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Old 05-27-19, 09:24 AM
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First bike build complete!!! Thanks BF for all the help.

Well, here it is:




It's a single speed with a coaster brake. I suppose you would call it a 'coastie'. It's got a 40/17 ratio, relatively easy for the hilly terrain in Wales. The hub is a Velosteel coaster hub, I know, I'm such a lucky bastard, the folks in the US have quite a hard time getting their hands on one. The budget was about £700ish, which includes everything, parts, paints, new tools, wrong purchases, etc... Mostly made of alloy and SS, with the exception of the plain steel frame. Weighs just under 10kg.

I learned a lot. I had worked on all my prior bikes but this was a first time for a lot of things:

- I relaced and trued the rear wheel to fit the coaster hub.
- Painted the frame and forks.
- Did chainline adjustments.
- Learned how to thread a fork.
- Other miscallenous things, breaking a chain, chain length adjustments, using anti-seize, threadlocker, etc...

I made some mistakes too, some repairable, some.. not so much:

I bought a frame with a 1 1/8" head tube and an unthreaded fork because it was a really cheap deal. I planned to replace the fork for a 1 1/8" threaded track fork since I wanted to preserve the classic fixie look which meant no way to an ahead stem.

Some of you may already know this story. What ended up happening was I found out the hard way that 1 1/8" threaded track forks either don't exist or they're really rare.

Which left me with only one option, to buy a die and cut the thread myself. That's exacly what I did, only that I asked a work mate to do it for me. In the end I had to go over the thread myself anyway because he cut it too shallow so I got a go at it anyway.

Of course that created even more complications because I had to get a stem reducer to fit a 1" quill stem into a 1 1/8" fork tube since 1 1/8" quill stems don't exist either!!! But it was all worth it in the end.

The big mistake was that I crossthreaded the frame shell!!! Yh, I actually managed to thread the cups in the wrong way around the whole way in!!! Don't ask me how I did that, it took some real skill Luckily the frame survived it. It looks quite bad down there now but I didn't strip it, I plan to chase it out one day when I get a tap set.

In short, all's well that ends well, thank you all for the helpful replies on my posts during the build. I originally planned to only join the forum for the purposes of the build but I got to like it quite a bit. It's sort of like a hang out spot now.

Thanks, Kret
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Old 05-27-19, 10:23 AM
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Congrats!

Now go take it out and ride it like you stole it.
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Old 05-27-19, 10:52 AM
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Nice looking bike! I had no idea a threadless steerer could be threaded, good to know
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Old 05-27-19, 10:59 AM
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How's it ride?
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Old 05-27-19, 11:01 AM
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Build NOT complete, since it's missing a brake (unless this will only be ridden on private road or a track)
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Old 05-27-19, 11:19 AM
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Build NOT complete, since it's missing a brake (unless this will only be ridden on private road or a track)
I think he has a coaster brake.
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
Build NOT complete, since it's missing a brake (unless this will only be ridden on private road or a track)
Everything that there is to be said on this topic has already been said. I reckon there should be a seperate subforum dedicated towards this debate. I'm not doing this...

Sorry.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
I think he has a coaster brake.
Yes I do and it works just fine, even on sharp descents. I tried.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Nice looking bike! I had no idea a threadless steerer could be threaded, good to know
Yh, I didn't know either, it just kind of struck me as a possibility. The die is quite pricey tho, I gave 70 quid for mine.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
How's it ride?
Great. It's really rigid. Like if I pick it up and drop it to bounce on the tyres, nothing rattles. Also, this was my first time riding a bike with drop bars so I found it kinda... strange. I got used to it now tho.

Braking power is impressive too, I heard all kinds of things said about the Velosteel hub, that it doesn't break as hard as the old hubs and that it doesn't lock the wheel. But I'm loving mine, If I position my breaking foot in middle crank position it just breaks smoothly, If I place it any higher, it locks the wheel with ease.

And my ratio is just perfect, I was afraid I'm gonna have to make adjustments, cause it's Wales, but I'm finding the climbs are just fine on a 40/17 ratio.

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Nice job! I really like the minimalist aesthetic, and the coaster brake is a genius idea in that context.
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Your bike build is like a supermodel without makeup. True beauty in its natural state. Congratulations
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Your bike build is like a supermodel without makeup. True beauty in its natural state. Congratulations
Wow, I don't think I was ready for that, cheers!
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Very nice! The minimalist aesthetic is sleek, cool and tastefully done. You should be proud.


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Very nice! The minimalist aesthetic is sleek, cool and tastefully done. You should be proud.


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Damn, thanks for all the replies, made my day.
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 View Post
Nice job! I really like the minimalist aesthetic, and the coaster brake is a genius idea in that context.
I figured it would be best for me here in Wales because of the hills. I wanted to have the ability to break gradually and to coast, all without sacrificing the simple aesthetic of a fixie.

The coastie allows for all three. It's like a perfect compromise between convenience, aesthetic and safety. I prefer it conceptually over a fixie. The only thing you give up with the coastie is the ability to do fixie tricks but I'm not into that. I just want a sexy commuter.

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That's a really elegant build, nice job!
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I'd say, well done, sir.
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Very nice looking bike. Exceptionally clean lines.
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It is what you wanted, you built it, now enjoy riding it! My just finished re-build, also my first, is an- early 90's steel road bike. I made some changes to accommodate my physical limitations, due to injuries and age. I had it powder coated. It is once again my favorite bike to ride. I have posted pictures of it a lot, but I am going to post just this one, one new bike re-builder to another.


I like it!
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Gorgeous, super clean bike!
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It is what you wanted, you built it, now enjoy riding it! My just finished re-build, also my first, is an- early 90's steel road bike. I made some changes to accommodate my physical limitations, due to injuries and age. I had it powder coated. It is once again my favorite bike to ride. I have posted pictures of it a lot, but I am going to post just this one, one new bike re-builder to another.


I like it!
Just curious about the costs of powdercoating? Where i live the only places that do powdercoating wanted an arm & two legs to do it. If you would rather not say, thats ok as well, i understand.

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powder coat

I live in south-coastal Delaware. I had mine coated by a fellow in Lincoln DE, about 30 miles north of where I live. I could have had a single stage coating with powder he already had for $100. I was going to do that but I kept coming back to the color it is, Illusion Rootbeer. It is a two stage coating and the powder was special order, so the price was $180. I could have had a two stage with powder on hand for $150. He did an awesome job. Where do you reside?
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Nice!

beautiful build. The first ride is always so exciting!
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