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2015 Post Your Singlespeed/Fixed Gear Megathread

Old 02-03-15, 02:26 PM
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Hoping to upgrade to a disc and 5 spoke in the future

You should probably get pedals first.

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Old 02-03-15, 02:30 PM
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You should probably get pedals first.
That might be a good idea yes haha. I've been meaning to get some new pedals anyway as I've been swapping them between my road and track bikes for too long.
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Old 02-03-15, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
theyre good hubs if you treat them right. i blew up the innards of it last year (long story, brake cable got all monged up, had to footbrake on srs offroad downhills halfway thru a century ride far from home) but SA has great customer service. i contacted them, told them upfront that i bought the hub secondhand (from a forum user here) and they still sent me a replacement cartridge and shifter for nothing.

my only complaint is that they have quite a bit of resistance in the cable pull, maybe ill try some high quality housing/cable next time
Ack! Glad S/A helped you out direct. If they didn't or don't in the future, get back in touch with me...


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To this day I regret not getting those wheels off of mconlonx
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i broke one spoke but he was so kind as to include extras, other than they they havent even needed truing and i put these things through absolute hell
im considering building a second set with the bigger drum front and the SA 8 speed freewheel in the back to use my tricolor stuff that i got for $25
Eek! Shouldn't have, but glad I sent some extras... Also good to hear they are otherwise holding up.

Man, sorry about various hassles with the S3X wheel...
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Old 02-03-15, 02:55 PM
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Man, sorry about various hassles with the S3X wheel...
those were the only 2 issues really, id hardly consider it a hassle. i love these wheels and i might try and thread on a freewheel and see how that goes

once its set up and other things dont break which cause me to forcibly mistreat the hub, it gives me no trouble and asks nothing from me, im happy with my purchase

as far as the spoke goes, rooty and rocky singletrack, curb hops, seriously gnar potholes, im surprised i havent broken more, lol.
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Old 02-04-15, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
You can only try them if your frame is within a weight range deemed acceptable by the Interweb Council. Before you consider new wheels, please weigh your frame and post a poll thread so we can vote.
****..
I just bought new wheels for my Fuji Feather.. Should have started a Poll first.. now I'm gonna look like a big dummy!
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Old 02-04-15, 01:57 PM
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****..
I just bought new wheels for my Fuji Feather.. Should have started a Poll first.. now I'm gonna look like a big dummy!




You done did it now.
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Old 02-04-15, 06:13 PM
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I finished this a couple weeks ago, but finally had some sun for a few pics. More in the Townie thread if you are interested.

1977 Schwinn Speedster. Nothing is original....so purists can flame away.

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Old 02-04-15, 06:35 PM
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So rad.

It's screaming for chrome fenders
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Old 02-04-15, 06:48 PM
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So rad.

It's screaming for chrome fenders
It's heavy enough as it is. Plus, that bike will never see the rain.

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Old 02-05-15, 03:03 AM
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Old 02-05-15, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
I finished this a couple weeks ago, but finally had some sun for a few pics. More in the Townie thread if you are interested.

1977 Schwinn Speedster. Nothing is original....so purists can flame away.

Looks like a super fun ride! What are those tires?
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Old 02-05-15, 11:01 AM
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Looks like a super fun ride! What are those tires?
They are Specialized Fat Boys. 700x45c, 100% slick, no tread pattern. They are kinda sorta skin/tan wall. Available in black wall too.




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Old 02-05-15, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
I finished this a couple weeks ago, but finally had some sun for a few pics. More in the Townie thread if you are interested.

1977 Schwinn Speedster. Nothing is original....so purists can flame away.
don't worry about purists. i see it as a modern twist via thorough touches of retro. not pure, but considerate enough.
looks elegant and gorgeous. love the natural leather combo of brooks stuffs. oh and the tires.
beautiful build and very inspiring. thanks for share.
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Old 02-05-15, 11:04 AM
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Very elegant bike.

