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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In a heart beat!!! Great frame!!!
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Old 08-03-08, 07:13 PM
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First off a big hi there to all! I've been lurking in this area, drooling over the great rides that other have put together, and now is my turn to step in to this addiction (maybe). I picked this bike up for $50, and to say that I'm tickled pink with my score is an understatement. This bike is in MINT damn near new condition. The brake hoods have zero oxidization on them, and the tires are void of any cracks. This bike has spent the past 20 yrs in a cool dry basement, just the PERFECT conditions for storing bikes!!


By the numbers:

Norco Monterey 1985
57cm c/c (my boys are resting (pinched) right on the top tube )
DiaCompe brakes and levers
SR Stem 110cm
Suntour A/R deraillers
KKT Pro Vic II pedals (nice!!!)
no name alloy hubs, with 36 hole Araya hoops
A decent Sakae alloy bar
The frame is a Tange 5 PG Tube: what ever that is, and look like stamped (good ones though), semi vert drop outs.

As it stands, it could be used as a beater, store bike. I have this allergy to bike locks, and this one I could leave locked but with no worries.

But I would turn this into my first fixie in a heart beat if the frame set is worth building up.
Should I, or should'nt I? That is the question!!!

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Old 08-03-08, 07:30 PM
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Photo won't show? I get the link? WTF??

GOT IT!!!

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Old 08-03-08, 10:32 PM
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The frame looks real nice. If it fits you - and I think it does - then it would make a fine fixed gear. My guess is that all you would really need is a wheelset.
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Old 08-04-08, 07:07 AM
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dude if that's all original in that condition, don't convert it, ride it like it's meant to be ridden or sell it to someone who will. i'd hate to see all those parts go to waste.
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Old 08-06-08, 10:45 AM
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I'd leave it how it is.

And if it were left outside a store, lock it. Doesn't look like a beater. Someone will snag it.
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Seconding and thirding the above posts...that is a nice bike. Ride it how it is and enjoy it. Just get some new bar tape, as that foam stuff degrades and rubs off all over your hands.

I'm tired of seeing people take fine, functional older road bikes and strip them down to make really horrible, ugly, poorly functioning FG/SSs. I've seen three or four in the past week and part of me wants to throw a hockey stick through their spokes and give them a talking to...road bikes that should be converted are old, abandoned, broken ones that would take far too much money to restore to working order.
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Old 08-06-08, 10:54 AM
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fixies should be old bikes we can salvage...not perfectly nice looking and working bikes ><'''
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Flip that bike on ebay to someone stricken with nostalgia since you obviously don't appreciate it. Then buy a track bike. Done.
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Old 08-06-08, 11:12 AM
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leave it alone.
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Yeah I wouldn't convert it, it's too nice. Also, it would be stolen in a heartbeat, it's too nice!
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Get rid of that dork disc and ride the **** out of that thing as it is. Don't convert it, and lock it up when you ride around.
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Get rid of that dork disc and ride the **** out of that thing as it is. Don't convert it, and lock it up when you ride around.
question about pie plates: my girlfriend's bike has one -- is there a way to safely remove without having to remove the freewheel cassette? also, are there any disadvantages to removing it? i understand the only purpose is to prevent the chain from getting trapped between the largest rear cog and the spokes, right?
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question about pie plates: my girlfriend's bike has one -- is there a way to safely remove without having to remove the freewheel cassette? also, are there any disadvantages to removing it? i understand the only purpose is to prevent the chain from getting trapped between the largest rear cog and the spokes, right?
Generally, you can pry plastic discs off without removing the cassette. If your derailer is properly adjusted, then you don't have to worry about any danger if the chain falls off without a disc.
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ah cool, thanks!
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