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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)

Popping my single speed cherry.

Old 05-29-07, 10:28 AM
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Popping my single speed cherry.

I just don't have the balls to go fixed, but having spent the last few weeks reading the 700 page picture thread here, I've decided I just NEED to build a simple single speed for cruising around town every once in awhile. I wanted to do it as cheap as possible, but still have a fun project to work on after the kids are in bed. I remembered that my brother had his old Trek 830rotting in his garage, so I figured that would be a good places to start. The frame, BB and cranks all seem to be in fine condition, so I just plan on buying the Nashbar s/s kit, new stem and bars and some new slicks for the tires. I'm not sure what I want to do about forks, whether it be a road fork or a rigid MTB fork. Any suggestions?

The frame will be getting stripped down, cable guides and braze-ons ground off, and repainted before reassembling, probably just a flat black.

I plan on adding to this thread as I go along, so if you have any input...please feel free.

Here's what I'm starting with:
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Old 05-29-07, 10:43 AM
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If it were me, I'd go with a rigid fork and I would also check to see if 700c wheels would fit. I know it's a mountain bike, but there is enough clearance for fat tires that usually you can run a 700.

Riding a fixed gear does not require balls.

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Old 05-29-07, 11:22 AM
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Hmm, don't know if I can fit new wheels in the budget right now, but thanks for the advice.
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Wow, nothing like a post that talks about ripped hymens in the title and gonads in the post itself. It just doesn't get any better than going to read a thread about a new bicycle build and having to think about vaginas and balls.
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Originally Posted by BeerBiker
Riding a fixed gear does not require balls.
Zactly. I don't really know where the whole macho bull**** with fixedgears came from. They're as easy to ride as any other bike. Well, that is until you want to ride brakeless. But that's more ******** than macho. Which is strange, actually, because macho is pretty ******** to begin with. Just ride what you want because you want to, not because there some kind of phony unoffical rule of cool you have to follow. And, no, the irony of that last sentence isn't lost on me.

But I'll stop my *****ing. Sounds like you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do, cierrecart. Stick with what you have, ride it everywhere, save your money until you have a better idea of what you want.
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Originally Posted by BeerBiker
Riding a fixed gear does not require balls.
+1
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Here's a suggestion; do we really need to have the phrase, "POPPED MY _____ CHERRY!"? It's such a completely obnoxious and tawdry thing to say. Or does everything one does for the first time have to have overly blunt sexual overtones?
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Originally Posted by octopus magic
Here's a suggestion; do we really need to have the phrase, "POPPED MY _____ CHERRY!"? It's such a completely obnoxious and tawdry thing to say. Or does everything one does for the first time have to have overly blunt sexual overtones?

This coming from somebody with a southpark image as an avatar?
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Originally Posted by BeerBiker

Riding a fixed gear does not require balls.
+1. Good luck with the build. Although, I would suggest that you try and find a different fork.
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Originally Posted by cierrecart
This coming from somebody with a southpark image as an avatar?
If you are going to continue to be on topic, we will ask you to leave.
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Originally Posted by ms.gio
+1. Good luck with the build. Although, I would suggest that you try and find a different fork.

Oh, for sure.....but I have no idea what the steerer size and setup are. Guess I'll have to find out then find a rigid fork to match.


[quote]If you are going to continue to be on topic, we will ask you to leave.[/qupte]

Huh, you WANT me to get off topic?
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Originally Posted by cierrecart
Huh, you WANT me to get off topic?
In terms of the jab taken at your title, in relationship to said avatar, you were on the money (on topic). I took some artistic license.
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Originally Posted by painthawg
In terms of the jab taken at your title, in relationship to said avatar, you were on the money (on topic). I took some artistic license.

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Fork

Your fork is a 1" threaded fork. I know this b/c this bicycle is from a year where they had the 1" threaded front suspension forks. These forks were designed to bend when ever you hit something at a rather crappy angle in order to save the frame. This was one of the STUPIDEST ideas in the cycling market. I highly suggest going to a rigid fork, which with the 1" threaded steerer tube, you can probably find a decent steel one online for $20-$30. One thing I believe the SS conversion kit will help with, but you need to pay attention to, is your chain line. Otherwise you'll have to worry about the chain coming off, and that's no fun when you're trying to have a fun ride!! :-D

Best of Luck!
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hey cierrecart

just remember that it will hurt at first

but pretty soon it will feel so good

you will wonder how you ever lived without it
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Strip it down!
Definitely get a rigid fork!
Keep the 26" wheels.
However, get some nice slicks. New tires are often the best upgrade on a bicycle imho.

As mentioned before, chain line is everything.
A SS kit will be great for that.

May I suggest using a 1/8" BMX style chain and a bmx cog.
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Originally Posted by octopus magic
Here's a suggestion; do we really need to have the phrase, "POPPED MY _____ CHERRY!"? It's such a completely obnoxious and tawdry thing to say. Or does everything one does for the first time have to have overly blunt sexual overtones?
testicles, vagina, penis, sex! sex sex sex!
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you might need a chain tensioner with those vertical dropouts
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Originally Posted by Jazzy Jeff
you might need a chain tensioner with those vertical dropouts
He said he's getting the Nashbar ss kit, it comes with a tensioner. In fact, I just found you can get a combo deal that comes with the fork...

http://www.nashbar.com/profile_combo.cfm?combo=37653
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Never mind, I just noticed the fork was 1 1/8".

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I rode fixed gear on my Rush Hour for the first time last week and I don't ever plan on switching back to freewheel. Just try it. You'll be surprised at how easy it is. I know I was.
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Originally Posted by nayr497
It just doesn't get any better than going to read a thread about a new bicycle build and having to think about vaginas and balls.
I'm confused. I think using the cherry term is really gross too.
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I was joking, Andypants. I'd really rather not have to think about or read those things in a bike-related forum. We are in agreement, my posting just wasn't clear.
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Originally Posted by disconnec
testicles, vagina, penis, sex! sex sex sex!
Way to completely miss the point, numb nuts.

Do you go around saying "<Moderator removed vulgar portions of this post>." often?

If you do, I think you really need to look at yourself.
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Originally Posted by FixedHippy
Your fork is a 1" threaded fork. I know this b/c this bicycle is from a year where they had the 1" threaded front suspension forks. These forks were designed to bend when ever you hit something at a rather crappy angle in order to save the frame. This was one of the STUPIDEST ideas in the cycling market. I highly suggest going to a rigid fork, which with the 1" threaded steerer tube, you can probably find a decent steel one online for $20-$30. One thing I believe the SS conversion kit will help with, but you need to pay attention to, is your chain line. Otherwise you'll have to worry about the chain coming off, and that's no fun when you're trying to have a fun ride!! :-D

Best of Luck!
Thanks for the input. I took the fork apart last night and confirmed what you said. I was also able to find a really cheap rigid fork on ebay express for $14 shipped that I ordered. It seems to match all the measurements of the original perfectly:





Another question though in regards to cranks and chainwheels. The chainrings on the bike seem to be riveted or welded to each other. Besides that they are ugly as sin. In keeping with the budget aspect of this build, I'd like to swap them for something that looks better. I was thinking of one of these below. From what I can tell I have just a standard square taper BB, so these should all be a direct bolt-on, right? Obviously I'd need a matching chainring, but thats no biggie.






The FMF's are by far the cheapest, but I'm willing to pay a little more if there is marked performance increases.


Thanks again folks.
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