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Building up a cheap FixieKRider
Sep 9, 2003 4:50 PM
I want to build up a Surly Steamroller, but I would like to know the cheapest way to do it (on a very tight budget). I am willing to spring the 4 bills on the frame, but I want to keep it under $1000 (as far under as I can). Any tips/hints/suggestions are welcome!

Also, is it wise to build it with brakes or without? I want to learn with a front (safety) brake then progress to no this wise?


here are some suggestionsstratoshark
Sep 10, 2003 9:40 AM
Nose around the bike shop, look in sale bins, talk to the staff about what you are doing. They may help you out, finding new or used parts you can use for cheap. Seatposts, saddles, stems, cranks are items they may have swapped out from other bikes.

Try nashbar, performance and the other catalog sellers for low prices on stems, bars, seatposts. Don't forget all the little things, like bar tape, rim tape, tubes, bottle cage(s) etc.

Also, try www.sheldonbrown/harris for the Harris Cyclery site. Sheldon is a fixie guru with lots of info and parts available. Fixed gear kits are available on the site, check those out. The wheels available there look like good deals too. I bought a track hub and cog there after getting quick e-mail responses from Sheldon on my questions/concerns.

Good luck. I really enjoyed the conversion project on my old bike, and I ride it as much as possible.
Plan on keeping the brakeLC
Sep 10, 2003 10:01 AM
The only time you can go without brakes is in a controlled environment like the track. If a big truck slams on the brakes in front of you then you better hope it is carrying a load of pillows ;)

Sometimes you can find a donor bike, that is cracked or been in an accident to get a good deal on the parts. There is always eBay and bike swap meets too.
buy usedlaffeaux
Sep 10, 2003 3:54 PM
Buy an older used bike with horizontal drop outs, then buy a new rear wheel. You can do it for under $500, and get just as much bike.
buy usedflybyvine
Sep 10, 2003 8:27 PM
DOn't even need to buy a new rear wheel if you can get a cheap donor with a screw on freewheel. Just need to change out the axle for 120mm spacing, screw on a track cog & use a bottom bracket lockring (and some loctite).
re: Building up a cheap FixieSmogRider
Sep 18, 2003 10:37 AM
check for Surly frames & complete bikes.

Or, like several have mentioned here and done, including myself, find and old steel frame and convert it. I found an '84 Trek 660 for $100 complete and stripped the shifters, cassette, der.'s and rear brake. Viola! Fixed commuter for under $200.

Keep the front brake. Seriously.