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2015 Post Your Singlespeed/Fixed Gear Megathread

Old 11-08-15, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Soil_Sampler View Post
Nice beefy tubes.
THAT'S WHAT SHE S...oh nevermind

In all seriousness, the tubeset for this frame is really a bunch of different tubes that ended up being too short for the builder's other projects. I just happened to be the right size (5'7") at the right time and the end result is a hodgepodge of True Temper S3 (ST) and various Columbus tubes: Life (TT/DT), Spirit (them chainstays tho!) and some aero seat stays whose name escapes me atm but they're the same ones used on the Stanridge HSP.
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Old 11-08-15, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Unkle Rico View Post
Trying out drops and borrowed the front wheel from my Centurion for kicks.

Not too shabs. Am I correct in thinking the brake levers are Dura Ace or at least Super SLR of another lower group (I want to say Exage but am hesitant)?
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Old 11-08-15, 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted by garlic_rice View Post
True Temper S3 (ST) and various Columbus tubes: Life (TT/DT), Spirit (them chainstays tho!) and some aero seat stays whose name escapes me atm but they're the same ones used on the Stanridge HSP.
I dig this guys bike.

https://instagram.com/p/11jDQdk0Kx/
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Old 11-08-15, 09:43 AM
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Took this 2014 Specialized Crave SL 29er mountain bike:



And turned it into this monster hybrid this past Friday:



Avid road BB7's
Cane Creek 200TT bar end levers
Surly 15t (13t is on order at the shop)
Bontrager Aero bullhorns
Lizard Skin black and red tape
Specialized Phenom 143 with red underbody
Continental CityRide 700x42 with reflective sidewall
Chris King hubs laced to debadged Stan's Arch EX wheels

Did most of the work myself which is a first since I have only done minor stuff. LBS has a customer work stand and Park Tools to use at no charge. My buddy is the manager there, he and I discussed what I wanted to do, he ordered the stuff I didn't already have, and Friday I got dirty and built this up. Big time learning experience for me but all in all, it was fun. Working with the eccentric bottom bracket was a whole new thing for me. It rides like a dream so far. Feels so right, and so very wrong at the same time. It isn't for everybody and some of you will probably scream JA!!!!!! I traded for the mountain bike simply because it was a single speed. I had plans on turning it into somewhat of an atrocity from the beginning. Will be a total urban commuter/sandwich delivery/go out and have fun because it is nice out/legs are sore from riding fixed bike. Stock wheels will have mtb tires mounted to them, studded in front for when the weather gets bad.
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Old 11-08-15, 09:54 AM
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This one too.

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Old 11-08-15, 01:02 PM
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You are correct -- left over SLR Exage levers that came on my Centurion

Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
Not too shabs. Am I correct in thinking the brake levers are Dura Ace or at least Super SLR of another lower group (I want to say Exage but am hesitant)?
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Old 11-08-15, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by oouellette View Post
This one too.

Such a nice frameset.

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Have I posted of this version of my '86 Madison here? Really great around town. Mostly a mishmash of old parts while I wait for someone to buy this frame off me. Rides great.
If you didn't repaint it, I would've bought it by now.
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Old 11-08-15, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Unkle Rico View Post
You are correct -- left over SLR Exage levers that came on my Centurion
Sweet, I knowed it!
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Old 11-08-15, 02:58 PM
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Pretty rad! What gearing are you running on it? It looks like it wants to go faster now.
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Old 11-08-15, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
Pretty rad! What gearing are you running on it? It looks like it wants to go faster now.
I am going to guess 32x15.
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Old 11-08-15, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
Pretty rad! What gearing are you running on it? It looks like it wants to go faster now.
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I am going to guess 32x15.

Close. 34:15 for right now will be 34:13 shortly.
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Old 11-09-15, 06:20 PM
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What kind of rear wheel is that? I likes
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Old 11-10-15, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by sammerammer View Post
What kind of rear wheel is that? I likes
On mine? Stan's Arch EX with the stickers removed, laced to black Chris King SS hub.
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Old 11-11-15, 12:05 AM
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LBS has a customer work stand and Park Tools to use at no charge.
Amazing!
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Old 11-11-15, 03:27 AM
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^ unheard of at the LBSs I've visited.
Worst case was getting yelled at and told to leave a shop because I asked if I could borrow an allen wrench to adjust my saddle. I was there to buy parts and was totally down to give them my business, but the guy got really insulted that someone would ask to borrow a tool.
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Old 11-11-15, 07:35 AM
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I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have an LBS like that so close to me. It is right on my way to work at my main job, and it is a block from delivering at Jimmy John's. I will take a picture today when I stop in. The shop is almost a hangout now since it has gained popularity. They have music going, the atmosphere is super relaxed, the owner, manager and mechanic are all super chill and it is a fun place to waste some time. I do it all the time, from just wasting time to working on my bike.
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Old 11-11-15, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by oouellette View Post
This one too.

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Old 11-11-15, 10:23 AM
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I almost feel embarrassed posting this after all the sick stuff above, but cheap beaters need some love too. Anyways, I put a headlight back on Snoopy now that the days are getting shorter. Snoopy's got this rad seatpost with a built-in tailight that requires a lot of seatpost sticking out, and is one of the few bikes I've got that permit this. I'm actually sharing this headlight with the Cretin, because I originally had two of them, but one got ruined when I allowed the batteries to leak inside it.

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Old 11-11-15, 10:34 AM
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Great bike TT!
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Old 11-11-15, 12:25 PM
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I decided it was time to retire my Carbonello. It was originally a 3.0 Criterium Cannondale transformed to a fixed gear. It was getting a little shabby and I couldn't repaint again without losing the Litespeed "Carbonello" stickers. Besides it wasn't the most comfortable bike for long rides.

Here is the new Carbonello. My old CAAD4 in the Saeco colors hasn't seem much use since I got my CAAD9 a few years ago. Now it's almost finished. Just needs a new chain. I've also ordered some carbon rims from Farsports that I will build up on a new Eno hub. I'll probably run a rear brake also since this may also be run single speed.

I found a font similar to the original sticker and had a couple made. I tried to recreate the "carbon" look from the original sticker with plastidip and a shelf liner. I think it came out convincingly cheesy. The last pic is the original sticker ad from Litespeed.

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Old 11-11-15, 01:19 PM
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Mediocrity in Motion.


That is so me_irl
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Old 11-11-15, 02:32 PM
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Old 11-11-15, 03:57 PM
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Content delivered. This is at the shop, dual Park Tool work stands with the metal base plate for the customers to use. Full set of Park Tools to use (some not pictured because they are to the right of the bikes), floor pump, and even a heavy duty apron so you don't get dirty. If you are in the know, the truing stand is also right there to use. If you get stuck with something, they will usually take a look at it, make a suggestion, hell they even will tell you what you need to do and what to use to do it, and they don't charge for that. Because of that, they do a heck of a business in ordering parts in for builds/upgrades, and they sell a lot of accessories and tubes. Pictured is my bike (that front wheel on because my friend with the Carbon Giant wanted to see it). To the left are both mechanic stations with another dual Park Tool stand like this one.

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Old 11-11-15, 03:58 PM
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That's awesome.
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Old 11-11-15, 07:46 PM
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I hate these ergo drops, i want more rounded ones.
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