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single speed question(6 posts)

single speed questionbeantownbiker
May 30, 2002 10:41 AM
i am looking for a low profile road bike frame to convert to a single speed. I live in the city and was wondering what sort of frames would satisfy my budget, and still maintain quality. ANy other advice regarding my single speed road/city bike? What type of rear hub would be best? how about the bottom bracket?
re: single speed questionbigskulls
May 30, 2002 11:13 AM
I keep looking for similar things too - what's your budget?

I assume when you say "budget" you mean relatively cheap. Are you planning on making it a fixie or a free SS? The thing about the frame is you want something with horizontal drop outs if at all possible. Old track bikes work well. You can fiddle with the chain length if you don't have horizontal dropouts, but its a little more complicated.

For the hub, you need to find something with the proper spacing in the back. I have a cruiser SS with a Surly 1x1 "flip flop" hub. You take the wheel off, turn it around, and you can go from a fixie cog on one side to a SS freewheel on the other. Also gives you two different gearing options. You can have them built up on a 700c rim, but I believe they are 135mm spacing in the back, not the 130 for road bike frames. I'm not sure if they make a 130 version, but I'd bet they do.

If you get an older frame, it may have narrower spacing still than the 130, and then you'd have to find a track hub of some kind.

For frames, I've had my eye on a the reynolds lugged frame at Sdeals in the UK. they shut down their website, however. Other than that, there's always Ebay.....search for fixed gear and see what you get....
single speedctisevn
May 30, 2002 12:00 PM
I just built up a SS, a fixed gear actually. I went with a Surly Steamroller frame which is fairly cheap and had spicer cycles build me some wheels on suzue promax hubs. the rear hub is a flip flop so if you chose you cold run a fixed cog on one side and freewheel on the other. The total $ if you buy new and have wheels built and buy new components might be a bit much but if you shop around you can likely find a used steamer or at least the frame. spicers the best deal I found on wheels too, they are a bit hard to find used. I think I paid 300 bucks for the set with cog/lockiring/2 hutchinson tires and 4 tubes. Great wheels and I really like the bike.
Try this:madstork
May 30, 2002 12:01 PM
www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/ and hit the fixed gear or singlespeed links. Lots of information on frames and equipment.
Pista!?!?!?tronracer
May 30, 2002 12:13 PM
The Bianchi Pista is $550, new. No hassles looking for special parts. And you get a no nonsense 531 frame everything stealth black, and a flip-flop hub. I guess that's why I see a lot around. The paint job kinda sucks though, but you can tape it up like the couriers. Then, no paint chips from locking it up.

If your still bent on the used road frame... get a suzue promax flip flop hub.

Just my 2 bits
A Boston suggestionAlpedhuez55
May 30, 2002 6:40 PM
I am also from Boston and would suggest Paramount Bike Repair in Somerville. Tyler is a great Mechanic and very knowledgeable with fixed gears. He is a former courrier and works on and sells a lot of fixed gear and single speed bikes. He will have a variety of track and hubs such as Surly, Suzue, Sovos and Campy. I also think you might be able to get a good deal on a Surly Steam Roller since I think he has a couple in stock that he would like to get rid of. Here is a link to his shop.

http://www.paramountbicycle.com/

I use a wheel set he built for me on Suzue Hubs with Sun CR18 and Rhyno Lite rims on my commuter bike. My bike is an old Centurian Road Bike frame that I converted to a single speed/fixie with the flip flop hub. The Suzue is a decent hub but you will want to add grease to it from time to time. It retails for about $30-40. You can also chek some of the local trift shops for a used frame with horozontal dropouts.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Good Luck!!!
Mike Y.