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2015 Post Your Singlespeed/Fixed Gear Megathread

Old 04-13-15, 02:07 PM
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Old 04-13-15, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
2011; 4 years too late
its never too late. literally half my stable is almost as old as me

but non fancy toobz makes me sad. oh well at least my brain is satisfied with knowledge

maybe ill try and find a 96 el/os for gears
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Old 04-13-15, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
its never too late. literally half my stable is almost as old as me

but non fancy toobz makes me sad. oh well at least my brain is satisfied with knowledge

maybe ill try and find a 96 el/os for gears
Cheer up. Historically, pista's never came with fancy tubing. At best they were made with columbus cromor and even that was pretty meh at the time compared to what the roadies had.
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Old 04-14-15, 05:30 AM
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Nice looking ride.
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Old 04-14-15, 05:48 AM
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If yall don't mind me returning to the celeste Pista discussion...

Unfortunately has a unicrown fork & nothing special tubing, but if someone really wants chrome stays & fork socks - the current model to look at is Pista Via Condiotti...
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Old 04-14-15, 06:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
is there somewhere that shows all the pistas throughout time?

ive always wanted a celeste one with chrome stays and dropouts and a lugged fork, not sure if that ever existed
forgot the site specifically. but lurking out there is a link to a massive file directory of bike catalogs from the 70s to early 90s. unfortunately, the details on the pista bikes back then are brief. sometimes regulated to a corner of a page. i attempted to use this method to identify the year of a pinarello amatore i had.

chrome undercoat would make sense for a NYC bike.
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Old 04-14-15, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by IAmSam View Post
Unfortunately has a unicrown fork & nothing special tubing, but if someone really wants chrome stays & fork socks - the current model to look at is Pista Via Condiotti...
The color on the Via Condotti is also off... at least to me.

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forgot the site specifically. but lurking out there is a link to a massive file directory of bike catalogs from the 70s to early 90s. unfortunately, the details on the pista bikes back then are brief. sometimes regulated to a corner of a page. i attempted to use this method to identify the year of a pinarello amatore i had.
I believe this is what you're thinking of:

bulgier.net - /pics/bike/Catalogs/

More here:

Bianchi bicycle catalog 80s | 2VELO
VeloBase.com - Catalog Scans
http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/my_bianchi/catalogs.htm (Japanese market)
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Old 04-15-15, 05:24 AM
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yup that's it! bulgier. (bookmarks) thanks man.

since i'm in here...


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Old 04-15-15, 09:43 AM
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So I think I may now have the ultimate practical fixed gear bike. I added fenders and a chainguard to the Motobecane Messenger and a large bungee cord for the rack. All this added another pound to the bike, and it now weighs 24.3 lbs, which is exactly the same as my lightest singlespeed Windsor Clockwork townie. These additions cost me nothing, except a lot of ingenuity and elbow grease, since I used a bunch of old parts. The fenders are ancient pre Soviet era ESGE that are marked "Made in W. Germany." I bobbed the rear fender, so that the wheel can be installed and removed w/o disconnecting the fender from its struts. The fork lacks eyelets, so I used clamps to secure the front fender struts. The rear fender struts were mounted inboard of the dropouts to clear the rack support legs.

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Old 04-15-15, 06:26 PM
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Finally, after three different handlebars and two stems, Im finally happy with it.



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Old 04-15-15, 07:04 PM
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I like this bike, practical yet fun.
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Old 04-17-15, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by sickz View Post
yup that's it! bulgier. (bookmarks) thanks man.

since i'm in here...

What frame is that?
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Old 04-17-15, 02:47 PM
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What frame is that?
EAI bareknuckle
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Old 04-17-15, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
....a chainguard to the Motobecane Messenger...

This is such a useful bike, and handsome to boot!

I have to find a chainguard for the wife's townie. This is nice...remember the details about it?

After using my first chainguard, it didn't take long to realize how much less mucked-up the chain gets in bad weather. Handy, not to mention avoiding those sudden stops with Levis in the chainring.
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Old 04-17-15, 03:16 PM
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This is such a useful bike, and handsome to boot!

I have to find a chainguard for the wife's townie. This is nice...remember the details about it?
Thanks. That chainguard was included with my Kilo WT, but ironically, would not fit on that bike. However, it fits this one perfectly, go figure ! All the chainguards I've seen being sold online require removal of the bottom bracket, and capture of the chainguard support between the BB right fixed cup and the frame's BB shell.
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Old 04-17-15, 05:03 PM
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Here's my Kilo TT. Currently running single speed, which I like for commuting. Getting that itch to flip to fixed however

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Old 04-17-15, 06:52 PM
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... and capture of the chainguard support between the BB right fixed cup and the frame's BB shell.
Yep, that's how mine is attached, but her townie has pressed BB cups and cottered cranks so that's not going to work. Thanks for the reply. I'll keep scouring eb*y for something more vintage.
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Old 04-17-15, 07:29 PM
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Here's my Kilo TT. Currently running single speed, which I like for commuting. Getting that itch to flip to fixed however
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Old 04-18-15, 02:25 PM
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Felt Brougham S/S

A great ride!!

Felt Brougham frame
Velocity Deep V Rims
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Old 04-18-15, 06:17 PM
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Old 04-18-15, 06:44 PM
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Here's my Kilo TT. Currently running single speed, which I like for commuting. Getting that itch to flip to fixed however

Don't forget to make sure the cog and lockring are properly tighted down!
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Damn, that's hott. More pics pls
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Damn, that's hott. More pics pls
I was too damn excited to wait for proper lighting.



















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Love that build so hard.
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