The place for fixies and other rides without gears
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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
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!
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...)
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...)
Made a bull horn bar, taped it, put front brakes back on.
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!
The naked fixie... I like it.
You may find that Koolstop makes some very good brake pads.
I love the look of naked steel.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Naked fixie - REAL BIKE PORN! LOL!
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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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
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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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.
Commuter - Bianchi Pista
MTB - Bianchi Jab 7400
Trainer- Bianchi S9 Matta Reparto Titanium
Weekender - Colnago CX-1 - SRAM Red - FFWD
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...
Also fixed up a 3 speed for the missus...
Just got an old speedwell frame this afternoon that is destined for single speed... more to come later!
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
You are cr*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!
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