JeremyLC
Senior Member
 
JeremyLC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Arlington, TX
Posts: 1,414

Bikes: 2008 Surly Cross Check, 2010 Fuji Track Comp

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 255 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
But... Wal-Mart sells a complete fixed gear bike about that much money anyway...

Your conversion looks nice, though.
JeremyLC is offline  
Old 07-16-16, 03:22 PM
  #3  
Maybelater
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by JeremyLC View Post
But... Wal-Mart sells a complete fixed gear bike about that much money anyway...

Your conversion looks nice, though.
Good point and thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately I'm north of the border and selection is limited at Walmart Canada. Locally I would have to pay close to $500.00 for a Pure Fix single speed. Here's a search for men's bikes in the great white north...

https://www.walmart.ca/search/mens%20bikes
Maybelater is offline  
Old 07-16-16, 07:54 PM
  #4  
applesoggy
Senior Member
 
applesoggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Tustin, California
Posts: 50

Bikes: Bianchi Pista Via Condotti, IRO Angus. Blue Turbo

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That color is rad
applesoggy is offline  
Old 07-16-16, 09:02 PM
  #5  
the sci guy 
bill nyecycles
 
the sci guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 3,309
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 768 Post(s)
Liked 325 Times in 180 Posts
Does it run on hopes and dreams because I don't see any pedals
__________________
Twitter@theSurlyBiker
Instagram@theSurlyBiker

Last edited by the sci guy; 07-16-16 at 10:07 PM.
the sci guy is offline  
Old 07-16-16, 10:01 PM
  #6  
Scrodzilla
Your cog is slipping.
 
Scrodzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 26,054
Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 640 Post(s)
Liked 99 Times in 57 Posts
Originally Posted by Maybelater View Post
Good point and thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately I'm north of the border and selection is limited at Walmart Canada. Locally I would have to pay close to $500.00 for a Pure Fix single speed. Here's a search for men's bikes in the great white north...

https://www.walmart.ca/search/mens%20bikes
And here's a search for "fixie":

https://www.walmart.ca/search/fixie
Scrodzilla is offline  
Old 07-16-16, 11:16 PM
  #7  
TenSpeedV2
Senior Member
 
TenSpeedV2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 4,347

Bikes: Felt TK2, Felt Z5

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 943 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 19 Times in 19 Posts
That color is really nice. Curious to see how this turns out, final weight, and price.
TenSpeedV2 is offline  
Old 07-19-16, 08:12 PM
  #8  
street_sweeper
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: VA -> IN
Posts: 281

Bikes: ones with two wheels

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Curious as well to how heavy it ends up being.
street_sweeper is offline  
Old 07-20-16, 08:11 PM
  #9  
Logan_Wright
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 36
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
And here's a search for "fixie":

https://www.walmart.ca/search/fixie
I clicked that link for the Kent and it says "Perfect for the rider who wants the experience of a road bike but handling of a computer bike."

I would love to feel the handling of a "computer" bike.
Logan_Wright is offline  
Old 07-20-16, 08:40 PM
  #10  
veganbikes
Clark W. Griswold
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: ,location, location
Posts: 10,238

Bikes: Foundry Chilkoot Ti W/Ultegra Di2, Salsa Timberjack Ti, Cinelli Mash Work RandoCross Fun Time Machine, 1x9 XT Parts Hybrid, Co-Motion Cascadia, Specialized Langster, Phil Wood Apple VeloXS Frame (w/DA 7400), R+M Supercharger2 Rohloff, Habanero Ti 26

Mentioned: 42 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2995 Post(s)
Liked 2,220 Times in 1,467 Posts
Originally Posted by Logan_Wright View Post
I clicked that link for the Kent and it says "Perfect for the rider who wants the experience of a road bike but handling of a computer bike."

I would love to feel the handling of a "computer" bike.
Trust me, you don't!!!! If you are buying a Kent you are looking for the fine ride of scrap iron with the quality of a fine wine made in a porta-potty all for what seems like a super cheap price (I guess they sell them per pound?)
veganbikes is offline  
Old 07-21-16, 08:46 AM
  #11  
Ratzinger
Buddy
 
Ratzinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 684

Bikes: 80s Gardin. Green fixed-gear. POS mountain bike.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Logan_Wright View Post
I clicked that link for the Kent and it says "Perfect for the rider who wants the experience of a road bike but handling of a computer bike."

I would love to feel the handling of a "computer" bike.
You've never ridden a computer bike?

lol newb

But on a seriously note, they're the bikes in TRON.
Ratzinger is offline  
Old 08-08-16, 12:01 PM
  #12  
Maybelater
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I recieved the alloy crank set I ordered and the bike is now complete. The final weight is 21 lbs. with a alloy kick stand. The M wave 44 tooth crank set is good quality for the money and is made in Italy. Amazon has the crank set listed for $16.74 USD. Here's a breakdown of the bike and replacement parts...

Bike- 75.00
Handlebars- 20.00
Paint- 18.00
Grips- 5.00
Crank Set- 21.00
Total- $139.00

The bike feels quick and has a final ratio of 74 gear inches. I'm in Canada where we pay more and get less so a decent bike for 140 bucks is a good deal. Updated picture gallery here...

https://neuro.smugmug.com/Walmart-Road-Bike-Conversion/
Maybelater is offline  
Old 08-08-16, 02:11 PM
  #13  
Cute Boy Horse
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 629
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 224 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 12 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by Logan_Wright View Post
I clicked that link for the Kent and it says "Perfect for the rider who wants the experience of a road bike but handling of a computer bike."

I would love to feel the handling of a "computer" bike.
Cute Boy Horse is offline  
Old 08-08-16, 02:21 PM
  #14  
wphamilton
Senior Member
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 15,280

Bikes: Nashbar Road

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2933 Post(s)
Liked 339 Times in 226 Posts
How will you keep the chain tight? It looks like you've got the wheel pulled back all the way already and the chain is still slack?
wphamilton is offline  
Old 08-08-16, 02:39 PM
  #15  
Maybelater
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Good catch! I was trying both the 16 and 18 tooth gears on the original freewheel and settled on the 16 tooth. The chain has been shortened accordingly.
Maybelater is offline  
Old 08-08-16, 02:44 PM
  #16  
seau grateau
Senior Member
 
seau grateau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: PHL
Posts: 9,948

Bikes: Litespeed Catalyst, IRO Rob Roy, All City Big Block

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1332 Post(s)
Liked 391 Times in 188 Posts
Definitely looks a lot better than how it started.
seau grateau is offline  
Old 08-08-16, 03:49 PM
  #17  
johnnytheboy
Senior Member
 
johnnytheboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: BANNED.
Posts: 3,899
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 443 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 12 Times in 7 Posts
i'm impressed.
johnnytheboy is offline  
Old 08-08-16, 05:02 PM
  #18  
Maybelater
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks Johnny! I'm happy with the finished bike but have to be very careful with the paint finish. The base color was clear coated but there's no hardener in spray can paint so it's easily scratched.
Maybelater is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
dlittle
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
9
12-07-18 01:54 PM
Cranky Crank
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
15
04-16-13 08:49 PM
bfloyd6969
Road Cycling
13
04-22-12 10:05 AM
Briareos
Road Cycling
0
09-22-10 11:18 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.