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Your fixed-gear conversions...

Old 02-10-12, 04:00 AM
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Your fixed-gear conversions...

Show them to me. And tell me how much you love them. I'll start:



$20 CL frame, LBS leftover parts (105 cranks + Shimano BB, $25!). Wheelbuilders 27" LP18-to-Formula wheels and 27x1 Paselas are the only brand-new parts on it. Got pretty lucky with the chainline, it's close to silent at cruising speed. Handles like a boat with its super-slack geometry and big wheels, ride is super smooth though. I've put probably 1000 commuter miles on it at 48x17 (brakeless, HGH) and MAN have my legs gotten stronger. I'm considering putting bullhorns back on it for heads-upness (mainly since bikers and pedestrians on campus seemingly pay no attention whatsoever to their environment) but I really like being in the drops when accelerating or hauling ass.
/nobodycares

What I need for it: silver seatpost, beefier chain (possibly also silver). If I could somehow find an actual Shogun headbadge that would be neat too.

edit: Oops I lied, GR9s/clips/straps were new too. /reallynobodycares

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Old 02-10-12, 04:22 AM
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And just for fun, here it is with the bullhorns, and old seatpost and chain.

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Old 02-10-12, 04:29 AM
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already built 3 conversions until now, here they are (in my fav setup)

my first bike...unknown 27 roadie framesets C-T 56cm, 50-17 gear ratio...sold after 6 months of used


my 2nd conversion...Golden Eagle (Taiwan) 27 customized to 700c, C-T 54cm, 48-17 gear ratio...sold after 5 months of used

spec : https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/golden-eagle-3277

my 3rd conversion...Raleigh Team UK 700c, C-T 55cm, 46-16 gear ratio...still going until now

spec : https://www.pedalroom.com/bike/raleigh-ti-3811
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Lookin' good! Can I ask why you got rid of the Golden Eagle? And this thread was actually prompted by me seeing a nice Raleigh conversion very similar to yours (in that it was red) on campus today. But it had risers
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Lookin' good! Can I ask why you got rid of the Golden Eagle? And this thread was actually prompted by me seeing a nice Raleigh conversion very similar to yours (in that it was red) on campus today. But it had risers
the Golden Eagle was too small for me (just look at the seatpost's heights), so I sell the whole parts of it to buy the Raleigh.

risers? you mean like this? LOL


that's my raleigh's setup 2 months ago
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Originally Posted by hmdns View Post
the Golden Eagle was too small for me (just look at the seatpost's heights), so I sell the whole parts of it to buy the Raleigh.

risers? you mean like this? LOL
[IMG]risers[/IMG]

that's my raleigh's setup 2 months ago
Haha yep, just like that. Also, that seatpost looks just about as high as the Golden Eagle's Nothing wrong with showing a little seatpost!

On a side note, is "Detonator" not just about the worst name you can think of for a tire? I have a pair on my other bike so no hate, but geez... was Maxxis Blowout already taken?
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Like this thread, this is my 1st conversion and still my all time favorite bike (out of all my bikes, not just conversions). Converted a road bike with broken shifter that I never used to ride.



my second, used frameset off CL, still sharing ENO wheelset w the LeMond. 14.08 lbs



My latest, $60 frameset off CL, my only SS.
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The LeMond looks fantastic! No offense to the Scott but I think traditional horizontal-top-tube, steel bikes make better-looking conversions - "modern" looking bikes always look slightly off to me somehow when converted. I'm sure it's nice to ride, though!

And I love 80'sed-out paint jobs like the Fuji'd - they are beautiful in their gaudy, spattered, neon ugliness I think my next conversion will be like that. I actually had my eye on one of these at LBS:



to convert, but it got sold too fast . The paint job isn't really that gaudy but still SUPER 80's. And it doesn't get any more 80's than the seat cover - neon squiggles really were the defining graphic design element of the decade.
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Originally Posted by deleterious View Post
Haha yep, just like that. Also, that seatpost looks just about as high as the Golden Eagle's Nothing wrong with showing a little seatpost!

