The place for fixies and other rides without gears
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Now I'm quite new to this site but I haven't managed to find many build threads of people doing up their bikes. I don't know about you guys but I find looking at people's progress on their bike really interesting and inspiring! So I decided I'd do a build thread for my first fixie build!
I started out with this absolute bargain from ebay! A Malvern Star Silhouette '94. It's a super clean frame with no rust and in really good order! Hardly any cosmetic damage! I managed to get the cranks and a set of dropped bars with the frame so I was practically only short of a seat, chain and wheels!
I managed to get a wheelset for a fixie surprisingly cheap off a guy from Facebook. After tweeking the dropouts, I managed to get a few extra mils movement, crucial for gear selection!
As you can see, I got a chain and a C-Unit seat so that the bike is rideable. While I had the angle grinder out from adjusting the dropout, I managed to clean the frame up a bit by knocking all the unnecessary cable and shifter stays off the frame. I dropped the gooseneck down a bit more and set it on a 16/40 ratio using the original crank.
At this stage I'm using this bike to learn how to ride a fixie. I have intentions to do a fair bit more work on this bike so stay tuned!
You guys are incredible! I've changed the pedals so that they both have straps, I'm holding out on bar tape as I want to change the colour of the bars and the down tube shifters are being ground off this weekend! Plus I've order a brake lever and have the calibers back on the front (although they aren't functional yet).
Not sure how I what colour scheme I want on the bike but if you guys have any suggestions on how to strip the paint that'd be appreciated!
I'm no fan of white bikes but IMO that whole scheme you're rolling works.
Or will once some better bar tape comes along
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Cheers guys for your input!
apollocreed: I think I may end up doing that, I guess I'll way up the options and see which is best. I really like the look of the frame, small headtube etc but if it's going to be cheaper to get a better quality frame than paint it then I guess I'll take that route!
Mulger bill: Thanks! It kinda was luck of the draw but when I put the rims on it actually looked really smart! The green on the bike along with the white walls on the tires really finish it off!
The 2nd Wombie: Only worry is keeping all my fingers and toes! Not affecting any of the structural components of the bike! I hope..
schroeds: Chain is so tight, almost too tight if there is such a thing! Next to no play! It was only a cheap chain but once I get new cranks and front cog, I'll invest in some more exy running gear! Who knows, might even start with a new frame depending on everything.
I had a look, the larger cog is defiantly biopace however, the difference in radius is only pretty marginal, only like 5mm between the widest and thinnest points. The smaller cog on the other hand appears to be circular, I could be wrong as the scaling down in the size might make the variation really small. Regardless, it still all works so I'll probably just leave it as it is for the meantime!
the smaller ring will be biopace too, and they do work with a fixed gear.
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