My first Fixie, Fred.

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My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby blokeinamoke » Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:21 pm

Took me a while to get this thing done, but im glad i finally did, just went on my first 25km ride on it... legs are fine... my fitness as it turns out isnt :P

My first attempt at building a fixie went horribly wrong and ended up messing things up wrong size etc, (picked it up in my council clean up) Fleabay took care of that...

Next was after a new frame to start working on, found a gorgeous frame and forks set from Scattante in the US, but couldnt get it over here because our privacy laws dont allow people to look at home addresses from names on credit cards... (no wonder America is soooo insecure...)

that flopped, posted a wanted add on here and Martin answered my call! picked up the frame from him at the station, took it home and got to work on it!
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was in great nick (besides paint...) i was originally going to paint it matte black with green bars and a brown saddle, then decided to do something different...

used paint stripper and my trusty wire brushed angle grinder and made butter from the paint and crappy hi fill! (god i hate that crap...)
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(Freds heart)

Took it all off then lightly acid'd the frame to get rid off and bad crap, wax and grease remover'd it, then painted with Permalac (a clear solvent designed for use on steel and what not, UV protection, rust preventative etc...)

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Made a bull horn bar, taped it, put front brakes back on.

Done.

Running a 46t 16t ratio,
700c star wheels (thanks fleabay)
Conti Race tyres 700x23
saddle and seat stem nfi came with it
front stem quill 90mm
brakes came with it, re positioned to suit bull horns
(looking for new pads though... these old rubbers leave to much crap on wheel)
Chain is a Yaban - YBN SFL410 number from Here
Pedals are wellgo, sort of flip flop (one side for clips the other for normal shoes)

All in all im pretty pleased with it, ratio seems about right for my area, just need to get a few more hills so i can get that fitness on track!

Cheers,
Matty

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby norbs » Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:08 pm

That looks terrific. Nice job.

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby dodgiebros » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:28 pm

Lookin' good Bloke.... undecided on the bare metal look though :? I've had
a look at pics a few times today and :?: :?: :?:

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby blokeinamoke » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:59 pm

took a while for it to grow on me as well Dodgie, but im in love with it now, just a little different is all... needs some colour soon though... not the frame :twisted:

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby dodgiebros » Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:52 am

yeah I think it's the white wheels that are clashing with the frame for me :?: :?: ... but the frame is growing on me though :mrgreen:

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby hartleymartin » Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:38 am

blokeinamoke wrote:Image


The naked fixie... I like it.

You may find that Koolstop makes some very good brake pads.
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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:45 pm

Nice!
I love the look of naked steel.

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby hartleymartin » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:03 am

Mulger bill wrote:Nice!
I love the look of naked steel.

Shaun


Naked fixie - REAL BIKE PORN! LOL!
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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby .isaac. » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:45 am

I love your bike.

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby gerardorenovato » Wed May 11, 2011 1:48 pm

hey, what type of brand is that bicke?..because i have a bicke like that and people ask me what kind of bicke is it,nd i dont know what to say XD ...lol

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby elStado » Mon May 16, 2011 12:24 am

Brake cable looks a bit too long. Not a big fan of the finish either from the pics.

No foot retention either? After riding 2 months without and 2 months with, I can say that it is well worth getting some foot retention.
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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby nathann » Tue May 17, 2011 12:58 am

Uh, resurrecting a 1+ year old thread? Anyway, since it's resurrected, how did you get the frame acided or that colour of raw?

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby SentryBox » Tue May 17, 2011 1:43 pm

...Yes, I am interested in hearing about 'how to' on that finish.

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby |nick| » Sat May 28, 2011 5:44 am

I'll take a crack at explaining it. You can strip the paint of the frame using various techniques such as sandblasting, grinding with sand paper etc. and in this case wire-brush angle grinding, to get back to the bare metal of the frame giving that raw look. Acid treatment would be used to remove any oxidation that you may have missed or cant see because it's microscopic and the clear solvent simply acts as any other protection in oxidation etc. Not much to it , love the look of it :D

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby bunkytree » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:20 pm

Nice bike. I'm in the process aswell and was wondering about how your rims are going?
I'm looking at a set of flip flops by the same rim manufacturer and coz they are so cheap on ebay i'm tempted, but wary..

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby aaron » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:28 pm

They are cr*p

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby familyguy » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:59 pm

aaron wrote:They are cr*p


This seems to be the general consensus. But if you dont bomb off kerbs, skid stop on the fixed cog, or expect them to be super-stiff, you wont be let down and they'll see you to your next set of better wheels. Just put a decent quality cog and lockring on and do them up tight.

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby suff » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:13 pm

aaron wrote:They are cr*p


They really aren't.. I have a set on my fixie (same colour too :) ) They are $100 wheels, they come out of the box round & true and despite giving them a bit of a hiding I haven't had any issues with them.

Sure they are heavy, and yes they have pretty average bearings.. but they are $100!! I have spent a lot more than that just on spokes for other wheels. Remembering that most of these will be connected up to a steel frame, weight and speed are rarely of interest. They look good, cost SFA and get the job done.
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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby aaron » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:46 am

I still disagree mate. They are cr*p and they cost $100.

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby mhilla02 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:57 pm

absolutely gun job! I've had similar plans in the past on how it would turn out and now i've definitely memory banked that one, classic touch

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby The Cyclist » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:12 am

aaron wrote:They are cr*p


I reckon they're great value for $100. I can drink that much in an evening and I'll bet they'll last longer than that.

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby blokeinamoke » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:49 pm

Wheels are fine, i use them for cycling, not for jumping off gutters or skids. Sorry for not being a moron... i replaced the rear cog and the tightening nut, loctited all in place.

Havent put up a recent update photo...

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Also fixed up a 3 speed for the missus...

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Just got an old speedwell frame this afternoon that is destined for single speed... more to come later!

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Re: My first Fixie, Fred.

Postby blokeinamoke » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:04 pm

elStado wrote:Brake cable looks a bit too long. Not a big fan of the finish either from the pics.

No foot retention either? After riding 2 months without and 2 months with, I can say that it is well worth getting some foot retention.


Brake cable is now shorter and covered with handlebar wrap, the wellgo pedals are the choice for an all rounder, they are conventional flat on one side, rotate to the other side and it has an SPD cleat :)


nathann wrote:Uh, resurrecting a 1+ year old thread? Anyway, since it's resurrected, how did you get the frame acided or that colour of raw?


|nick| wrote:I'll take a crack at explaining it. You can strip the paint of the frame using various techniques such as sandblasting, grinding with sand paper etc. and in this case wire-brush angle grinding, to get back to the bare metal of the frame giving that raw look. Acid treatment would be used to remove any oxidation that you may have missed or cant see because it's microscopic and the clear solvent simply acts as any other protection in oxidation etc. Not much to it , love the look of it :D


Bingo!


aaron wrote:They are cr*p


You are cr*p.... :P

The wheels are fine at what they do, are true from day one, 700x23 conti race tyres and nice inner tubes makes for a very nice fast ride on the road!

Ta,
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