I need to build a fixie, I think!

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  1. Claes

    Claes New Member

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    I got it, 60 bucks. Complete 12 speed bike, reynolds 555sl tubing, according to seller :) and a raleigh it is. Should be fun.
    The cool thing is that now I have a complete bike, and when I find a good part, I can pick that up and replace on the bike.

    Now, first thing, how do I fixie it as easy as possible? Need new hub or wheel it seems like. Any shop in Mel that would have stuff like that. Anyone that has a second hand one they want to sell?
     


  2. PiledHigher

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    If it is a 12 speed you will most likely to screw off the freewheel and screw on a cog, the centring of the wheel may need to be adjusted to get a better chain line inc adjusting the spacers on the hub.

    You may be able to pick up a road width cog and use the existing chain or get a track cog, bmx chain and potentially use the chainring on the bike (preferably removing the large ring which most likely will require new chainring bolts)
     
  3. Resound

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    "PiledHigher" <[email protected]> wrote in
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    > Claes Wrote:
    > > I got it, 60 bucks. Complete 12 speed bike, reynolds 555sl tubing,
    > > according to seller :) and a raleigh it is. Should be fun.
    > > The cool thing is that now I have a complete bike, and when I find a
    > > good part, I can pick that up and replace on the bike.
    > >
    > > Now, first thing, how do I fixie it as easy as possible? Need new hub
    > > or wheel it seems like. Any shop in Mel that would have stuff like
    > > that. Anyone that has a second hand one they want to sell?

    >
    > If it is a 12 speed you will most likely to screw off the freewheel and
    > screw on a cog, the centring of the wheel may need to be adjusted to get
    > a better chain line inc adjusting the spacers on the hub.
    >
    > You may be able to pick up a road width cog and use the existing chain
    > or get a track cog, bmx chain and potentially use the chainring on the
    > bike (preferably removing the large ring which most likely will require
    > new chainring bolts)
    >
    >
    > --
    > PiledHigher
    >

    That's the way I did it, although I would up buying a pair of cheap alloy
    rims ($40 ea.) because they won't rust, are true and the brakes work better.
     
  4. flyingdutch

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    go via Singlespeed, do not collect $200!

    as PH says, initially to keep you moving, remove cassette and keep appropriate cog and space (LBS should be able to help you with spacers) according to optimal chainline.
    If youre running one chainring pick up a set of (shorter than road) bmx chainring bolts. if you have horiz rear dropouts you can slide rearhub fore-aft for chain-tension, if not keep on rear derailleur to take up slack.
    (shortening chain is also another to add to list). That's the short-term list.
    Longer term, buy fixed/flipflop hub and respace rearwheel, buy more bits. buy some other more bits, buy new frame, get tattoo, sacrifice cassettes at SS-alter, blither on to all friends how 'simple' SS/fixed is. Never do maintenance on bike ever again...
     
  5. Claes

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    Nope, I will go direct to true Fixie, I want to be able to brake the backwheel using my legs. So, for true honest bone breaking fixie, which way should I go? New hub? I could build a wholly new wheel, then I need track cranks I guess? Too ugly with a double with just one cog I think. He he, then of course a new BB since the old one will not support the track cranks I find. :)d This will be fun, and I am not concerned about a few hundred bucks. Cool.
     
  6. PiledHigher

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    What dutchy and I are saying is that you can go straight to fix with a cog, chain and short bolts. less than $50.

    Then learn to ride fixed.

    Then spend lots of money on creating your perfect fixie.
     
  7. hippy

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    Claes wrote:
    Nope, I will go direct to true Fixie, I want to be able to brake the
    > backwheel using my legs. So, for true honest bone breaking fixie, which
    > way should I go? New hub? I could build a wholly new wheel, then I need
    > track cranks I guess? Too ugly with a double with just one cog I think.
    > He he, then of course a new BB since the old one will not support the
    > track cranks I find. :)d This will be fun, and I am not concerned about
    > a few hundred bucks. Cool.


    So.. you wanna buy some track cranks eh? :)
    I have some Miche cranks for sale. Miche BB too.
    Almost certainly <100k on them. Miche headset too.
    Bars, some pedals, hubs, frame, etc. too.. hahaha..

    hippy
     
  8. hippy

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    PiledHigher wrote:
    > Claes Wrote:
    > What dutchy and I are saying is that you can go straight to fix with a
    > cog, chain and short bolts. less than $50.
    > Then learn to ride fixed.
    > Then spend lots of money on creating your perfect fixie.


