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2015 Post Your Singlespeed/Fixed Gear Megathread

Old 02-24-15, 11:43 AM
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Hmmmm. I didn't know where to post this. It's not my bike, but it aint jackass, and it aint porn, but I like the pic.

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Old 02-24-15, 12:04 PM
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but it is NDS^
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It has gears. Maybe you could have put it in the geared bike thread.
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Picked up some riser bars. DO NOT like how they look near as much as my drop bars. But I really dig how the bike rides and seems much more conventional for the city riding.
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Picked up some riser bars. DO NOT like how they look near as much as my drop bars. But I really dig how the bike rides and seems much more conventional for the city riding.
That bike would last about an hour here in Cleveland, with all that gold.
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Old 02-24-15, 12:28 PM
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dat ring. rules. size does matter.
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Originally Posted by LouCypher View Post
Picked up some riser bars. DO NOT like how they look near as much as my drop bars. But I really dig how the bike rides and seems much more conventional for the city riding.


The Yankee candles really soften up this image.
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Old 02-24-15, 02:18 PM
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Your English is better than most of ours. Nice bike.
Was thinking the same thing.
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Old 02-24-15, 02:22 PM
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but it is NDS^
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The Yankee candles really soften up this image.
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I see what you did there
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Bianchi Rekord 74 FS/SS Conversion (PIC HEAVY SORRY)

It is an unseasonably nice day here in the Pacific NW. Finally sunny and ~60F so I took some shots of my winter project. I put up a pic of this earlier but I wanted to show some more detail for you now that I could get some decent shots. Craigslist find from about 2 years ago. It sat at Elliot Bay Cycles in Seattle (R.I.P.) for the better part of a year and in my garage for the remainder dirty and untouched.

This winter I finally decided to do some work on her. Completely striped down the bike top to bottom. New grease/bearings/etc. New cables but I kept the original housing since it was celeste. I had to replace the non-existent hoods with some cheap cane creeks (for now). I replaced the seat-post because it was only about 4 inches long. I also replaced the seat/handlebar wrap/pedals. I kept the original pedals, Valentino shifter group and the Nervar chainrings as well as the Normandy Luxe competition wheelset that came with it in case I ever want to convert the bike back to a 10 speed (which I might do later this summer for fun).




Here is a scan of the original 1973 catalog:

Mine is the 56cm version. Normally I ride a 54cm and this bike fits me well as the seat tube is 54 cm with a stand over of approximately 29 inches. It does have a bit longer of a reach than I would normally use but it's not really an issue with the old school 3T stem being relatively short.




Obligatory drive side garage shot:





Replaced the 52/42 rings with a NOS 46T Nervar chain ring & the original cottered OFMEGA bottom bracket.






Original Universal Brakes with new Kool Stop pads:






New Velomine Formula/M13 SS/FG wheelset (16T/16T Shimano freewheel) with Panaracer Pasela 700x25. The brakes fit the 700c rims surprisingly well:



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Old 02-24-15, 03:41 PM
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Continued... (10 picture rule)




3ttt Rekord stem and a super narrow drops @ 37cm c2c! Brooks honey-brown leather all around. Really looks nice against the 1970's pastel celeste:








MKS Touring pedals with matching kickflips and deep cages for more casual shoes. Velo Orange elkhide sew-on shoe guards:





Some of the old parts that I cleaned for later use. I used an entire tube of Semi-chrome and more rags that I can remember on this restoration; my hands ached for weeks:







Thanks for viewing.
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Originally Posted by franswa View Post
The Yankee candles really soften up this image.
I thought it felt a bit weighted at the bottom.
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naga, naga...nagana work here anymore
LOL. So nice. A beauty.
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Old 02-24-15, 04:29 PM
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Some of the old parts that I cleaned for later use. I used an entire tube of Semi-chrome and more rags that I can remember on this restoration; my hands ached for weeks:
I used to use Semi-chrome until I was introduced to this stuff years ago by a slot car racing enthusiast. The results are far superior, it's way easier/faster, way cheaper, and leaves an invisible silicone protective film.

Nice bike!


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Hey thanks for the tip!
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Old 02-24-15, 06:06 PM
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Perfection!
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Old 02-24-15, 06:11 PM
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Hey thanks for the tip!
I recommended it because it just shines NOW. I've been there with the aching digits. No fun.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
I used to use Semi-chrome until I was introduced to this stuff years ago by a slot car racing enthusiast. The results are far superior, it's way easier/faster, way cheaper, and leaves an invisible silicone protective film.

Nice bike!

ah good advice
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ah good advice

Wenol is really good stuff too. Red tube for really pitted stuff, blue tube for just polishing.
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