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)

What should i do to my bike?

Old 05-23-07, 06:20 PM
  #1  
Eric Hanus
Color Blind
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bloomington Indiana
Posts: 369

Bikes: 1970's Fuji Del Rey

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What should i do to my bike?

hey guys, i built up this fuji to be a fixed gear a couple months ago and now im not sure if i should spend money to get a intro level track bike, like a mercier, or if i should put new rims, and cranks on my bike i already have.

my only plans right now are to add bull horns, and a matching front wheel. Maybe a better brooks saddle.

also, right now i took that brake lever off. I dont really know what to do with the colors other than to keep the rims black, and maybe put some colored cloth tape on the bars


any suggestions?

Eric Hanus is offline  
Old 05-23-07, 06:23 PM
  #2  
luvthemas
(Uploader)
 
luvthemas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: SF, CA
Posts: 253

Bikes: KHS Pursuit, Pink Soma Cross

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Put the lever back on (if you meant you didn't put a different one on in its place) and ride the **** out of it.
luvthemas is offline  
Old 05-23-07, 06:31 PM
  #3  
skinnyland
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: philly
Posts: 994
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Just flip 'em & chop 'em.
Get a cross lever.
And replace that saddle.
skinnyland is offline  
Old 05-23-07, 06:33 PM
  #4  
bonechilling
Run What 'Ya Brung
 
bonechilling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 5,694
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Those old Fujis are solid bikes. I heard from a mechanic
that Fuji Valite tubing is actually just basic Tange, and the
frames should be double-butted. I can't tell on your bike,
but just about every old Fuji I've ever seen came with Nitto
bars and stems, and those "Fuji" brand cracks are actually
Suginos. The frame looks to fit you well, judging from the
seat tube height and the position of the bars. If you bought
an entry level track bike, you'd probably be taking a step
back in terms of actual quality, so unless you actually plan
of getting into track riding, I'd keep the Fuji.

As for aesthetics, I think that's a pretty sharp frame. I'd
put a brake back on, and get some spacers for your cranks
so you can take that big ring off. Should cost about $8.
bonechilling is offline  
Old 05-23-07, 06:36 PM
  #5  
DannyRocks
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ride it into the ****ing ground, replace everything that breaks along the way.
DannyRocks is offline  
Old 05-23-07, 07:04 PM
  #6  
Eric Hanus
Color Blind
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bloomington Indiana
Posts: 369

Bikes: 1970's Fuji Del Rey

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bonechilling
As for aesthetics, I think that's a pretty sharp frame. I'd
put a brake back on, and get some spacers for your cranks
so you can take that big ring off. Should cost about $8.

yeah, ive been meaning to figure that out. How do i go about doing that? ive been lost because the smaller ring is attached to the bigger one.



the bike fits me well, maybe slightly too big. Its a big bike. The bars and stem are Nitto.


if i had more money, put some white deep V's and red tires. hahaa

Last edited by Eric Hanus; 05-23-07 at 07:43 PM.
Eric Hanus is offline  
Old 05-23-07, 10:55 PM
  #7  
andre nickatina
not actually Nickatina
 
andre nickatina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: OR
Posts: 4,447
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
don't buy a track frame and than throw all the road components on there...

i agree with luvthemas and dannyrocks, ride the **** out of that frame until you've squeezed every last ounce of fun out of it, and by than you should have a pretty penny saved up for a new track setup and you can turn the fuji into your winter beater / rain bike.
andre nickatina is offline  
Old 05-23-07, 11:05 PM
  #8  
Suttree
some new kind of kick
 
Suttree's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Smog Valley
Posts: 1,541

Bikes: SOMA Rush, Miyata 912, Kogswell Mod. G, want a porteur bike

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That's a nice old lugged frame--I'd do whatever you like with the bars but keep the
brake and ride that steed. The crank is interesting--the black frame color is easy to
touch up--don't try to make it a track bike--that is a very solid street fix. You can't
buy a lugged frame for the price of a new complete basic fixed gear bike--keep that
in mind. Lugs are cool--
Suttree is offline  
Old 05-23-07, 11:18 PM
  #9  
kyle!
what.
 
kyle!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: SD, CA, USA
Posts: 1,276

Bikes: raleigh rush hour

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i would put money into that. give it a makeover, rattlecan it or powdercoat it. make it rad.
kyle! is offline  
Old 05-23-07, 11:26 PM
  #10  
Falkon
The quieter you become...
 
