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Old 09-10-11, 10:42 PM
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Newb help/suggestions.

Hey guys.
I have been into bikes all my life, and have many. Never have i had fixie. I own many old speed bikes but they are in good condition and i let my family members ride them. Recently i found a Raleigh Sprite near where i live. I picked it up thinking this is where i start my fixie project. The paint on it is beat so what i have decided to do is repaint the bike. I have take off everything to the point where its just fork and frame.

What i need help with is, how exactly should i approach the painting part? Yes, i know sanding it down, shooting it with primer, and then painting it, but what i need to know is what is a good grain sandpaper to use before i lay primer on and after i do?

And the second thing i need to know is what is a good crank set that i could buy, and also what size wheels do i need for the bike?well ) (i know these are noob questions but oh well.)
I also am on a budget so i don't wanna go over the top with this thing.
I need a good, healthy, running fixie that looks nice!!!

Thank you everyone
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Old 09-11-11, 12:14 AM
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i'd say about 200 grit paper, give or take some grit.
you could try and find some old road cranks for cheap or use the cranks it came with.
BUT if it were me, i would just ride the Sprite like it is until you can save up for a decent 200$ track frame.
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Start with rough sandpaper and go progressively finer down to 400 grit or finer for the final sanding. I then primed and lightly sanded between coats. I had several coats of primer, then several coats of paint. I used a trigger handle on top of the spray can, much easier to work with it that way. Important to let the frame "cure" in the attic or trunk of a car for a week after painting it.

A good choice for rattle can paint is Duplicolor engine block paint. I also used the rust reducing primer because it's extremely difficult to remove 100% of the rust.

Pics of my Sprite project. Here and Here

Making the fixie Sprite was fun but very expensive. It would be cheaper to buy a ready-made bike but you can read this article and get some tips on saving money.
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Hey thanks for the help guys!
bbattle your bike looks really nice!!!

So i do realize this will be an expensive project. I went to the local hardware store to buy some sandpaper today and little did i know the guy that helped me around was into bike as well. As soon as he heard that i was doing a bike project he jumped in to help. He also said himself that it will be VERY expensive. So this is kind of throwing me off about weather or not i should do this build. What are some good bikes that i could buy ready-made. What companies are good and trusted about buying Fixies from and of course for a reasonable price. I think i might just go with a ready-made bike, but still continue to do work on the Sprite slowly but surely.

Thanks again for the help and suggestions! Hope to hear back.
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I don't think $200 / $300 for a nicely done conversion is very expensive, and that includes paying for a powdercoat job.

You could always make it kind of a "rat rod" build and just embrace the crapy paint, at least for now. I say build your free frame with used/inexpensive parts and ride it. Then decide whether you want to spend more money on fixed riding.
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I'm getting a headache because nobody has said, "Kilo TT" yet!
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ed-Start-Here!
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...el-Track-Frame
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I think i will go with the home build! I will try and take my time to make it good
Thanks again all!
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What frame do you have?

If it has 700c wheels, stick with 700c. If it has 27" wheels, you can switch to 700c and the brake pads should still reach.

1600 or 3200 grit between coats will help keep everything smooth. Make sure you let each layer of paint set up per the manufacturer's directions.
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the frame i have is a Raleigh Sprite. i am not sure what 700c wheels are, but yeah i think they are 27' inch wheels. so yeah i need to know what wheels to get! and i wount be using brakes because its going to be a fixie bike.
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Run a front brake at least. Especially until you get used to the feeling of riding Fixed. I can tell you first-hand how much being hit by a car sucks. Cars don't see you, you need brakes.
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I use somewhere around 80 grit initially and then lay a nice coat, any actual imperfections in the frame are then filled with bondo, then it's 200 grit and time to actually paint. For some quick/cheap spare parts, just track down another english made bike of similar make/model that you can transplant from. Golems correct about wheels, the only thing I can think though is maybe go to a deep V track set they can he had on amazon for like 130 after shipping.. Depending how much inner wheel builder you have, you could always just get a rear track hub and relace/redish for super cheap. Here there's recycling centers at the dumps and it's really hit or miss but you could in theory get a fixie rear for 5-10 bucks.
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kay. well i think i have the paint thing down. i have sanded just about the whole bike and i will be painting it soon. my only concern right now is what wheels i need to get! i am stressing over this like crazy! i want a wheel set that could fit on my bike. i have searched for wheels and i found some but i have no clue if they are a good company or not and things like that. my price range is $120-150 MAX. so if any of you have some suggestions of GOOD companies because like i said i have no clue whats good or bad. let me know! thankssssss
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