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)

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Old 07-04-08, 10:30 PM
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My newest ride:

The "before" (stock) photo



The "after" photo (3 hours after I took possession)


More mods to come...
just curious did you strip the original paint or did you just primer? what specific materials did you use (primers, strippers, spray cans)? I'm looking to do this to my own bike, just need to know what direction to go in! thanks!
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Old 07-04-08, 10:32 PM
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Que? on that Fork?
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If you're asking what it is, it's the stock fork.
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Old 07-04-08, 11:15 PM
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The one that broke my cherry!

Working on this old Nishiki (date ???) 10 speed for about a month, just the day before yesterday July 2, 08 I added the Bull Horns. I doubt I'll ever go back to any multi-speed bike. As of now the chain ring has 42 T and the cog is 16 T. I can handle the hills where I ride but I'd like more speed on the flat and open roads. Looking to go to a 44 or 45, possibly 48. I'll probably experiment with all three, ah who am I kidding I'll just get three more bikes with those chain rings and I'll ride what moves me for that day.

This coming winter I'll probably try my hand at painting it. Maybe white with some black tribal designs here and there.

Please, any comments and/or suggestions I'd welcome. Dish it out I can take it.
Thanks









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Old 07-04-08, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Tat2Art View Post
The one that broke my cherry!

Working on this old Nishiki (date ???) 10 speed for about a month, just the day before yesterday July 2, 08 I added the Bull Horns. I doubt I'll ever go back to any multi-speed bike. As of now the chain ring has 42 T and the cog is 16 T. I can handle the hills where I ride but I'd like more speed on the flat and open roads. Looking to go to a 44 or 45, possibly 48. I'll probably experiment with all three, ah who am I kidding I'll just get three more bikes with those chain rings and I'll ride what moves me for that day.

This coming winter I'll probably try my hand at painting it. Maybe white with some black tribal designs here and there.

Please, any comments and/or suggestions I'd welcome. Dish it out I can take it.
Thanks








If it were mine, I'd get a different stem, keep the bullhorns flat, throw away the bottle cages, throw away the back brake, and put on cages. Surely many will agree. And 48x16 will only give you one skid spot Looks really clean though, I just think the horns are way too angled.

nice first bike though, better than most first conversions you see on here.
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Old 07-05-08, 04:15 AM
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foul avatar

Get over it, useless contribution to this topic. He could say the same if you were flying a gay pride flag avatar. Its ashame that people spend to much time pointing out others for something they disagree with, we are all guilty of it. Move on.
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Old 07-05-08, 06:49 AM
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Didn't Vivalo lose their NJS certification because their steerer tubes kept separating from their fork crowns? My memory might fail me, but if it doesn't, then I'd have to say that's a quality issue.
particular years were affected.
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Old 07-05-08, 08:35 AM
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Get over it, useless contribution to this topic. He could say the same if you were flying a gay pride flag avatar. Its ashame that people spend to much time pointing out others for something they disagree with, we are all guilty of it. Move on.
a gay pride flag avatar doesn't frequently connote latent (and not so latent) racism, as the confederate flag tends to. the confederate flag makes many groups of people uncomfortable seeing it, whereas the gay pride flag only makes homophobic people uncomfortable.
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Old 07-05-08, 08:43 AM
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a gay pride flag avatar doesn't frequently connote latent (and not so latent) racism, as the confederate flag tends to. the confederate flag makes many groups of people uncomfortable seeing it, whereas the gay pride flag only makes homophobic people uncomfortable.
Agreed. Equating the social history and baggage of the confederate flag with the gay pride flag is a little more than skewered.

But enough of this banter. More fixed-pics, please!
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Old 07-05-08, 10:34 AM
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my new baby:
this is hotness except for the saddle..
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Old 07-06-08, 10:58 AM
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The one that broke my cherry!

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If it were mine, I'd get a different stem, keep the bullhorns flat, throw away the bottle cages, throw away the back brake, and put on cages. Surely many will agree. And 48x16 will only give you one skid spot Looks really clean though, I just think the horns are way too angled.

nice first bike though, better than most first conversions you see on here.
Thanks for the compliment and criticism.

Can you tell me why you suggest to swap out the stem?

As far as the bullhorns being flat, I got a bad back and gotta sit upright most of the time. Although going down hills I'm almost laying flat on the top tube.

The bottle cages, man I debated this one with myself a lot. I live in the desert and in the summer it's 90 degrees at dawn when I ride the most. So I need lots of water, believe it or not by the time my normal 12 mile daily ride is over both bottles are empty.

Yeah, I agree with you about the rear break, I hardly, if ever use it. The only reason it's on is because of my accident insurance. I'd bet (being from Vegas) that the insurance company would tell my wife something like "Well your husband was breaking the law, so we can't pay you". In Las Vegas, actually Clark County you have to be able to skid on dry, clean pavement plus a lot of other BS. Don't want to try that with the front brake only. LOL on the 48 x 16, I guess I'll just have to experiment.