What bottom bracket did you use to convert away from the one piece crank?
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Old 02-05-15, 11:16 AM
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don't worry about purists. i see it as a modern twist via thorough touches of retro. not pure, but considerate enough.
looks elegant and gorgeous. love the natural leather combo of brooks stuffs. oh and the tires.
beautiful build and very inspiring. thanks for share.
Thanks! I fell in love with them the moment I laid eyes on them, I had to have them, but they wouldn't fit. So.....I modified the chainstays to accommodate them.



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Very elegant bike.

What bottom bracket did you use to convert away from the one piece crank?
Thanks! There are many adapters to choose from, but I bought this one from PorkCHopBMX. It has a recess for the cartridge to sink into that is way more precise and allows for a super flush fit compared to other models. When I received it and did the first mock up build to check for clearance issues (none BTW) I was really impressed with the tolerances and fit, both into the shell, and the cartridge into the adaptor itself.

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They are Specialized Fat Boys. 700x45c, 100% slick, no tread pattern. They are kinda sorta skin/tan wall. Available in black wall too.
Nice. I would love to ride a pair on my Straggler but I'm curious about rolling resistance.
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Nice. I would love to ride a pair on my Straggler but I'm curious about rolling resistance.
In my experience, fat tires roll just as well as skinny ones if you adjust the pressure well enough to avoid excess deformation. I can't run my Kojaks anywhere near the labeled max, way too harsh. And they roll just as easily at -15 psi as they do at max. At high speeds fat tires are way less aero, but at cruise speeds they are fantastic. And starting from a dead stop is cake too.

They aren't light though.
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Don't think we have anY weight weenies here
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Super sweet build.

I'm not sold on wrapping the bars all the way to the stem, but it does complement the saddle...
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
They are Specialized Fat Boys. 700x45c, 100% slick, no tread pattern. They are kinda sorta skin/tan wall. Available in black wall too.






That crankset/chain combination is so sexy! Nice build.
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
Super sweet build.

I'm not sold on wrapping the bars all the way to the stem, but it does complement the saddle...
Thanks. The bar is pretty narrow there, just enough room for my hands if I wrapped them like that. I did that because I was tired of holding metal when riding into a headwind. I kinda like how weird it looks. I think I'm going to wrap my othe nerd bike's bars now.



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That crankset/chain combination is so sexy! Nice build.
Thanks. Just a plain old $8 KMC.

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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Thanks. The bar I pretty narrow there, just enough room for my hands if I wrapped them like that. I did that because I was tired of holding metal when riding into a headwind. I kinda like how weird it looks. I think I'm going to wrap my othe nerd bike's bars now.





Thanks. Just a plain old $8 KMC.
love this thing! such a class build

my new toy, just deciding on going duraace or gran compe pro on the hubs. and either panaracers pt's or the vittorias for the gumwall tires. i have vit's on the bk and love em but 70 bucks a tire is a little oomph.

the cambium bar tape is a few shades lighter than the matching saddle but still will compliment the bike i think.
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Originally Posted by brabham79 View Post
love this thing! such a class build

my new toy, just deciding on going duraace or gran compe pro on the hubs. and either panaracers pt's or the vittorias for the gumwall tires. i have vit's on the bk and love em but 70 bucks a tire is a little oomph.

the cambium bar tape is a few shades lighter than the matching saddle but still will compliment the bike i think.
Thanks. That black and red has a really good punch. I dig it. How thick is the rubber backing on the Cambium tape?

My honey tape was a different shade and a bit lighter than my saddle too. I just keep rubbing my dirty hands on the bars to help speed up the matching process.

Shimano is a must on that bike, for sure..

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Old 02-06-15, 02:21 PM
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ohhh thats nice. 7710 hubs?
i was thinking these?
Gran Compe Pro NJS track hub set 36H - $389.00 : Track Supermarket - NJS/Keirin track/fixed gear bikes, frames, and parts from Japan
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Yeah, those'll work. Look at those smooooth countersinks.
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