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Project Budget Fixie + Wife's SS

Postby jaseyjase » Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:24 am

Gday guys, big noob here. Im a fan of reading peoples builds and projects so i thought i would post mine. Im a total noob to bicycles, let alone fixies, my last bike was a Mongoose BMX almost a decade ago 8)

So i thought id get back into bikes, with aim to have a crack at building one and learn as much as i can along the way. While also keeping the build as cheap as possible. A cheap fixie seemed simple and ft my non existent budget.

Started off with a Repco Traveller and an older Bluebird Grand Prix i picked up, $10 for the pair.
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The Repco frame ft me better, so i would use that as the base frame, and the other for parts.

First step was to wire brush back to bare metal and chopped the bars ( which in hindsight was a dumb idea )
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Chopped up and cleaned up both chainrings and cranksets
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Picked up a Felt Carbon seat from a local guy, $20
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A few days later, came across an old exercise bike being dumped, had a funky lookng clean seat, springs and all. So took it off and took it home
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A few snaps with the seat and the drop bars from the Bluebird which were in ordinary shape
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Next was the paint, gave it a coat with some left over primer i had, then a few coats of $7 rattle can gloss white
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While that was drying, rigged up a bike stand from an old stool base, a scaffold arm and scaffold links
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Some of my LBS dumpster finds, most wheels were missing spokes etc, so i plan to use em for parts, ie spokes, hubs and rims for my future wheel building exercise
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Mocked up with some 700c wheels and mtb bars i found, chopped
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Came across another repco, in better condition but missing a front wheel and the rear was buckled good, $5. I figured it would be good for parts, ie bars, stem, seat post, cranks, hubs and of course the frame
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Picked up a DICTA 16T 1/8" track cog and SRAM PC1 chain
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Decided to go with 52T old cotter pin cranks off the Bluebird, as i liked the way it looked, cleaner as it hadnt been chopped :D
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Chainline, and obviously i went suicide as i was using an old freewheel, with a lockring, loctite and tightened as hard as i could
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Here she is in all her glory, with some new tubes, Ritchey rimtape and cheapy Bikecorp 27 1 1/4" road tyres, on a 27 1 1/4" Araya wheels
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After a quick test ride, i realised this noob needed brakes :oops:

So, what i had to work with, accumulated parts
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Avid levers off a mtb and some Dragonfly levers from my old bmx
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Before and after brake assembley
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And finaly installed and read to rock
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A quick budget overview for those interested.
Repco Traveller Complete $5
Bluebird GrandPrix $5
Repco Traveller Near Complete $5
Felt Carbon Seat $20
Gloss White Paint $7
Tubes $15
BikeCorp Tyres $30
Ritchey Rimtape $10
SRAM PC1 Chain $20
Flat Bar $Free
Total $117

There's also the other stuff i found from the dumpsters, wheels, hubs, tyres etc. As well as a few special tools ive had to buy, ie freewheel remover, crank remover, spoke tool, chain breaker. Being my first bike build and a total noob, i didnt have many of these tools.

cheers jase
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby MichaelB » Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:18 pm

Not bad, but you'll probably find the 52/16 gearing a bit high.

What was the idea behind the "chopping" of the chainring ?
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:29 pm

MichaelB wrote:Not bad, but you'll probably find the 52/16 gearing a bit high.

What was the idea behind the "chopping" of the chainring ?


Yeh, my short test ride has confirmed it will be as well. Ive got a 44T sugino crankset, from a mtb, so ill probably be replacing that soon, albeit its a 94mm BCD.

With the original chainring from the repco, the smaller chainring was riveted on, so i chopped off the smaller chainring and guard, make it look a little 'cleaner'.

I ended up using the cotter pin crank set from the bluebird anyway.
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby winona_rider » Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:47 pm

that's awesome!
really impressive
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby brauluver » Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:39 pm

Good work, that's the best polished turd i've seen for awhile.
Put it on Ebay, and some wally will probably pay $300 for it.
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:05 pm

cheers for the comments guys, need to find some seat time now :)
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:15 am

Nice work there Jase, she looks the goods. Tho' I'd drop the brake lever a bit for more efficiency and comfort.

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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:30 am

Mulger bill wrote:Nice work there Jase, she looks the goods. Tho' I'd drop the brake lever a bit for more efficiency and comfort.

Shaun


Shaun, cheers mate. Yeh, i havnt had a good run yet so will most definitely adjust as comfort calls.

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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:43 pm

Finaly had a chance to give my fixie a good shake down, spent a good 45 mins just cruising my neighbourhood.

What can i say, im totally hooked :D

Now I havnt been on a bicycle for almost a decade now, bar training in the gym, but riding on the streets just flooded me with memories of my younger days :mrgreen: . The sense of freedom and fun, so simple yet so satisfying :P

Will probably replace with some dropdown bars, the cut down flat bar is a little hard to get good leverage. Will keep you guys posted.

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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:30 pm

Well, i was checking out a bike shop i hadnt been to before, just looking for a bargain, ie bar tape, tools etc, when in the corner i spotted a Velocity Deep V rear wheel, velocity flip flop hubs, all laced up, all black, all wrapped up 8-)

Last time i rang a shop they quoted me $270 for a rear wheel from hillbrick, all built up. The price on these were $229. Bargained him down to $200 :D

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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:49 pm

Nothin' like bein' in the right place at the right time. :mrgreen:

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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:59 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Nothin' like bein' in the right place at the right time. :mrgreen:

Shaun


x 1000000000 Shaun :D

Ive got some black shimano and black alex DA22 front wheels that will go nicely :wink:
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:52 pm

Thought id just use the same thread instead of starting a new one for the wifey's build.

