What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

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What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:14 pm

Im building a singlespeed and wondering what things are a no-no.
I have a nice Gefsco track frame with track dropouts but am wondering about the other stuff.
Wheels: it seems spoked rear wheels and a fancy front (aerospoke /shamal /deep V etc) are preferred. Is it uncool to have say a trispoke rear and an aerospoke front? What are the rules for wheels?
Bars: bullhorns and short flat bars are apparently funky. What about cruiser bars /girls bike bars?
Cranks: Wish I had some retro Campag or Durace cranks but I don't. If I put cheapy Lascos on it will I ruin it?
Seats: Gave away all my Turbo saddles ...does anyone care about what saddle people have?

What's cool in fixieland folks?
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby piledhigher » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:03 pm

All of these things in 2007, buy a cross bike or a mini velo that is where fixed.org.au is at..
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:08 pm

Derny Driver wrote:What's cool in fixieland folks?

The riders. :wink:

As to the build, trawl your shed and run what yer find.
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Derny Driver » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:16 am

Mulger bill wrote:
Derny Driver wrote:What's cool in fixieland folks?

The riders. :wink:

As to the build, trawl your shed and run what yer find.

Yeah that's the plan :D
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby HLC » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:46 pm

Build it like you would build a track bike.

Put a 18t sprocket on the back.

Ride it on the street.
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby ghostpoet » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:42 am

Build what you like and don't worry about others. A Gefsco is a classic though, so do it justice.
However, my ideas include a brake on the street, but get one that doesn't ruin the lines. Clean and sleek looks way better on a legit track frame. Turbo saddles are the bomb, high flange shininess for the hubs, understated bits of bling, chain bolts, spoke nipples etcetera.
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Marx » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:34 pm

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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby bychosis » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:43 pm

Fr me it's matching front and rear wheels, and no harm in a deep dish coloured rim. Bullhorn bars, front brake, shiny cranks. I like the idea of shiny high flange hubs too.
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby rogerrabbit » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:21 pm

All subjective: my preference is:

Track bike setup (straight stem is OK) with normal spokes/rims being my preference, and a front brake. Whatever period saddle suits your bottom. Concor/turbo is good.

No flat bars, no tri spokes.

That is a nice frame....

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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby familyguy » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:28 pm

Is it for mostly street/some track use, mostly track/some street, all of one or the other? What colour is the frame?

Subjective az!

For me, on a steel track frame:
Bars - classic bend bars, road OK only if track not available
Components - matching colour, all silver or all black (hubs, stem, bars, seat post)
Wheels - spokes might be determined by hubs and rims, but if in doubt, silver or grey
Saddles - given that it will be covered by the rider, pick something that rides nicely, though you don't want to be too outrageous in the choice

Or go here (among other websites) for things to try/stay away from: http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/

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Postby SuperSix » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:56 pm

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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby HappyHumber » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:12 pm

Banana seat* with sissy bar and 40cm+ ape hangers.

*metallic sparkle essential. Purple or candy apple red ideally.

Oh hang on; uncool you said?
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Skidstar » Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:32 pm

What's cool is not caring about what's cool. Whatever taste you have, ride it proud ;)
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Derny Driver » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:34 pm

Its coming together nicely. I will post some piccies later in the week.
Thanks for all the replies :)
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Derny Driver » Sat May 03, 2014 9:13 pm

Yay ...finally finished it. Being a track frame I had some problems getting brakes on it. The track forks couldn't really be drilled so I took them out and looked for some road forks to put in.... it was hard to find something which fitted. My bike mechanic mate came to the rescue, he had some forks but had to retap the thread an extra 50mm and then cut the steerer down. Anyway, I like it. The bars are girly but I like them a lot.
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby HLC » Sat May 03, 2014 9:50 pm

This is hilarious! I can see the look on Geoff's face now!

The Dyna drive cranks are somewhat of a rarity too, you must have a crazy parts bin!

I had one of those rear tri-spokes same as above, for my roadie though. Had the loudest free hub ever, probably because it rattled through the hollow 'spokes'

Anyway, looks like fun to ride! If you want to put the original forks back on though, get a diacompe clamp on brake. I ran one on my track bike for about 5 seconds. But they work well!
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Mulger bill » Sat May 03, 2014 9:51 pm

Liking everything except the gearing DD, ow my knees.
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Derny Driver » Sat May 03, 2014 10:01 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Liking everything except the gearing DD, ow my knees.

haha Yes mate I just went for a ride around the block ... its a bit BIG :shock: I'll change it. I just put on a spare DuraAce 53 chainring that I had laying around. The 19 cog came from a worn out 8 speed cluster. Easy fixed.
Yes its mostly stuff I had laying around. I have a pair of those Tri-Spokes which are on a retro build Im in the middle of. This was a third one.
Tried to sell the AX stuff but couldn't so I just threw it on this.
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Clownshoes » Mon May 12, 2014 1:45 pm

Amazing! H8RS GONNA H8 but that thing looks fun to ride. BArs are perfect for leaning into long skids down undulating hills. Comfort > speed is the order of the day....although the gearing and mad tri-spoke on the rear suggests you like going fast.

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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Gordonhooker » Thu May 15, 2014 7:28 am

Love the handle bars a true classic..... :)
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby Derny Driver » Thu May 15, 2014 10:43 am

I swapped the 19 cog for a 21 which reduces the gearing to 66.3 which seems perfect for just cruising around on. My hot shot cyclist son who had ridiculed the build took it for a spin and declared it was "really good to ride" :)
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Re: What things make a funky SS/ fixie, and what is uncool

Postby foo on patrol » Sat May 24, 2014 3:10 pm

What would he know DD, bloody upstarts. :roll: :lol:

72" would have been a good gear for that. :wink:

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