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Found a nice old bike, now what?theBreeze
Sep 25, 2003 5:21 PM
I had an old Trek 360 bike practically fall into my lap today. This sweet little old bike has been sitting around my fav LBS all summer and I finally asked about it today. The owner will let me have it in exchange for a couple dozen cookies! I am looking to convert it to single speed initially, with the eventual goal of changing to fixed gear. I'm looking at it as a fun project for the fall/winter.

Everything looks pretty good on it. The dropouts are short horizontal with a little screw that goes through the back to center the wheel. The frame is in good shape, knicks and scratches, but no rust that I can see.

Been thinking about trying ss &/or fixed for a while. I considered something new, Bianchi Pista or Fuji, or building up something old. Trouble is I'm small and small frame sizes just don't show up that often. Now I've found this one for essentially nothing and it's hard to resist.

Any input would be appreciated.

Take your time...SenorPedro
Sep 25, 2003 7:20 PM
Save up some money, get some choice bits that you think will really set your bike off. You can respace and redish the rear wheel and thread on a freewheel or cog - or build a real fixed gear wheel with a flip flop. I have 2 treks of the mid to late 80's vintage and absolutely love them, one is in the process of getting fixed.

By the way, that is an awesome deal you are getting.
easy, take off thedesmo
Sep 25, 2003 8:32 PM
ders., shifters, dropout adjuster screws and chainrings. remount inner chainring in stock location with short "BMX" bolts. have your LBS remove the freewheel from the rear wheel. install a BMX single speed freewheel ( I doubt you will have to redish, but have LBS check if so). cut chain to proper length. viola, single speed. if you want fixed on the cheap, thread on a track cog instead of the BMX freewheel and use a BB lockring as a jam nut. not totally Kosher but if you're using brakes it's an alternative until you can afford a track hub. here's one I just did.
Thanks, great pic.theBreeze
Sep 26, 2003 5:40 AM
Thanks for the ideas. The photo is great. That's almost exactly what this one looks like (sans fenders) down to the white bar tape.

Yeah, this is too good of a deal to pass up. I think it's worth making dark chocolate chunk brownies!
Sep 26, 2003 6:52 AM
half the fun of buildig a fixie is doing it yourself.

Desmo has the process though. If your unfamiliar with bike tools, ask the LBS for the tools necessary to remove the freewheel (under 20 bucks - and you'll have them forever). Take the freewheel off; screw on a BMX freewheel. AGree with desmo that redishing is highly unlikely.

Then take off anything remotely shifting-oriented.
Why would you have to redish?...TFerguson
Sep 27, 2003 10:27 AM
You haven't changed the hub any by just changing the freewheel. Or are you saying that you might have to move spacers on the hub to get the proper chain line and then have to redish the wheel?

Very likely it is unnecessary ...Humma Hah
Sep 27, 2003 2:09 PM
... If starting from an old 7-speed, for example, depending on the dropout spacing the wheel was meant for, the hub may be scooched over to the left a little to make room for the corncob ... er, freewheel. In other words, the wheel was originally dished to make room for the corncob.

So going back to fixed gear or single like God intended, you might move spacers around a little to get the hub back to the center, and then tweak the spokes to put the rim where it belongs. The resulting wheel has the spokes more symetrical, and is just a little nicer-looking.

Changing from fixed to SS should not require a re-dish unless you do it by putting on some Frankencob rebuilt corncob to achieve a SS freewheel.