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)

Show Off Your Townies

Old 05-31-18, 12:19 PM
  #1551  
ggpepper
Senior Member
 
ggpepper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: ATX
Posts: 103

Bikes: Trek, Traitor, Marin, Nashbar

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
" Very soft and tacky, yet they don't seem to get dirty."
Yea, they get real 'tacky' during our Austin summers. At least my sweaty old hands don't slip around too much.
I really admire all your bikes, very stylish and simple.
ggpepper is offline  
Old 05-31-18, 04:56 PM
  #1552  
TejanoTrackie 
Veteran Racer
 
TejanoTrackie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ciudad de Vacas, Tejas
Posts: 11,147

Bikes: 29 frames + 72 wheels

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 672 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts

Windsor Clockwork townie
__________________
What, Me Worry? - Alfred E. Neuman

Originally Posted by Dcv View Post
I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.
I see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel keeps getting longer - me
TejanoTrackie is offline  
Old 05-31-18, 08:59 PM
  #1553  
TimothyH
- Soli Deo Gloria -
 
TimothyH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Georgia
Posts: 14,779

Bikes: 2018 Rodriguez Custom Fixed Gear, 2017 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2015 Bianchi Pista, 2002 Fuji Robaix

Mentioned: 232 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6814 Post(s)
Liked 634 Times in 403 Posts
^^

What type of grass is that?

It's not Bermuda. They don't use Bermuda in Texas?

Get rid of that clover and it would be 10/10.
TimothyH is offline  
Old 06-01-18, 05:31 AM
  #1554  
TejanoTrackie 
Veteran Racer
 
TejanoTrackie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ciudad de Vacas, Tejas
Posts: 11,147

Bikes: 29 frames + 72 wheels

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 672 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
^^

What type of grass is that?

It's not Bermuda. They don't use Bermuda in Texas?

Get rid of that clover and it would be 10/10.
Itís a mix of St. Augustine and Fescue. As to the clover, I think it adds character, so no. Frankly, I just water and mow my grass, and am simply grateful to have something green and soft in my back yard.
__________________
What, Me Worry? - Alfred E. Neuman

Originally Posted by Dcv View Post
I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.
I see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel keeps getting longer - me
TejanoTrackie is offline  
Old 06-01-18, 06:35 AM
  #1555  
SquidPuppet
Calamari Marionette Ph.D
 
SquidPuppet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 7,881

Bikes: 3 Chinese Gas Pipe Nerdcycles and 2 Chicago Electroforged Boat Anchors

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2346 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
TT, that bell is huge, hilarious, and cool.
SquidPuppet is offline  
Old 06-01-18, 08:09 AM
  #1556  
phobus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: South FL
Posts: 294
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 137 Post(s)
Liked 23 Times in 14 Posts
Originally Posted by coffinjewel View Post
Thanks ^_^ yeah I really loved it too. The panniers, bell, and now very bent fenders all made it onto it's replacment. I can't show that in this thread bc it has too many gears. the basket that I managed to straighten out (wald makes some durable stuff!) Will go on a very rusty Eaton Glider I have sitting around once I'm ready to build it.
Well, there is a geared bikes thread... just sayin'.
phobus is offline  
Old 06-01-18, 10:23 AM
  #1557  
coffinjewel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Ontario
Posts: 124

Bikes: Wheeler custom fixed gear

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
Originally Posted by phobus View Post
Well, there is a geared bikes thread... just sayin'.
It's in there just without panniers on it, it's not pretty yet though I'm trying not to go too nuts with upgraditis yet.

Ps. I like everyones style in these last few posts Wald baskets and upright bars are most deffinetly the cat's pajamas.
coffinjewel is offline  
Old 06-01-18, 04:47 PM
  #1558  
SquidPuppet
Calamari Marionette Ph.D
 
SquidPuppet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 7,881

Bikes: 3 Chinese Gas Pipe Nerdcycles and 2 Chicago Electroforged Boat Anchors

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2346 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
SquidPuppet is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 08:29 AM
  #1559  
TimothyH
- Soli Deo Gloria -
 
TimothyH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Georgia
Posts: 14,779

Bikes: 2018 Rodriguez Custom Fixed Gear, 2017 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2015 Bianchi Pista, 2002 Fuji Robaix

Mentioned: 232 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6814 Post(s)
Liked 634 Times in 403 Posts
Been looking at this thread on and off and it has helped me realize how much I really need a townie - three speed with basket.

