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2015 Post Your Singlespeed/Fixed Gear Megathread

Old 05-22-15, 05:58 PM
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Old 05-23-15, 09:46 AM
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love the bike..killer look. what kind of stem, bullhorn and brake levers you used? thank you
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First SS build. Pake Rum Runner

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Old 05-23-15, 07:24 PM
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First SS build. Pake Rum Runner

Clean and simple. I dig it.

Now, center the valve stems in the tire logo and get black valve covers and you are set.
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Old 05-23-15, 08:01 PM
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With my pile of nicer vintage geared bikes growing alarmingly deep, I was struggling to find a justification for keeping my crusty old '72 Super Course. Solution: turn it into a fixie.

It worked; I'm actually riding it again. Frame by Raleigh, wheels by Alex, leather by Brooks, wood by me & my table saw.





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homebrew wooden fenders? super dope.
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Yeah, those fenders are beautiful. Nicest job I've ever seen.
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Props on those wooden fenders.
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Old 05-24-15, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
With my pile of nicer vintage geared bikes growing alarmingly deep, I was struggling to find a justification for keeping my crusty old '72 Super Course. Solution: turn it into a fixie.

It worked; I'm actually riding it again. Frame by Raleigh, wheels by Alex, leather by Brooks, wood by me & my table saw.


How did you bend them? Steam? Gorgeous.
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Old 05-24-15, 11:03 AM
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You could probably go into business making those fenders.
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Old 05-24-15, 11:29 AM
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Props on those wooden fenders.
Ditto.
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Old 05-24-15, 12:28 PM
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How did you bend them? Steam? Gorgeous.
No steam needed. It's a sandwich of three very thin layers of wood sliced off on the tablesaw then planed down to about 3/32"; thin enough to bend easily. (The top layer, for the two-tone effect, was itself cut from a block made by sandwiching a piece of fir between two pieces of cedar.) Just slather the appropriate sides with wood glue then clamp the three thin strips together around an old rim you're not using, and let it dry. Once dry and unclamped the wood springs back enough to make up the difference in diameter so that tires will fit under the fenders. Trim the edges square on the tablesaw, carve out as much as needed on the front fender to get it to fit between the fork legs, then sand and varnish.

It's homemade plywood, basically, and therefore a lot tougher than a single strip of steam-bent lumber. And a lot less of a hassle.

Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
You could probably go into business making those fenders.
I might make a batch of a dozen pairs of so, since I've got so much lumber lying around. The real trick is fitting the fender to a particular bike, making the hardware just right so it hangs the right way for a certain tire size, etc. If you've ever mounted fenders, you know what I'm talking about. There's no perfect hardware kit, and there's a lot of futzing around.
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Old 05-24-15, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
No steam needed. It's a sandwich of three very thin layers of wood sliced off on the tablesaw then planed down to about 3/32"; thin enough to bend easily. (The top layer, for the two-tone effect, was itself cut from a block made by sandwiching a piece of fir between two pieces of cedar.) Just slather the appropriate sides with wood glue then clamp the three thin strips together around an old rim you're not using, and let it dry. Once dry and unclamped the wood springs back enough to make up the difference in diameter so that tires will fit under the fenders. Trim the edges square on the tablesaw, carve out as much as needed on the front fender to get it to fit between the fork legs, then sand and varnish.

It's homemade plywood, basically, and therefore a lot tougher than a single strip of steam-bent lumber. And a lot less of a hassle.
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That's really smart. Stylin' for sure.
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Old 05-24-15, 08:03 PM
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old reliable.
Niiiiice!!!
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Old 05-25-15, 12:52 PM
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Well played with the gumwalls...
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Well played with the gumwalls...
Thank you.
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Old 05-26-15, 01:02 AM
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Here's my BLB la Piovra Air ltd (fluo yellow) with Notorious 90's.

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Old 05-26-15, 07:06 AM
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Here's my BLB la Piovra Air ltd (fluo yellow) with Notorious 90's.



Some black pedals and this thing would disappear at sunset.
Stealth bike.
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speaking of, what pedals are those @Sanderdev, look? theyre dope.
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Some black pedals and this thing would disappear at sunset.

Hopefully.


Hehe....
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Old 05-27-15, 03:55 AM
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speaking of, what pedals are those @Sanderdev, look? theyre dope.
Haha cheers, maybe not to everyone's taste but I quite like the stealth look witch some fluo accents. The pedals are Look's, modelname PP 76. I haven't found out if they were limited or not, can't find much about them. They were NOS and the fluo yellow matches the frame, so I put them on.
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The "stealth look" is cool, I'm just not a huge fan of fat tubed, uber modern looking bikes, especially on the street, for daily riding. I feel like it would feel weird riding something like that up to the grocery store or to grab a coffee.
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The "stealth look" is cool, I'm just not a huge fan of fat tubed, uber modern looking bikes, especially on the street, for daily riding. I feel like it would feel weird riding something like that up to the grocery store or to grab a coffee.
agreed. better be on it riding hard or not at all.
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