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New fixie candidate....SenorPedro
Nov 12, 2003 11:42 AM
Heres the latest fixie candidate. I have an affinity for the Trek corporation of days gone by, their lugged frames are quite wonderful.

This is my third addition of a steel trek to my stable; True Temper RC2 tubing (similar to OX, cast lugs, snappy handling.

Having done its life of service as a road bike, tourer, commuter, and frankenbike, it now retires into fixie heaven. I have an older Reynolds 531 trek that I planned to fix, but it was in so much better condition that I couldn't bear to make a workhorse, lock-up bike out of it. Thusly the components this bike wore last are now on the older minty version, and vice versa.

Definitely not near completion, but I thought you all might enjoy a tease. I welcome any comments or component suggestions - the goal is a fast, fun, and practical machine.


Red bar tape, red brake cable housing, red saddle, etc. (nm)ss-nyc
Nov 12, 2003 1:17 PM
Don't order from hammerhead bikes!gspot
Nov 12, 2003 3:06 PM
I ordered some parts from them, and they took almost 3 weeks to get here! then, to top it off , the order wasn't even complete! I emailed them about this, and have yet to get a reply, even after 4 days! so don't order from them! i picked the mbecause i could save a couple of bucks over's online QBP catolog, but it was clearly not worth it !
so just order from, if you want service!
Nov 12, 2003 1:28 PM
Cable Housing

Bar tape


Crap that bike would be hot!Trevo
Nov 12, 2003 2:23 PM
Velocity Deep-V red rims..only red.
OK, one more question, cut it off or not...SenorPedro
Nov 12, 2003 3:24 PM
This bike had quite a few chips and big ol bad spots on it, so I bought a little white model paint to touch them up. Well, as I cleaned it up, I just kept taking parts off and sanding. Next thing I know, I am going to have to repaint this thing since it had some hidden rust issues, and the fact that I scrubbed half the paint off.

The question is, since I am going to repaint this thing anyway should I just go all out and hack the derailluer hanger off while I can file and prep? Is that too much commitment? Not enough? Help me - its a dillema.
OK, one more question, cut it off or not...kiwisimon
Nov 12, 2003 3:46 PM
cut it off and all the useless cable stops as well.If your repainting, try fire engine red powdercoating so you can have a frankenkillertomatobike.
good luck and keep posting
simon in japan
hell you should powerdcoat all exposed metal parts
stem bar and seatpost e.t.c
Nov 12, 2003 4:42 PM
Well, this is what happens when you have too much time and ambition. We're down to the frame, still needs some work on trouble spots, but most is sanded down to accept a nice coat of primer.

I am now taking suggestions on frame color! It may end up battleship, er, primer grey for a while though. Also cut off the derailluer hanger or not? Anyone know how to get the shifter bosses off without hacking up the frame?

Nov 12, 2003 4:43 PM
Classic white with red lugs... nmDave Hickey
Nov 13, 2003 4:57 AM
Get a torch...49 X 18
Nov 13, 2003 10:03 AM
...from Home Depot or whatever, a BernzOmatic MAPP/Oxygen cheapie setup, and have at all the extra brazeons-just heat to red and pull them off, don't worry about taking the paint off first, it'll burn right off. After you pull off the brazeons, wire brush the area as you heat it to get off all the extra braze without having to sand it too much after it cools. Get rid of the TT cable guides, the cable stop under the chainstay, those rack mounts on the seatstays, the shift bosses, etc. Also cut off the derailleur hanger and smooth out the dropout. Unless you have a compressor/spray rig and can paint using automotive paint, just spend $50-60 and get it powdercoated. Don't put some lame spray can stuff on it. It will cheapen what could turn out to be a really nice bike. Good luck.
Thanks for the tipDave Hickey
Nov 13, 2003 11:46 AM
I'm going to try that. I hate extra stuff on my SS/Fixed frames.
Just remember...rcmann
Nov 13, 2003 1:38 PM get a brazing torch, not a soldering torch. The brazing torch will have a setup that allows you to use two of the little tanks you can buy anywhere-one is oxygen (red), the other MAPP(yellow, usually) or propane. MAPP burns hotter and is more efficient than propane. Don't be afraid to heat the tubes up to cherry red, it's the only way the braze will flow. It's pretty fun, you'll be finding excuses to braze other stuff. It's kind of like wheelbuilding-most guys who get into it have so much fun that they usually have a bunch of extra rims and spokes lying around. Enjoy yourself.
Re: Brazing setup (and thoughts)soulFixed
Nov 14, 2003 8:43 AM
Dave, Looks like a great project... I just converted an older Univega and have the same issues to address as you, i.e. hack hanger, remove all braze-ons, etc. I've done a fair amount of frame repair/brazing with a MAPP gas "Super Torch" and they work well. The two bottle setup is only needed when brazing the drop outs and maybe bb area due to heat absortion with the thicker material in those pieces. I actually reconstruted an entire rear triangle of a frame with one, but the aforementioned spots were challenging. I now use an oxy/acetylene setup. I haven't removed shifter bosses before and it's possible they may be drilled through the down top (???) - something to look out for. I know some chainstay and seat stay bridges are let-in to the stays. In those cases I've taken a piece of tubing, made diamond-shaped plates and brazed over the holes. I look forward to seeing the final product. Have fun.

Dremel tool with cut off wheel and grinding wheel works fineTig
Nov 15, 2003 5:48 PM
I just cut my braze ons down to size with only a slight section of raised material left. Luckily, my daughter had the exact same color of fingernail polish as my bike frame's paint! A bit of clear and all looks fine. Maybe if my paint was in bad shape I'd repaint the frame, but it still has a few years of life left in it.
I vote remove the derailleur hanger(if it isn't too difficult)nmjtferraro
Nov 13, 2003 12:00 PM
difficult...haha Mr. hacksaw makes it easy.....haha NMgspot
Nov 13, 2003 12:33 PM
Do the spots in black rustoleum, make a Dalmation. nmdzrider
Nov 14, 2003 8:40 AM
That would be a Holstien, not a Dalmation. (nm)TFerguson
Nov 15, 2003 10:35 AM