I live 0.7 mile from the stores/bank/post office/hair cut/UPS and sometimes walk. It would be nice to pedal without needing special shoes, etc.
TimothyH is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 12:35 PM
  #1560  
SquidPuppet
Calamari Marionette Ph.D
 
SquidPuppet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 7,881

Bikes: 3 Chinese Gas Pipe Nerdcycles and 2 Chicago Electroforged Boat Anchors

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2346 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Been looking at this thread on and off and it has helped me realize how much I really need a townie - three speed with basket.

I live 0.7 mile from the stores/bank/post office/hair cut/UPS and sometimes walk. It would be nice to pedal without needing special shoes, etc.
If you really want comfy, get an older bike with slack geometry. It works better when sitting upright. Since you are mechanically talented and have the tools, it would be really easy for you to build a total custom. You already have a good powder shop available. I think you'd enjoy the restoration process. It's fun and satisfying. Start with a $75.00 beater from craigslist and have at it. Remove braze-ons, or add some, tweak this and mod that. Powder the basket to match, or a nice accent color. Shopping would be really fun because it's a whole different world for you to explore. Bosco or north road or promenade bars? Or maybe Scout bars? Lots of beautiful and elegant components to help you create the look you want. Quill stems, rims with eyelets, funky grips and brake levers.

Riding Townies is like grabbing a quiet coffee with your oldest friend vs a loud rapid heart rate carbon fiber discotheque. Both are cool, but it's nice to go slow sometimes.

The C&V forum has thread dedicated to English 3-speeds and it's very active.
SquidPuppet is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 06:36 PM
  #1561  
TimothyH
- Soli Deo Gloria -
 
TimothyH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Georgia
Posts: 14,779

Bikes: 2018 Rodriguez Custom Fixed Gear, 2017 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2015 Bianchi Pista, 2002 Fuji Robaix

Mentioned: 232 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6814 Post(s)
Liked 634 Times in 403 Posts
It doesn't even have to be a vintage looking thing or some amazingly beautiful design. Of course I want it to be nice but it just has to be something I could ride to get a loaf of bread or run to the post office.

Not really sure to where to start actually and will probably look at the C&V forum. Thanks for the encouragement.
TimothyH is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 07:06 PM
  #1562  
phobus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: South FL
Posts: 294
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 137 Post(s)
Liked 23 Times in 14 Posts
I suggest you start looking around your local CL, offerup, and facebook marketplace. Early this year I picked up a 1990 Fuji hybrid for $50 for basically the same purpose. It was everything I could want - lugged chromoly frame, horizontal dropouts, 700c wheels, canti brakes, plenty of room for tires and fenders. Of course, for $50, it was also tired and rusty.

I threw a few parts at it, and it's good enough to follow the kids around the neighborhood or take the dog out for a run around the block. But it still looks like a rusty basketcase, which is why I haven't posted it in here yet.

Anyway, for inspiration, you might like Rivendell's staff bike pages (no, really). There's a lot of neat townie builds there with a combination of functional elegance, willingness to mix new and vintage parts, and occasional bit of whimsy that appeals to me.
phobus is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 08:32 PM
  #1563  
Gresp15C
Senior Member
 
Gresp15C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2,705
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 667 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 56 Posts
Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
It doesn't even have to be a vintage looking thing or some amazingly beautiful design. Of course I want it to be nice but it just has to be something I could ride to get a loaf of bread or run to the post office.

Not really sure to where to start actually and will probably look at the C&V forum. Thanks for the encouragement.
Indeed, both of my kids have gotten into riding funky old bikes, and have chosen aesthetics that I would never choose for myself, but it's fun to see them develop their own personal tastes.