Thanks again Matt!
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Old 07-06-08, 11:55 AM
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that just a white rush hour?
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Originally Posted by griffin_ View Post
that just a white rush hour?
I wouldn't say it's JUST a rush hour, but it is.
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Updated pic of my Surly.
Finished a century, on lots of dirt last weekend.

The SQR Tour is being replaced with a classic Carradice - probably a Pendle for short days and a Camper for long days... and I just added the fenders.



Debating swapping out to some Nitto Moustache bars, or maybe picking up some On-One Midge bars.



I'm carrying the luggage and gear around in prep for a 300k. Might do it on the Surly, but the route is through the ADKs - originally was planning on using the IF rando machine.
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Old 07-06-08, 06:29 PM
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Updated pic of my Surly.
Finished a century, on lots of dirt last weekend.

The SQR Tour is being replaced with a classic Carradice - probably a Pendle for short days and a Camper for long days... and I just added the fenders.



Debating swapping out to some Nitto Moustache bars, or maybe picking up some On-One Midge bars.



I'm carrying the luggage and gear around in prep for a 300k. Might do it on the Surly, but the route is through the ADKs - originally was planning on using the IF rando machine.
So great. Practical and pretty.
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Old 07-06-08, 06:53 PM
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Debating swapping out to some Nitto Moustache bars, or maybe picking up some On-One Midge bars.
I think you might like moustaches on that bike. Cool build, anyway.
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I think you might like moustaches on that bike. Cool build, anyway.
Just finished. Test ride up and down the street in the dark seemed OK - I'll need to get them out on a longer ride next weekend. Might need a longer, steeper stem to push them out a bit and lift them up level with the saddle.
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Originally Posted by sedition View Post
My newest ride:

The "before" (stock) photo



The "after" photo (3 hours after I took possession)


More mods to come...
You rattlecanned a perfectly nice paintjob?!

I left the paintjob, now that's the only stock part left of my 9-2-5
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Alright... got 2 single speeds, but then found an old Skyline Canada bike at a home repair shop in the back roads of Ontario while visiting family. Bought it for $10 CAD and got it back in the states to make my first Fixie. This is my roundabout bike, forget farting around town with my wife:

Before...




And after....



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Old 07-07-08, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Tat2Art View Post
The one that broke my cherry!

Working on this old Nishiki (date ???) 10 speed for about a month, just the day before yesterday July 2, 08 I added the Bull Horns. I doubt I'll ever go back to any multi-speed bike. As of now the chain ring has 42 T and the cog is 16 T. I can handle the hills where I ride but I'd like more speed on the flat and open roads. Looking to go to a 44 or 45, possibly 48. I'll probably experiment with all three, ah who am I kidding I'll just get three more bikes with those chain rings and I'll ride what moves me for that day.

This coming winter I'll probably try my hand at painting it. Maybe white with some black tribal designs here and there.

Please, any comments and/or suggestions I'd welcome. Dish it out I can take it.
Thanks

LOVE your bicycle.... Reminds me of my World Tourist in color... http://velospace.org/node/11323
I agree with whoever said to lower the handle bars and get a different stem, just to bring it down a bit, I don't like them flat, just a slight slant up.

Also, don't know **** (or care about) skidding, but as a heavy single speed rider for distance, I run at 47/16 most the time and love it. You learn to manage hills and build up to them quickly (though I never really had much of a problem) and you can get some good speed.

Anyway... beautiful bike..
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Old 07-07-08, 11:43 AM
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Thanks for the compliments Tsuru! You're right it does resemble your Schwinn.

I'll drop the bars a bit when I get a chance, then there is the break adjustment, so it'll be awhile.

The skidding thing is a Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 484.513) ... 2. Every bicycle must be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement. All I have is accident insurance and I'm sure they'd say they can't pay if I don't abide by the laws. Not that I abide by every law but It matters to me that my wife is taken care of after my demise, if it happens by accident. I'm a disabled Veteran and uninsurable for regular life insurance.

I'm trying to figure out a way to get rid of those water bottles but in this heat I really go through some water.
This morning, at dawn, it was about 90 degrees cool. I rode 25 miles and emptied both bottles.

Any ideas? Ah, keep it clean folks!

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haha!

Resembles mine even more now that I put on the chrome forks (mine were bent, replaced and didn't paint). And man, if you are riding 25 miles.... KEEP the bottles, take them off when you need to look super hip in the streets doing wheelies in rolled up jeans, but if you are actually cycling, hydrate.
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that bike with the green rims has the same saddle i have on my road bike.
just thought id say.....
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