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'Converting' my VIRTUOSO road bike.

Old 09-29-09, 12:57 PM
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'Converting' my VIRTUOSO road bike.

Hi. Looks like quite ana ctive forum so hope I can get some good info.

I have a Carrera Virtuoso, 2003, bright yellow, and to be honest, the bike looks and rides amazing.
I rode to Paris on it in the summer and had no problems.
I mainly use it to get all around my town and to UNI and back (Leeds, UK). I love riding the bike.

But being a minimalist at heart, really want to look into minimising the bike. I'm going to strip all the paint, on every part of the bike and have just bare metal all over...

I want to keep the gears though.... As sometimes I plan to still do bigger rides... I don't mind having the cables for this... But the brakes... Is there any way I could take the brakes off..

I was thinking of putting a brake under the seat or something..

I just really want to make the bike look as minimal as possible.... but with gears....
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Old 09-29-09, 01:09 PM
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How did you plan to stop this bike?
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Old 09-29-09, 01:39 PM
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so you want freewheeling gears and no brake?
wonder if you could use a coaster hub laced to a rim and dished properly, then you wouldn't have a visible brake.

as for stripping the frame i suggest auto enamel remover, it works great on bike paint. I would clearcoat it though to avoid oxidation.

id post this on the mechanics forum
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Old 09-29-09, 01:40 PM
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a true minimalist would have 1 gear fixed tho
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Old 09-29-09, 01:45 PM
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ok so here is what you should do.

Get a 5 speed hub with a coaster brake like this
http://www.getprice.com.au/Spectro-P...--32430666.htm

Lace it to your current rim.
Remove the brakes
remove 1 chainring and both derailleurs

Now you will only have 1 cable that goes to the internally geared hub, and no visible brakes.

There is your solution.
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Old 09-29-09, 01:50 PM
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I'm not getting the question? No brakes but freewheel? or are you trying to relocate the brake?
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Old 09-29-09, 01:53 PM
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he wants his bike to look like a track bike but still have gears, basically.
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switch to only one chain ring up front, maybe a 48t, replace drop bars with some risers or bullhorns and smaller brake levers and you are good to go
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Don't do that. I promise it won't be worth the time/effort/money to do that to an already really nice bike. If you want a minimalistic bike and have a DIY attitude, find an old steel road frame and start from there.

Or wait for that bike with the 3 speed internal fixed hub or whatever.
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Old 09-29-09, 04:07 PM
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drive your car instead.
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http://www.facebook.com/editpicture....6&id=504820301

I did it............. sort of..

I stripped the lot down, nitro morsed the frame and forks, then wet n dried with 340 and 1000 fine paper....

Got a metal wire brush on the drill and scraped the hell out of all the steel parts (this gave me a nice raw look)..

Kept the gears and brakes on.... ripped the grip tape off....

I am going to take the bigger ring off up front, this way I can get rid of the drailiur or whatever it is..

I love it.... It rides as nice as ever (thanks to a halfords friend coming round and helping with it...
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Thanks again..
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Old 10-08-09, 10:33 AM
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I can't see his photo but I think the Carrera brand is a Cost-Co brand so, who cares?
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repost link to pic, it doesn't work and i need to see this
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Old 10-08-09, 11:09 AM
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Jetsanchez your a waste of space with comments like that... Go away and keep spending your daddy's money on your high brand bikes (by the way all of which are made in the same factory as my Carrera)..

Here's a pic anyway blamire..



Like I say that drailur (spelling) is coming off and gonna just run one ring up front..
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Old 10-08-09, 11:13 AM
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So... you wanted a single speed.

Nice to see you kept the brakes.
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Old 10-08-09, 11:17 AM
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Yeah.... I can have a lot more fun with them and the gears.... looking cool is one thing.... but actually being able to stop when I have a truck coming head on is much cooler in my eyes...

Might start building my own fixed gear from scratch...
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If you want my advice pick up a old road bike that is well made (not some cheap knock off) but kinda beat-up and cheap make it a fixie for short and quick in town rides in poor weather and keep the other bike for long rides in hilly country. Raliegh grand prix or record would be great and pretty easy to track down they are the bikes that put schwinn chicago out of business in the 70s. or you could just go to bikesdirect and get one and do whatever you want to it.

that doesn't look as bad as what i thought it would, but why the bare metal?

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Originally Posted by mrkano View Post

I was thinking of putting a brake under the seat or something..
lolz
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Old 10-08-09, 11:34 AM
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Been riding BMX for over 12 years... and bare metal bikes came in and I think I just got into it form there... Plus I love the 'rawness' of the whole thing, taking it back to its roots..

Might be getting some yellow grip tape though????

The aluminum metal hasn't 'bare mettaled' enough, the paint looks a little flat, but it'l do...
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If you want minimalist, go no tires it's the shizz. Screw brakes, just jam your foot into the front fork, good idea keeping the gears though as you'll want to be really movin when you do it. I would suggest vans for shoes as they are the stiffest shoes and they'll last forever....tis but a farce.
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I wish my dad would buy me a bike, I spend too much of my own money on bikes as of late.
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Minimal look with gears and no (visible) brakes...

...You want a coaster braked internal gear hub.







^my bike still has a front brake and both levers but these could be removed if I were more concerned with looks than function.
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Old 10-12-09, 02:58 AM
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Hi... Bike looks sweet.

What are these coaster hubs like to use???? Looks like you do a lot of touring??

How well do the gears work - so like up hill and how fast are they down hill??

Would love one of these... Is that a specrtro??
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