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Help! my new bike is broken...(pics)(4 posts)

Help! my new bike is broken...(pics)SmogRider
Mar 2, 2003 7:51 PM
So I'm gonna have to Fix it! :-)

(also posted on MTBR SS)

Just picked this up on Friday. It was on consignment for a customer at the LBS. Looked like the cheapo beater fixie project I'd been after. Never done it but dying to try. Been to enough Goodwills, Salvation Armys, thrift shops, etc. so this'll do, pig.
80's (I think) Trek 660. 531 Reynolds, cool old Campy cranks, rings & der.'s.

b My little hotrod.



b Drivetrain



b Reflectors = Safety. Foam = comfort



b Back door action:



b If I could only think of something creative to do with the der. hanger. Hmmmm.



b Progress so far.




the frame's a tad small, so I added an old Salsa 150mm(!) stem I had and a used $5 Ritchey bar. The rear wheel is at the LBS having a used DuraAce hub w/track cog put on my wheel. Here's where the ‘Help' part comes in: Keep the Campy stuff or sell it for $$ and put on whatever crankset I can find? They're 170mm, 42/52t. My plan right now is to keep the stuff and run the 42t with a 17t cog. Good for flat roads? The levers are cool Modolo Speedys too. Can't use ‘em with the flat bar. So parts bin or cash? Still to come: 1 front mtb lever, green Michelin ‘cross tires, egg beaters and lots of not coasting.

Cheers,
HW
"Back door action"...LOLbiknben
Mar 2, 2003 8:57 PM
I 42/17 on the flats may be a bit low. It all depends on how fast you want to go and what cadence if comfortable for you. Personally, I like to spin at around 105 RPM and would probably use a 14 or 15t if the ride was real flat.

Check this out: http://www.fixedwheel.co.uk/tech.htm
Use the first chart to get your gear inches. The second chart provides MPH at specific cadences.

You could always use your geared bike to experiment. Pick a gear before you leave and don't change it (or stop pedaling). See how you feel at the end.
Sounds like a good planTig
Mar 4, 2003 7:32 AM
It looks like you are on the right track with your project. KEEP the Campy stuff, especially the parts you can still use for the fixed bike. It is all perfect for the era of the bike, and classic Campy is hard to beat. A 42 X 17 is fine for spinning unless you like to go fast. Using a 16 will help build strength in headwinds and small hills/bridges as long as you don't grind down your knees. You can still spin at high RPM's with tailwinds or light winds. However, the flat bar may make getting into a good aero position a bit difficult.
thanks. bar options -SmogRider
Mar 4, 2003 12:20 PM
If the flat bar proves to be a pain, the only other option I'm looking at is some Nitto moustache bars. Then I can put the orig. Modolo lever back on too.

keeping the Campy stuff!

Jeff aka SR