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Completed my Fixte project(7 posts)

Completed my Fixte projectContinental
Dec 31, 2002 7:11 AM
I converted a 1983? Raleigh Olympian that I bought on Ebay about 2 years ago ($97) to get back into road riding. It's a big frame, 27" c-c. I built up the 36 spoke 3 cross rear wheel from a Suzue flip flop hub and a salvaged Araya rim. Gearing is 40 X 17 with 27" X 1 1/4" wheels for a 63.5" gear. There is no gear on the flip side. I borrowed the SPD pedals from my multi-gear road bike. The complete bike weighs in at 24 pounds, not a lightweight because the large frame is constructed of straight wall (unbutted) Chrome Moly tubing. The upside is that the tubing is resistant to my mechanical abuses. I selected the gearing by riding my multigear for 10 miles without shifting or coasting. The things I like best about the bike are the large frame, the fluted LaPrade seatpost, and the old gold Sedis chain. The first upgrade will be a new bottom bracket and crank. There's a little play in the bottom bracket even though the bearings are too tight. The crank arm and chainring are not perfectly true. I've been out for one short ride around the cul de sac last night. I'll ride it about 10- 15 miles today and break myself in slowly.
re: Completed my Fixte projectfixedgearhead
Dec 31, 2002 7:52 AM
A wonderful example of what you can do with very little money and a little bit of effort. I know that you will enjoy the adventure of discovery that fixed gear brings.

happy peddling,

Excellent job........Dave Hickey
Dec 31, 2002 9:46 AM
Very good looking bike. Like you, I have a passion for fluted seatposts.
Nice jobTig
Dec 31, 2002 1:41 PM
Wow, that sure is a tall frame! I like the paint scheme on your bike. The gold head tube really sets it off with a classic flare. If you're patient, you can find a good deal on a crank and/or bottom bracket on eBay. Nice project. Have fun!
I just saw a bunch on there nowspeedisgood
Jan 1, 2003 4:12 PM
Low starting bids too.
I just saw a bunch on there nowContinental
Jan 1, 2003 4:36 PM
Thanks. I'll probably get the one with 42 teeth. The 40-17 I have now seems a little low after my first ride, and I'm sure I'll get stronger.
I think you'll like that better.look271
Jan 2, 2003 8:25 PM
I use a 42 x 17 on my 27" fixie. I can spin all day at 17-18mph w/ that gearing, plus you can still do some substantial hills like that. Nice job on the bike!