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Old 01-07-19, 09:19 PM
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1970 Mercier model 100 singlespeed conversion with Velomine wheels.
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I threw this together a couple of weeks ago after not having a singlespeed bike since a too-small Kilo TT a few years ago. I never really got along with that bike since it was geared a bit too high, and the bike just didn't fit well.

Currently running a mountain bike crank and a ACS freewheel. It's pretty fun to ride but I'm really considering going to flat bars if I want to do a lot of off-roading with it. It's hard to get any leverage with the drops, I've found.

Also really wanting to get some narrower cranks on this, I'm mostly a roadie and it feels weird being on a road bike frame but having a super wide stance like on a mountain bike. If i'm going to do it on the cheap though, I only have standard road double cranks, so I'll need to get a ~20T freewheel to keep the ratio low enough with a 39T chainring.

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^^^ That’s a nice conversion. Please explain what you mean by “narrower cranks.” I read your post several times, and still can’t figure out what you mean.

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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
^^^ That’s a nice conversion. Please explain what you mean by “narrower cranks.” I read your post several times, and still can’t figure out what you mean.

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Thanks!

Basically the mountain bike crankset I have on there was designed with wide spacing between the pedals in order to accommodate wide chainstays for wide tires on a mountain bike. This measurement is also referred to as "Q-Factor", "Q", or "Tread", as far as I've seen it described.




At the moment, there is close to an inch of clearance between the end of the crank arm and the chainstay, and my legs just feel like they are spaced really far apart.

There are some arguments out there concerning pedaling efficiency that say that the narrower you can get your pedal spacing, the more efficient you are at putting power down, but I just think it feels weird.
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Here's where my bike landed at the end of 2018 - while I'm liking the black vibes I'm starting to lean towards taking it into a more classic / chrome look for 2019.

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Here's where my bike landed at the end of 2018 - while I'm liking the black vibes I'm starting to lean towards taking it into a more classic / chrome look for 2019.

You have a great looking bike! I agree some silver components would definitely class it up!
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You have a great looking bike! I agree some silver components would definitely class it up!
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post

1970 Mercier model 100 singlespeed conversion with Velomine wheels.
That's a beauty
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Snapped a couple towards the end of the day
Buiilt on the cheap, nothin to write home about. But damn they’re fun!
The Kilo TT almost finished:

Tribe Mess:

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That's a beauty
Thanks !
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Snapped a couple towards the end of the day

The Kilo TT almost finished up:


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Very cool!
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Very cool!
Thanks amigo. They’re just about finished. Both are a blast to ride
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I've shown this one before but will post a new pic, so it's in the 2019 thread.



Surly Steamroller fixed gear. Don't even start chirping about NDS pictures. Both sides of a bike are important and deserve to be photographed.

I ride this bike more than any other. There is SO MUCH that I like about it!
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I've shown this one before but will post a new pic, so it's in the 2019 thread.



Surly Steamroller fixed gear. Don't even start chirping about NDS pictures. Both sides of a bike are important and deserve to be photographed.

I ride this bike more than any other. There is SO MUCH that I like about it!
so much cool with your surly. Them hubs
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so much cool with your surly. Them hubs
Thanks! They're pretty good hubs from All City. I like them, but I didn't deliberately pick them for the gold color. I just found a good deal on them, second hand (built up as complete wheels).
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^^ I'm looking at that front brake cable and am very confused.

Somebody help me out.
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Maybe you grab ahold of the cable and pull as hard as you can...
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Maybe you grab ahold of the cable and pull as hard as you can...
Yep, that's it, til I find an appropriate brake lever.
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*for display purposes only

edit: Odyssey Shark Bites...haven't seen those in a while.
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Long time no see, SSFG. Haven't been on this forum in a while!

I purchased this '06 Bob Jackson a few a weeks ago and am currently building it up to a more suitable spec (this photo is from the afternoon I took it home).

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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post

Currently running a mountain bike crank and a ACS freewheel. It's pretty fun to ride but I'm really considering going to flat bars if I want to do a lot of off-roading with it. It's hard to get any leverage with the drops, I've found.

This thing is dope. Get some modern shaped drops that will fit a quill stem like Soma Highway 1's paired with some SRAM levers and leverage won't be an issue.
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It’s already in the mid 20’s C in coastal Georgia, but this is the time of year we get most of our annual rainfall, so the bike is pretty dirty due to my early preparedness for spring and fenderless riding.


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It’s already in the mid 20’s C in coastal Georgia, but this is the time of year we get most of our annual rainfall, so the bike is pretty dirty due to my early preparedness for spring and fenderless riding.


So classy. I'm not usually a fan of cream colored tires but they totally pull the whole thing together here!
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Here's my fixed gear bikes, listed from good weather to very bad. Lately it's been way to crappy to ride the Juvela, but I just took my fixed Schwinn MTB out last night in 4" of fresh snow and and had a great time. Makes a perfect winter bike.


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