Started off with the second Repco i found, slightly smaller size, missing a front wheel and buckled rear, but i had gathered enough spares :mrgreen:
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Wire brushed back to bare metal
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Coat of paint, seeing as how she liked the orange springy seats, thought i should try and find a nice matching colour. Black or white would be fine, but being as its for the wife, thought id try and make it a little more feminine, so went with burgundy.
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Set of Odessey Gary Young's, orange of course
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Still needs a rear free cog, this one will be a single speed instead of a fixie. Also need to hook up some brakes, but where it stands now
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cheers jase
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby h3ndry » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:13 pm

What type of wire brush did u use to strip the paint? hand or grinder?

and did you dish those wheels at all?
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:58 pm

h3ndry wrote:What type of wire brush did u use to strip the paint? hand or grinder?
and did you dish those wheels at all?


Hey mate,

Angle grinder with a wire head :wink:

Nah, the rear wheels have not been dished, on my list of next things to do. But seeing as i just picked up a velocity rear, probably wont be doing it anytime soon :mrgreen:

The wife will be inheriting my 27s, so will probably redish for her ride. 8)
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby colafreak » Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:28 pm

Oh man, that is not safe for work! That is gorgeous!!!

Any hints on how to get all the old chuck-out stuff from the bike shop?
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:46 pm

colafreak wrote:Oh man, that is not safe for work! That is gorgeous!!!

Any hints on how to get all the old chuck-out stuff from the bike shop?


Cheers mate, appreciate the comment :D

As for tips, bring a torch :mrgreen:
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby the dang » Sat May 02, 2009 1:40 am

Hi Jaseyjase

Those bikes look great, respect!!...in your first build...I noticed you started with some rusty brakes but cleaned them up. How and what did you use to do that? Also do they stay that way or does rust and so on show up again easily?

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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby kukamunga » Sat May 02, 2009 10:53 am

For anyone looking for wheels

Richard Ayling of Allegro Bikes distributes some nice track wheels which my bike shop sells for $299 a pair* Much cheaper but a similar quality to Velocity.....

Alex R450 double wall 32H rims - machined sidewall
Novatec High Flange, sealed bearing hubs
Rear hub is double sided track - 16T gear w/ lockring fitted
Stainless spokes 32 x 3 cross
Hollow axle for either QR or wheel nuts (fitted)

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(* Who knows what other bike shops might charge ?)
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Sat May 02, 2009 7:53 pm

the dang wrote:Hi Jaseyjase

Those bikes look great, respect!!...in your first build...I noticed you started with some rusty brakes but cleaned them up. How and what did you use to do that? Also do they stay that way or does rust and so on show up again easily?

Cheers

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cheers mate :D , appreciate it. Wire brush head on an angle grinder cleaned them right up. As for keeping rust away, i think if your riding in the rain, or they get wet, just spray it down with some WD40 which will take the moisture away. As with most steel things, prolonged exposure to water, and it will rust.
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby AUbicycles » Wed May 06, 2009 8:08 am

A delight to follow the progress of your builds - thank you for sharing!
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Wed May 06, 2009 11:17 am

AUbicycles wrote:A delight to follow the progress of your builds - thank you for sharing!


Cheers mate, appreciate the comments.

Will be posting version 2.0 soon :mrgreen:
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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Thu May 07, 2009 9:50 pm

velocity on, sugino crankset, alex AT450 front, old drop bars, kenda tires pulled from dumpster. Gonna pick up some white bar tape to finsh off with the nitto stem and bars from the victory.

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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby jaseyjase » Sun May 10, 2009 7:35 pm

She's come a long way, but i think i have her where i want her :D

Added the final touches, Nitto stem and Nitto B115 drop bars, Fizik bar tape, and the front brake. I was worried going from the 27' to the 700 would mean the brakes wouldnt fit, bit it did, so all good.

So a quick recap

Frame: Repco Traveller (recyclers)
Wheels F: Alex AT450 QR (dumpester)
Wheels R: Velocity Deep V / Velocity flip flop (LBS)
Tyres: Kenda 700/23 (dumpster)
Pedals: MKS-AR8 (Repco Victory)
Toe Clips/Straps: BikeCorp (LBS)
Crankset: Sugino AS 49T (fyxamotosis)
Rear Cog: Dicta 16T (ebay)
Bottom Bracket: Stock Repco
Headset: Black (Repco Victory)
stem: Nitto (Repco Victory)
Bars: Nitto B115 (Repco Victory)
Bar Tape: Fizik (LBS)
Seat Post: Stock Repco
Seat: Felt Carbon (local dude)
Brake Lever: DragonFly (raided old bmx)
Brake Cables: Stock Repco
Brakes: Stock Repco

Time to to enjoy my hard work :lol:

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Re: Project Budget Fixie

Postby brauluver » Sun May 10, 2009 8:01 pm

And there's the money shot!
awesome transformation, you should be well pleased.
Just needs a shiny new chain to finish it off.
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