    Tell him that AFTER he's bought all my stuff!! :p

    hippy
     
  9. Claes

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    But but, wont I "untighten" the cog when applying brake with my legs? Know what I mean?
     
  10. Claes

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    Tzzzz, your time will come, don't you worry. If you have some worthy stuff. :) Frame we already agreed yours is a dwarf frame, not for fullgrown people. Right? What length are the Miche cranks? What thread for the BB? What thread does my frame have? I assume english since it is a raleigh?
     
  11. PiledHigher

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    Look mum no lockring, reviews on no lock ring are mixed but I've had no problems.
    http://www.thehippy.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=74&pos=7
     
  12. hippy

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    Claes wrote:
    > Tzzzz, your time will come, don't you worry. If you have some worthy
    > stuff. :) Frame we already agreed yours is a dwarf frame, not for
    > fullgrown people.


    Who are you calling dwarf, stretchy?

    > Right? What length are the Miche cranks?


    165mm of course! Track stylee :p

    > What thread for the BB?


    Good question. <points> What's that?!

    > What thread does my frame have?
    > I assume english since it is a raleigh?


    Urgh.. Raleigh.. um.. how old was it again?
    The threads on their older stuff sucks, see:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/raleigh26.html

    Maybe Miche ain't the go for you.

    hippy
     
  13. Shabby

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    But then again, you're not the biggest bloke around, and have both front and back brakes on your fixie.........

    However, why is Claes so willing to spend money on a shitter to ride to the pub??? (And can't look posh.....)
     
  14. hippy

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    PiledHigher wrote:
    > Claes Wrote:
    >>But but, wont I "untighten" the cog when applying brake with my legs?
    >>Know what I mean?

    >
    > Look mum no lockring, reviews on no lock ring are mixed but I've had no
    > problems.
    > http://www.thehippy.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=74&pos=7


    My track bike is sans-lockring now, with no probs, but I try to avoid
    sudden 'braking'. Not riding track now does help! :p

    hippy
     
  15. PiledHigher

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    That said the wheel had been previously used by the wolfman, if anyone was going to spin a cog off it would be him.
     
  16. Resound

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    "hippy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Claes wrote:
    > > Tzzzz, your time will come, don't you worry. If you have some worthy
    > > stuff. :) Frame we already agreed yours is a dwarf frame, not for
    > > fullgrown people.

    >
    > Who are you calling dwarf, stretchy?
    >
    > > Right? What length are the Miche cranks?

    >
    > 165mm of course! Track stylee :p
    >
    > > What thread for the BB?

    >
    > Good question. <points> What's that?!
    >
    > > What thread does my frame have?
    > > I assume english since it is a raleigh?

    >
    > Urgh.. Raleigh.. um.. how old was it again?
    > The threads on their older stuff sucks, see:
    > http://www.sheldonbrown.com/raleigh26.html
    >
    > Maybe Miche ain't the go for you.
    >
    > hippy


    Would they fit on the Malvern Star? What's the asking $?
     
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  18. Brian Watson

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    Claes wrote:
    > PiledHigher Wrote:
    >
    >>What dutchy and I are saying is that you can go straight to fix with a
    >>cog, chain and short bolts. less than $50.
    >>
    >>Then learn to ride fixed.
    >>
    >>Then spend lots of money on creating your perfect fixie.

    >
    > But but, wont I "untighten" the cog when applying brake with my legs?
    > Know what I mean?
    >

    Yes and no. It is possible and having a proper track hub with reverse
    thread lockring greatly reduces the risk. Just screwing a track cog
    onto a normal hub really tight and adding an old BB lockring really
    tight has worked for me so far. Yes, I do have 2 brakes but I also
    practice skids just for the fun of it.

    I have also screwed one off, so you never know. I sort-of grow to trust
    mine over time.

    Brian.
     
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  20. Claes

    Claes New Member

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    Noooo, it is much more than a shitter to ride to the pub. It would prolly see around 50 to 60 k a week actually. So, I want it nice, but not posh so I can park the fekker and lock it outside. That is it, nothing more, nothing less. Then I am on a contract here and get a per diem for food, I eat cheaper that equates to more cycling parts, I have to spend it, right? :)
     
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