I'm just there to provide tools, advice if requested, and to make sure it's safe.
Gresp15C is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 08:33 PM
  #1564  
AlmostTrick
Tortoise Wins by a Hare!
 
AlmostTrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Looney Tunes, IL
Posts: 6,547

Bikes: Wabi Special FG, Raleigh Roper, Nashbar AL-1, Miyata One Hundred, '68 Schwinn Orange Krate, and More!!

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1119 Post(s)
Liked 153 Times in 94 Posts
Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Been looking at this thread on and off and it has helped me realize how much I really need a townie - three speed with basket.

I live 0.7 mile from the stores/bank/post office/hair cut/UPS and sometimes walk. It would be nice to pedal without needing special shoes, etc.
This Ted Williams Free Spirit 3 speed was found in the trash last year. All I did was give it a complete once over. It is VERY clean and rides nice! It even came with what appears to be custom made saddle bags.


AlmostTrick is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 08:36 PM
  #1565  
TimothyH
- Soli Deo Gloria -
 
TimothyH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Georgia
Posts: 14,779

Bikes: 2018 Rodriguez Custom Fixed Gear, 2017 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2015 Bianchi Pista, 2002 Fuji Robaix

Mentioned: 232 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6814 Post(s)
Liked 634 Times in 403 Posts
What is likely to happen is that I'll start with the idea to get a used townie off Craigslist and somehow, when it is all done, it will be a 2019 Argon 18 Gallium Pro with Campy Super Record EPS and Bora wheels.


-Tim-
TimothyH is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 08:36 PM
  #1566  
Gresp15C
Senior Member
 
Gresp15C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2,705
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 667 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 56 Posts
Originally Posted by phobus View Post
But it still looks like a rusty basketcase, which is why I haven't posted it in here yet.
Hey, you're among friends. And it's always interesting to see how folks approach (re)constructing a bike. One of the things I like about the SSFG "subculture" is that there's a lot of tolerance and mutual encouragement for different levels of gear and physical ability.
Gresp15C is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 08:37 PM
  #1567  
Gresp15C
Senior Member
 
Gresp15C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2,705
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 667 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 56 Posts
Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
What is likely to happen is that I'll start with the idea to get a used townie off Craigslist and somehow, when it is all done, it will be a 2019 Argon 18 Gallium Pro with Campy Super Record EPS and Bora wheels.
"The thrill is in the pursuit."
Gresp15C is offline  
Old 07-03-18, 09:03 PM
  #1568  
phobus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: South FL
Posts: 294
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 137 Post(s)
Liked 23 Times in 14 Posts
Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
What is likely to happen is that I'll start with the idea to get a used townie off Craigslist and somehow, when it is all done, it will be a 2019 Argon 18 Gallium Pro with Campy Super Record EPS and Bora wheels.
... but with a basket!
phobus is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 09:24 AM
  #1569  
phobus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: South FL
Posts: 294
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 137 Post(s)
Liked 23 Times in 14 Posts
Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
Hey, you're among friends. And it's always interesting to see how folks approach (re)constructing a bike. One of the things I like about the SSFG "subculture" is that there's a lot of tolerance and mutual encouragement for different levels of gear and physical ability.
Since you asked, here's a picture from this morning's trip around the neighborhood with the dogs:



It's a 1990 Fuji Del Rey CX. All I've really done to it is convert to SS to replace the worn-out rusty original drivetrain, and swap out the pedals, handlebar, and saddle. I also added a bell, of course.
phobus is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 09:57 AM
  #1570  
Gresp15C
Senior Member
 
Gresp15C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2,705
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 667 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 56 Posts
Originally Posted by phobus View Post
Since you asked, here's a picture from this morning's trip around the neighborhood with the dogs:

...