Falkon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Huntsville, AL
Posts: 1,283

Bikes: 1973 Raleigh Superbe, 2006 Trek 4300 with no original parts, 1984 Ciocc, Custom Keith Anderson

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Actually, that Fuji is quad butted Valite tubing IIRC. My suggestion: Keep drivetrain as is, reinstall brake but this time the brake lever should be higher up on the bars, wrap the bars, and pitch that god awful saddle.
__________________
Originally Posted by TechKnowGN
San Jose has to be the most boring place I've ever been. And I live in Ohio.
Falkon is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 12:01 AM
  #11  
Landgolier
THIS SPACE FOR RENT
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,849
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Eric Hanus
yeah, ive been meaning to figure that out. How do i go about doing that? ive been lost because the smaller ring is attached to the bigger one.

Can't be done, you could use the big ring alone with a bigger cog out back but people have tacoed chainrings this way, not recomended at all.
Landgolier is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 12:40 AM
  #12  
Eric Hanus
Color Blind
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bloomington Indiana
Posts: 369

Bikes: 1970's Fuji Del Rey

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i was going to put new pedals on and keep the clips but those ones arent going anywhere. they are pretty firmly on there with rust and dirt and old age. Any suggestions as to how to get them off? A guy at the ike project said to spray some stuff on it and let it sit over night and repeat.
Eric Hanus is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 02:14 AM
  #13  
marqueemoon
or tarckeemoon, depending
 
marqueemoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: the pesto of cities
Posts: 7,020

Bikes: Davidson Impulse, Merckx Titanium AX, Bruce Gordon Rock & Road, Cross Check custom build, On-One Il Pomino, Shawver Cycles cross, Zion 737, Mercian Vincitore, Brompton S1L, Charge Juicer

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Buy a saddle you like, deal with the chainring thing so you don't slice your leg open, tape the bars, and ride it.
marqueemoon is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 02:56 AM
  #14  
Aldone
Fissato Italiano
 
Aldone's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Torino, Italy
Posts: 300

Bikes: Fixed Gear & Single Speed Only

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
just ride it

if the frame is big forget the bullhorn and put a shorter stem with flat bars
Aldone is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 06:14 AM
  #15  
DannyRocks
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you're not using the big ring, you could cut/grind the teeth off and make it a chainring guard. I've seen pics of that done.
Just a thought.
DannyRocks is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 07:35 AM
  #16  
mihlbach
Senior Member
 
mihlbach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 6,518
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 57 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Eric Hanus
hey guys, i built up this fuji to be a fixed gear a couple months ago and now im not sure if i should spend money to get a intro level track bike, like a mercier, or if i should put new rims, and cranks on my bike i already have.
I wrestled with this same question for a year..constantly considering upgrading my beater or just getting a track bike. I finally went with a totally new track bike, and it was way worth it. I gave up on upgrading the beater and use it now for bad weather or for when I just want to go at a relaxing pace. I ride both of them and enjoy each of them tremedously...its just better to have multiple bikes.
mihlbach is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 07:41 AM
  #17  
dutret
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: GA
Posts: 5,317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
the pedals look fine. The pedals that seem to be popular in this forum are going to suck compared to them.

-new front tire
-get some decent brake levers that will be comfortable to ride on.
-wrap the bars.
-new saddle.
-new seatpost.
-cut the teeth off the chainring if you are bored or get a better crankset.
dutret is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 07:45 AM
  #18  
dutret
Banned
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: GA
Posts: 5,317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mihlbach
I wrestled with this same question for a year..constantly considering upgrading my beater or just getting a track bike. I finally went with a totally new track bike, and it was way worth it. I gave up on upgrading the beater and use it now for bad weather or for when I just want to go at a relaxing pace. I ride both of them and enjoy each of them tremedously...its just better to have multiple bikes.
the are more and better options than beater conversion or track bike though.
dutret is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 09:25 AM
  #19  
andypants
20-Something Desk Jockey
 
andypants's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tallahassee
Posts: 542
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ride it. Now.
andypants is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 09:52 AM
  #20  
DoshKel
RIP Shiznaz.
 
DoshKel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: World
Posts: 2,603

Bikes: 1983 Bianchi Eco Pista

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That bike is the the ****ing bomb! So dope.
DoshKel is offline  
Old 05-24-07, 01:06 PM
  #21  
bottom-bracket
Bike Honky
 
bottom-bracket's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: corvallis, OR
Posts: 422

Bikes: KHS touring thing that's old, French? fixxie, 69 schwinn stingray show bike.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
tape the bars and swap the saddle.

nice ride
bottom-bracket is offline  

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

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