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What did you spend on your fixie conversion

Old 12-01-07, 07:23 AM
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What did you spend on your fixie conversion

I'm just curious about the cost side of the fixie phenomenon. If you want to post specifics about your conversion that would be neat too Anything from "I poured superglue into my freewheel" to "I had my team forge a new gear", I expect

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Old 12-01-07, 07:29 AM
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My fixie conversion is an evolving process...I have no idea how much I spent on it in the initial conversion, but if you add up the total cost over the last three years its way over $300 and its still a piece of crap. Most of the $ went into custom wheels that I built myself that I will be using long after the rest of my conversion is in a landfill. If you want to know how much it should cost to do a conversion on a basic 80's steel junk frame, I would advise anyone not to even bother unless it could be done for less than $100. By all means spend more if you have a really really awesome frame, but you are still better off going with a cheap complete, like the Kilo TT.

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Old 12-01-07, 08:15 AM
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Hub - $35; Spokes $40-something; Cog - $20.
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i wanted a bike that will last me a long time (I used my ****ty mtb for like 5 years, including a semester in france where it was my only means of transportation) so I invested in semi-good parts (not cheapest conversion, but I'm in college and most def on a budget... although I justify a lot on bikes considering the amount of time I spend on it). Also, I'm 6'4, so the fact that I was able to find a vintage frame that fit me as well as the one I have does is pretty great (my dad saved his road bike from college)
wheel+hub+sprockets etc = $160
crankset = $80
new bb = $40 (had lbs install this)
new (used) front wheel = $15
set of tires = $35
new tubes = $10
chain = $15
clipless carbon pedals/clipless carbon-soled shoes = free (friend works at a bike shop and got these promoed to him and he prefers traps/straps)
seat = free (friend had an extra one)
seatpost headset (the seatpost was OK but the headset sucked) = $2
tape = $15


total was in the range of $400. A little on the pricey side, but I basically had to throw out everything on the bike (the headset and fork were ok). I repainted the frame, mostly to help prevent rusting, did a ton of sanding and filing (removed extraneous medal for rear brakes etc) chopped and flopped the bars (my knees kept bumping the drops, long legs can definitely be a hindrance). I love my ride.
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My bike shop quoted me $60 for spacers and a new cog and to loctite it on.
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Most of us have spent over $300, why did you make your choices so limited?

Original complete bike: free
Mavic/Formula wheelset: $165
Tubes and tires: I'll just say $50 but like any bike I've had to replace tubes and tires over time
Clips and straps: $15
Bullhorns and brake levers (part trade and part buy): ~$15
Bar wrap: free from Profile Design
Saddle: $15
You could also put in the labor of having my wheels trued and having my BB spindle flipped: $50
New brake caliper: $25
New pads? $5

So probably if I nickle and dime every item then I'm around $400...not including things like tools lights, fenders, locks, messenger bags, etc.
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Originally Posted by blickblocks View Post
Most of us have spent over $300, why did you make your choices so limited?
Because I didn't know that

I was really thinking about the rear wheel bits, just the parts that made it technically a fixie, including labor, but it is still interesting to read for me.
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Old 12-01-07, 11:51 AM
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I paid 100 for the frame...but rode it for a year with gears...so I dont count that.

Wheels - $140
Cog and Lockring - $25
Tires, tubes, rimtape - $50

Total - $215

Though I am putting all the parts stripped off the frame onto another bike to flip. So I ill get some of the money back hopefully.
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Old 12-01-07, 12:23 PM
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What you want to do with it dictates how much it will cost..

I bought a 70's bike for $15, and I originally thought I was going to make a beater, but once I stripped everything off and filed off the brazeons, I realized the frame was beautiful (the thin tubes of hi-ten steel + simple lugwork still excites me) so I got it powercoated and the lugs outlined. So now I'm down $135. I was pretty much forced to get a new wheelset because the old one was trashed and I didn't want to use a suicide hub, so add $150 to that. Now I've got a legit bike, so why use the steel crankset on the original? +$75, and a $30 cog, $5 lockring. $16 chain, I love Selle Italia SLR saddles, so I bought one off a bud for $40. +$30 seatpost so I didn't have to use the original.. $20 for brake levers to be safe, and I still had to do the tires. I had good experiences with Vredesteins and I loved how I could match the sidewalls to my bar tape, so +$50 for tires and +$15 for tape. Well, it didn't quite look right with my Time ATAC mountain pedals, so I got black eggbeaters to match everything.. +$50. Add about $75 for random tools and labor...

And, that all adds up to about $700, and though the bike was beautiful and quiet and all, it still wasn't as light or solid as a $500 IRO or something. So for me, one thing lead to another and then to another, and what could have been a $200 conversion ended up being $700.
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Old 12-01-07, 12:37 PM
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Way much...but the process wasn't so much conversion as building from the ground up. First one in the sig.
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mine has cost a ton but I decided to buy some nicer components now and eventually upgrade the frame etc. well worth it IMO.
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$75 for a hub, labor to build the wheel, and a half link bmx chain and a dura-ace cog for my most recent. $305 for the one before that got a new wheelset....
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My first conversion was a $10 find dressed up with parts bin components and a suicide hub, 30 bucks total. My current one has about $170 in it, of which $150 is accounted for by the wheels. I love scrapping stuff together for (close to)nothing.
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$130-160 which was several years ago and if I recall right was about the cost of a new rear Mavic wheel with fixed Surly hub, cog, lockring and new chain. Everything else was stock on the converted bike.
That lasted about a month. I then got another cog&lockring for the other side and new handlebars, tape and stem and a new crank/chainring. I think that configuration held for a year or so with a new saddle at some point.

But just to convert to usable fixed was perhaps $150, but over time grew to $350+

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originally just to make the conversion work ? 39 bucks! I rode the hell out of my 39 dollar cottered crank machine with steel 27 inch hoolless rims for a bout a year then the money started coming in to it, i t hink i have about 450 - 500 into it right now and i m stiil waiting to get a frame thats fits me corectly.. i must say though i love my new rims, they made a world of diference
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Originally Posted by dcb View Post
I was really thinking about the rear wheel bits, just the parts that made it technically a fixie, including labor, but it is still interesting to read for me.
Well, I mis-voted then -- shoulda been $100-130 instead of $200-300.
And to be fair to the conversions, I don't think the "you could have had a kilo for $350" comparison is always valid. My beater frame has a superior wheelset which I'd gladly swap onto an upgraded frame in the future, and lots of "$350" kilos out there are basically going through the same pay-as-you-go upgrade process that conversions experience.
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Originally Posted by dcb View Post
I was really thinking about the rear wheel bits, just the parts that made it technically a fixie
My $5 bought me this:

The whole thing was over $500, I still use the frame, cranks and bars, I have sold original wheels in their geared incarnation.
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