It's a 1990 Fuji Del Rey CX. All I've really done to it is convert to SS to replace the worn-out rusty original drivetrain, and swap out the pedals, handlebar, and saddle. I also added a bell, of course.
Nice! Check out Show Off Your Townies, post 1529, you'll see that we're kindred spirits.
Gresp15C is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 10:27 AM
  #1571  
SquidPuppet
Calamari Marionette Ph.D
 
SquidPuppet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 7,881

Bikes: 3 Chinese Gas Pipe Nerdcycles and 2 Chicago Electroforged Boat Anchors

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2346 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by phobus View Post
.

Anyway, for inspiration, you might like Rivendell's staff bike pages (no, really). There's a lot of neat townie builds there with a combination of functional elegance, willingness to mix new and vintage parts, and occasional bit of whimsy that appeals to me.
+1

@TimothyH I agree with Phobus. You strike me as the type of guy that would appreciate the Rivendell style of bike.

Tell me this aint puuuurty.


SquidPuppet is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 11:04 AM
  #1572  
Gresp15C
Senior Member
 
Gresp15C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 2,705
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 667 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 56 Posts
Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
+1

@TimothyH I agree with Phobus. You strike me as the type of guy that would appreciate the Rivendell style of bike.

Tell me this aint puuuurty.
Vertical dropouts. Next.
Gresp15C is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 12:04 PM
  #1573  
SquidPuppet
Calamari Marionette Ph.D
 
SquidPuppet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 7,881

Bikes: 3 Chinese Gas Pipe Nerdcycles and 2 Chicago Electroforged Boat Anchors

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2346 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
This Ted Williams Free Spirit 3 speed was found in the trash last year. All I did was give it a complete once over. It is VERY clean and rides nice! It even came with what appears to be custom made saddle bags.

Oh my, that's lovely.
SquidPuppet is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 01:06 PM
  #1574  
TimothyH
- Soli Deo Gloria -
 
TimothyH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Georgia
Posts: 14,779

Bikes: 2018 Rodriguez Custom Fixed Gear, 2017 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2015 Bianchi Pista, 2002 Fuji Robaix

Mentioned: 232 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6814 Post(s)
Liked 634 Times in 403 Posts
@AlmostTrick, that Free Spirit is nice. I'll give you a hundred bucks for it.

Rivendell is great and all and really pretty but that Grant guy. I don't know.

I'll probably start with something like this... https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/b...631054010.html

This one is too big but has my eye... https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/b...605067976.html


-Tim-

Last edited by TimothyH; 07-04-18 at 01:09 PM.
TimothyH is offline  
Old 07-04-18, 02:23 PM
  #1575  
SquidPuppet
Calamari Marionette Ph.D
 
SquidPuppet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 7,881

Bikes: 3 Chinese Gas Pipe Nerdcycles and 2 Chicago Electroforged Boat Anchors

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2346 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
[MENTION=48405].

I'll probably start with something like this... https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/b...631054010.html
Something to consider about sizing. Generally, for an upright riding position you will want a bigger frame than your drop bar bike. Especially top tube length, because of the swept back handlebar. Find a way to experiment with your current bikes or see if you can borrow someones townie or hybrid to get an idea. You can try to fix that with a long stem or forward position mustache bars, but then you are bending forward and defeating the upright riding position. My recommendation would be to get the biggest frame that your inseam will allow. Quill stems go up and down quickly and easily and swept back bars can be trimmed to give you a custom fit.

The Schwinn in the add is not one of the two models he suggests it may be. It's an electrogorged Speedster. Be aware that Schwinn used some oddball proprietary sizing for headsets, stems, seat posts, rims and hubs. That said, I'd be happy to help source NEW, high quality replacements. Either vintage style or modern style if you prefer, at very reasonable prices. The Speedster is a perfect candidate for a 650b conversion due to it's geometry and stock wheel size. Plenty of fantastic tires out there for 650b too. It would need cold setting of the rear triangle and forks to accommodate a change in hubs. The fork ends would need to be opened up a little as well to accommodate a 9mm or 3/8" axle. All of that is super easy if you wanna go for it. I've done it.

Coincidentally, the 1977 red Speedster in the add is exactly what I started with to make my brown bike.

Started with this...







After some cutting and grinding and a few dings on my wallet, I ride this...



SquidPuppet is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.