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Surly,Fuji,or convert my B'stone?(7 posts)

Surly,Fuji,or convert my B'stone?crosstrained
Nov 10, 2003 10:51 AM
Im new to this fixed gear stuff,and need some opinions. Am i better off buying a complete bike such as a Surly or Fuji, or converting my Bridgestone RB-T? The b'stone handles really well, is in good condition,and has room for fenders,etc. It also has semi-horizontal dropouts and cantilever brakes.
re: Surly,Fuji,or convert my B'stone?crosstrained
Nov 10, 2003 10:56 AM
I plan to use the bike for a 6 mile round trip commute to work as well as running errands.
Bridgestone all the way Bstone=surly coolx2 (nm)bungalowbill
Nov 10, 2003 1:06 PM
re: Surly,Fuji,or convert my B'stone?Roundabout
Nov 10, 2003 1:16 PM
Convert. It's easy and cheap. I converted an old Motobecane touring bike and it is a great fixie ride. The cost is low enough that you will never have any regrets. You can always spend more money later. If I ever win the lottery, I might go for a custom Ti fixie.
re: Surly,Fuji,or convert my B'stone?ukiahb
Nov 21, 2003 11:58 AM
I'd also say convert the Bridgestone as it sounds like an ideal candidate and I agree w/ the other poster that well done conversions are waaaay cooler than the low end track bikes (but I'm biased of course)...also it would be better to go the low buck route until you know if FG riding does it for you. I converted an old Austro-Damlier about a year ago (conversion cost was about $30) and love it, especially for winter/rain riding. Now that I'm hooked, I'll feel better about blowing some $$$'s on some really nice wheels and tires for it sometime soon.
Nov 24, 2003 9:57 AM
if you have horizontal dropouts (or close enough) then there's no question. Sounds like the frame is so ideal for this that it'd be worth it to buy one with fixie in mind. Given it's already yours this becomes a no brainer. Plus, you said that it handles well. done & done.

post some pics now & when it's complete.

B'stone. A no-brainer.KG 361
Nov 27, 2003 3:43 PM
I converted an old Bianchi and an old Gitane to fixies. Both work great and were cheap. You own the B'stone. All that you need is a hub and a re-lace job on the rear wheel, a cog, some work on the crank and you're good to go. Plus they're both a whole lot cooler than a low-end track bike =)