On a side note, is "Detonator" not just about the worst name you can think of for a tire? I have a pair on my other bike so no hate, but geez... was Maxxis Blowout already taken?
that's because I'm using a 'thin' saddle (Fi'zi:k Aliante) right now
but when I used the thick one (Sella Italia Condor saddle) the seatpost height's will be lowered

LOL
IMO Detonator sounds great to me
so when you tell people what tire are you using & you tell them "it's Detonator" their mind will explode a lil' bit LOL

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Like this thread, this is my 1st conversion and still my all time favorite bike (out of all my bikes, not just conversions). Converted a road bike with broken shifter that I never used to ride.



my second, used frameset off CL, still sharing ENO wheelset w the LeMond. 14.08 lbs



My latest, $60 frameset off CL, my only SS.
looooooooooove that Lemond!
and that Fuji was great too, except I just don't like the fork...looks a bit tricky, I'm more into old-skool-akisu type

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The LeMond looks fantastic! No offense to the Scott but I think traditional horizontal-top-tube, steel bikes make better-looking conversions - "modern" looking bikes always look slightly off to me somehow when converted. I'm sure it's nice to ride, though!
the bold ones, +1
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Close to 3 years old now
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post


Close to 3 years old now
now that's a biiiiiiiiiiiiig size for sure!

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my Raleigh's latest setup (haters gonna hate LOL)



I can guarantee that it's just a temporary setup, it won't last long
just borrowed the wheelset from my friends, only for a couple days until I can buy new hubs for my DT Swiss X470 rims...still saving money for it
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Every frame is a SS frame.



Now more like this though.

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Old 02-10-12, 11:18 AM
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Another excuse to post pics!

Before:
70's Sprite 27 purchased for $100.


Parts donated to friend, stripped and repainted frame using rattlecan lacquer.

After spending a whole lot of money
Nitto bars, Cinelli stem, Sun CR-18 27" rims, Formula hubs, Sugino RD crankset, Surly Dingle, Rivendell Silver brakes, Dia-Compe levers





Bike in its second, more upright version rode very well and didn't have the typically dead feel of many gaspipe frames. I sold it a couple of years later to a good home to make room for other bikes.
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Mine started life as a Raleigh Technium mountain bike. The handlebar is an old road bar that has been flopped and chopped. This winter I sprayed the rims yellow so the front wheel is going to gradually acquire a silver "ring when the brake wears the paint.
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Cheap eBay frame, built up with parts from my stash. I think spokes and rubber were the only things I bought new. Currently torn back down to a bare frame:



Mid-70s Viscount frame, acquired in trade for a Trek frame. Initially built up as a single speed, using many of the parts from the bike above. Picked up an S3X 3-speed fixed gear hub last fall, added fenders and turned it into an off-season rider:

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My late 70s Motobecane Gran Touring. Previously used as my winter commute bike until I realized the salt was going to destroy it. Converted it this year and totally love it. Just put a Phil bottom bracket in it and Eighth Inch cranks a couple weeks ago.



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Not a FG, but SS conversion from like 2 years ago. The electrical-taped bullhorns lasted all of one ride before I bought some cheap risers, I don't think I ever took a photo of it. Sorry it's a crappy NDS photo. It was a neat [obnoxiously heavy] bike.
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First fixed bike, was okay at first. Fork bent so definetley looking to replace soon.
Btw DCV, love the fuji. I got the same bike, but in original 12 speed setup.
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Nuffin much, but I rode it for a long time and conversions are a rare breed nowadays.
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most of mine have been seen around here so many times



Italian steel mid 80's tri-bike built on 650c's
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The rear is an open pro I learned the lesson of buy nice wheels the hard way. While skidding one day I had several spokes pull through the wheel and unlace on me. The phrase catastrophic failure sticks with me, so does almost crapping your self while riding. Since I had one leg over the front of the handle bars when this happened. Was sold because there are limits of tires and tubes in 650's and skidding was getting pricey no matter awesome that bike was.


2009 kuota k-fatcor
105 front
Open pro rear.
switches back from a tri-bike to a fixed gear about a third of year, depending on needs and what part of the country I am in.
Takes about 2-4 hours to do more or less neatly. Has differently bars these days. Doesn't really get skids done on it.

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Ahh too many nice ones to compliment! I really love how all of the bikes in this thread look like they get seriously ridden, not just shown off Bike porn is nice but this stuff has personality.
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