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my newly built first attempt at a fixed gear

Old 02-14-10, 06:58 PM
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my newly built first attempt at a fixed gear

Well I'm close to being finished with this thing. I stripped and shaved the frame and fork from a 70s Concord roadbike. I spray-painted it in this color combo to see if I like it before I have it powdercoated. To be totally honest, I looked at the box from my wife's Wii Fit and I really liked the color combo! Haha.
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Old 02-14-10, 07:25 PM
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Doesn't look too bad, really. Powdercoat will certainly look cleaner. Nice job!
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Old 02-14-10, 07:31 PM
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Thanks. I can't wait to ride it. Too much snow and ice outside right now. I was so relieved that I was able to get a real nice/straight chainline and also that I could modify the seatpost clamp to fit a BMX pivotal style seatpost, which is slightly smaller than the oddball stock post.
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Old 02-14-10, 07:42 PM
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i really like it
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Old 02-14-10, 09:00 PM
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I like it... Not my first choice of colors but looks like a nice reliable build. good job. Enjoy it!
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Old 02-14-10, 11:10 PM
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Did the fork come like that?

Nice colors though, I'm just disappointed that the saddle isn't white with green highlights.
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Old 02-15-10, 06:48 AM
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Very nice execution and looks solid.

Take pictures of bikes from a low angle (look up at them instead of down at them)
It shows off your nice work better. Your bike is much nicer than this old
mountain bike. Example:


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Old 02-15-10, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by mrvile View Post
Did the fork come like that?

Nice colors though, I'm just disappointed that the saddle isn't white with green highlights.
Ha, yeah I have a white seat for it but I thought I was getting a little crazy with the white. I have two white 20" BMXs, a white Motobecane Fantom Uno, and now this white bike.

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Old 02-15-10, 07:08 PM
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Rode around town today and I love this thing. Need some wider bars tho. I don't plan to ride between my washer and dryer any time soon, so I think I'm good for some wider ones.

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Old 02-15-10, 08:21 PM
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That's definitely what I would change about it. The color scheme makes me want thin mints or Andes for some reason.
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Old 02-15-10, 10:23 PM
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That looks sweet. I'd swap out the grips for brown, or leather though to complete it. It kinda looks like the Raleigh I just built up. I love the look of mostly white bikes.
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Old 02-15-10, 10:52 PM
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Looks good, not a big fan of the pedals though

Thats a very intresting fork (assuming its supposed to be like that) was that stock or did you replace it, more info would be appreciated
Nice bike!
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Fork looks bent to me. Do you have a straight side shot of the bike?
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what happened to the green double stripes on ur TT in the snow pic? I like the stripes.
Overall.. i like it. Looks nice. I'ld remove the rim decals tho.
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Old 02-16-10, 12:03 PM
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If you like color scheme, more power to you.
But I think that you should swap out that black seat post.
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Old 02-16-10, 12:20 PM
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It's getting very close to being a ghost bike, other than that it looks clean, also not a fan of the pedals. I'd suggest getting something with retention, it makes riding a lot more fun and you gain much more control over your bike.
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Originally Posted by TheBikeRollsOn View Post
... also not a fan of the pedals. I'd suggest getting something with retention, it makes riding a lot more fun and you gain much more control over your bike.
What he said. If you're riding that fixed, you really want toe clips.
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Originally Posted by TheBikeRollsOn View Post
It's getting very close to being a ghost bike, other than that it looks clean, also not a fan of the pedals. I'd suggest getting something with retention, it makes riding a lot more fun and you gain much more control over your bike.
If he lives in a snowy/icy area right now, platform pedals w/ boots FTW!
If not, those pedals are fail.
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Old 02-16-10, 04:41 PM
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Yeah I have some toeclip pedals to put on it. I just wanted to take it out for a ride. The stripes are still there, I just taped the top tube so the brake lever doesn't dent the frame. The forks aren't bent, they came like that. they line up nice and ride great. the wheel is centered fine too.
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Old 02-17-10, 04:55 PM
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Oh I also wanted to thank a few guys on this forum who answered questions on a previous thread about bottom bracket sizes, etc. They steered me in the right direction and made things much easier when I was sourcing parts.
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Old 02-18-10, 10:58 PM
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The colors rock, you did a great job!
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Originally Posted by leooooo View Post
If he lives in a snowy/icy area right now, platform pedals w/ boots FTW!
If not, those pedals are fail.
I disagree. Minneapolis has gotten a ****ton of snow this year and I have been riding bmx pedals with hold fast straps wearing boots all winter. Foot retention is really nice to have no matter the season
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