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First Build

Postby variable » Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:08 pm

Hello all, new to the forums (and for that matter Australia), but have been going through postings trying to compile a list of possible frames and sources for a singlespeed project. Mainly planning on using it for commuting. This will also be my first build project. I have acceptable mechanical abilities, but am looking to learn, and figured this would be a great start.

I guess I am lost as to where to look for frames, seems there is no real central source. I'd love to ride titanium, but for a commuter that seems a bit much $$. So really looking at either steel or Al. I'd love any recommendations or pointers!

Thanks!
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Re: First Build

Postby HLC » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:05 am

What is your budget for the build?
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Re: First Build

Postby GaryF » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:40 pm

Hi variable, my only suggestion is good old 'ebay'. It's the only place where you can have a choice or options. You may be lucky to find a bikeshop that has a few frames to choose from or perhaps a garage sale or tip find but, for options I would look at 'ebay'.
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Re: First Build

Postby bychosis » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:36 pm

Do you want a new bike with new parts, or do you want to build a licorice all sort with whatever you can scrounge? There is a big difference in where to look.

Flat bar, drop bar? MTB tough, roadie fast? Carry a load? Might help narrow down some options.

Personally I'd be trawling fleabay and scumtree looking for the best value bits and build a bitzer.
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Re: First Build

Postby variable » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:36 pm

So sorry for the delay, apparently I didn't have autosubscribe to topic turned on. Anyways. I'd like to keep the total build to less than $1000, but seeing as that may be difficult, I could see it being worth up to $1500. I would like to do Aluminium with drop bar. 'Roadie fast' as bychosis puts it.

Whilst looking on ebay / gumtree any search terms I should be looking at to get a decent Aluminium fixie frame?
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Re: First Build

Postby HLC » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:01 pm

variable wrote:So sorry for the delay, apparently I didn't have autosubscribe to topic turned on. Anyways. I'd like to keep the total build to less than $1000, but seeing as that may be difficult, I could see it being worth up to $1500. I would like to do Aluminium with drop bar. 'Roadie fast' as bychosis puts it.

Whilst looking on ebay / gumtree any search terms I should be looking at to get a decent Aluminium fixie frame?


If you want Aluminum, have a look at Leader, Colossi, or LDG frames. Gear Brisbane www.gearbrisbane.com is a good place to start looking, they stock the first 2.

Leader Frame & Fork ~$500
Miche Wheelset ~$200 on Wiggle
Sram Omnium cranks/BB - ~$260
Bars, Stem, Seatpost Seat, tyres/tubes, chain, cog, lock ring ~$300

Will build a nice bike.
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Re: First Build

Postby variable » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:40 pm

I like the Colossi frames, I am unsure of the track geometry changes. For road bikes, I fitted myself out from the appendix in the Zim Art of Road Bike Maintenance and came up with a 575mm Top Tube, but for track bikes, many times this equals a 60cm or larger frame. Is that correct? Any tips for track frame sizing?
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Re: First Build

Postby HLC » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:32 pm

Seat tube size is largely irrelevant IMO.

Some people suggest to buy a size smaller with your track bike than your roadie, and use a long erecto stem and a ton of seat post. Which will get you low over the bike.

My track bikes are the same size and fit as my roadie. Do what is comfortable for you.
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Re: First Build

Postby variable » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:30 am

Ok so you are saying ignore the 56,58,or 60cm frame size and go with whatever frame has a 575mm top tube or maybe a bit smaller?
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Re: First Build

Postby HLC » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:58 pm

variable wrote:Ok so you are saying ignore the 56,58,or 60cm frame size and go with whatever frame has a 575mm top tube or maybe a bit smaller?


If you can find one a similar fit to your roadie, then you will be on the money.

But yes, i'm largely saying find something with a 575mm top tube, and you should be able to get it to fit with the correct stem height/seatpost length etc. ( i wouldn't completely disregard seat tube length, but it is not as critical as TT).
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Re: First Build

Postby PYLee » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:57 pm

what about the cinelli frames ? vigorelli, mash and gazzetta
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