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New project bike-Fixie.(4 posts)

New project bike-Fixie.SnowBlind
Feb 24, 2003 7:30 AM
So this weekend I bought a "project" bike to make into a SS/fixed gear.
It is a late 80's, Sekai 2500, CrMo frame with Campy dropouts.
The poor thing had been converted to a "comfort bike".
So here are the questions:

Brakes? I have ride this thing on the street and the Bike Trail. Both require at least a front brake by law.

Rust: It has a small amount of rust on the seat stays. How to best remove? Just steel wool and primer? or some magic product?
Reach: do you use the same setup as your road bike or more/less agressive?

Crank: Has a Sugino triple on it. Nothing a little lube won't fix, but any changes needed here?

Thanks!
re: New project bike-Fixie.curlupanddie
Feb 24, 2003 12:29 PM
Congrats on the new bike!

brakes: I ride with a front brake only, and it seems like most others do too. if you're new to fixies, this may seem a little sketchy to you, and you might want to run a rear brake as well through the beginning of the learning curve, and then remove it when you get the hang of leg-braking. I've also tried brakeless. It's as scary as anything I've ever done on a bike. I'd avoid that setup like the plauge if I were you.

Rust: steel wool is the only fix I know. I guess Rustoleum primer is an inhibitor too, so you might want to use that.

Reach: I went with a bit shorter of a stem for braking leverage and maneuverability, but that's just me. I don't really know what's common here.

Cranks: just get rid of the rings you don't need, and you're set.
Thanks!SnowBlind
Feb 24, 2003 3:01 PM
Ordered the stem, hub (Surly) and rims (Campy Montreal), gonna take steel wool to it when I can.
re: New project bike-Fixie.desmo
Feb 24, 2003 8:23 PM
hopefully just surface rust, but Naval Jelly works good, and steel wool. should probaly treat the inside of the tubes with Framesaver as well before you put everything back together.

make your setup comfortable. remember you can't coast to stretch/stand or pull your shorts out of your crack. you'll need to ride in drops more than a regular road bike so keep the saddle to bar drop reasonable.

front brake only is fine. just make sure it's a good one and run Cool Stops or similar quality pad. also use a lever that's easy to pull from the hoods (some vintage ones have terrible leverage).