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I've been looking for a new bike project and I have found this fixed gear bike frame for $60 (link at bottom). I'm hoping to build it as a single speed.
For personal reasons I prefer ss over fixie. I was wondering what parts I would need to make it single speed? and where would be a good place to find those parts?
I know there isn't much information about the bike, sorry for that but any advice that you could give would be very helpful thanks.(I live in Perth, WA)
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Don't waste your money on that frame, it's rubbish.
What is your budget??
For around $300 you can buy a Cell (recommended) or reid, and you can pick the colours of everything to build it up.
Google Cell Bike, or there is a Reid shop in Perth (inaloo area) i think, been a while since I lived over there so can't quite remember.
Some people don't believe in recycling Yes it is a cheap frame, but so is a new cell or Reid frame. In twenty years time the Reid/cell frame will be considered junk and not worth fixing too. As in your other thread the frame is probably not worth the $60 asking price, but for a cheap bike it could be built up OK. By buying a new cell or Reid you get new bits already attached but lose the enjoyment/experience of building it yourself.
For a single speed bike you will need a set of wheels with a freewheel on the hub to allow you to coast. Alternatively a coaster brake hub will include a brake as well and then not require and ugly cables on the bike. Cheap SS wheel sets often include a flip flop hub which will allow you to run SS or fixed by flipping the wheel around.
If you are installing a brake, then front is preferable for best braking performance, however a rear is OK and more fun for mad skidz. An older frame might be setup for 27" rims so a modern 700c set might need brakes with extra reach, the 700c rims are a bit smaller.
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Wheels (hopefully come with cog), tyres, tubes, front brake caliper/lever/cable as minimum. Personally I'd go rear brake too.
Scouring ebay etc you could get those parts for under $200 without too much effort I think. Cheaper, potentially much cheaper if you're prepared to wait for some bargains to pop up.
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