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Any opinions on Sheldon Brown's (Harris Cyclery) fixed gear.(4 posts)

Any opinions on Sheldon Brown's (Harris Cyclery) fixed gear.chopper
Sep 12, 2002 10:34 AM
kits. I've got an old Schwinn Voyageur frame that I want to build up and was looking into the economy kit he sells. Any opinions on items I should avoid and perhaps upgrade? Here's the link:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed.html#customwheels

Thanks.
Only one area of concern for me.Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 12, 2002 11:01 AM
That Redline chainring. Cheap chainrings are often way off concentrically. If you ever wondered why Campy gets bookoo bucks for their track rings, it's because they're always spot on round - a very important thing for a fixed gear. I've got cheap rings (like the generic that came stock on my Bianchi SS) that slop the chain at one point in the rotation and bind it at another. My Dura-Ace track chainrings are almost perfect. I've got 4 QBP engagement rings ($30) that are a good comporomise in price and quality.

But hey, Sheldon picked this spec personally, so don't listen to me. If he specs the redline, it's probably great.

Alex
One of Sheldon's articles ....Humma Hah
Sep 12, 2002 1:41 PM
... on his website instructs folks on how to screw with a chainring to get it centered.

On the SS cruiser, I've developed a method for shimming old chromed steel chainwheels onto cruiser cranks so they're more or less centered. They're usually horribly off, and that leads to chains getting tossed.

I'm gonna try to score me a Campy Pista track crankset for the Paramount fixie project, but that seems like a waste for a bargain fixie project.
Tell me about your Voyageur, I built one into a SS this summerLone Gunman
Sep 12, 2002 5:29 PM
Mine was the 11.8 model. Solid chrome lugged steel frame, picked it up from the LBS for $65. It had all the components and probably less than 1000 miles on it. Used the BB, headset, brakeset and added a bunch of parts to fit my needs. Ended up with $200 in a wheelset. Went with a Suzue basic track hub from Harris and a front hub that I had been given. The biggest hurdle was the stem, Schwinn used a 21mm stem, not a 22mm and as a result the stem was an 80. I found by luck a 110mm/21mm which was a good fit and did not need to swap out the headset fork and stem just to get a good fit. My total cost was $350 including the $65.

Broken down:
$65-frame fork BB headset brake arches
$200 2 Sun M13II rims 1 rear hub lacing rebuild front hub
$18 stem and bar
$55 ring chain sprockets bolts

Rest of the cost was misc. stuff. You can use BMX stuff that works and save a few bucks.

Harris cycle stuff is more expensive than say Excelsports.com and is basically the same thing.