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Your turn: Build MY bike thread...(3 posts)

Your turn: Build MY bike thread...biknben
Oct 2, 2002 10:12 AM
I'm in the process of "Dumbster Diving" (credit to LFR) to build a fixed commuter. I had a digital last night and started snapping shots of everything.

How is it that in all this mess and mayhem:

I'm still not able to get this project completed?

I actually made a major step towards completion. I ordered a fixed/free wheel and accessories this week. Other than that, the LBS gave me an old carbon fork. I have to cut more thread in it though. Most other parts I still have from the original bike. Once I get that wheel, I should be golden.
Here Goes...Gregory Taylor
Oct 2, 2002 10:44 AM
Wheelset - Suzue hi-flange hubs. Flip-flop rear. Mavic MA2 rims if you can find them. Build with DT 14/15 spokes. If you are using Damon Rinard's Spokecalc to figure spoke length, the Suzue rear hub as the same dimensions as the Sturmy Archer 3 speed. (Got that bit of advice from Sheldon Brown hisself!) Pack the hub with Phil Wood grease before riding it any distance.

Crank - whatever you can scrounge. If you stay with parts from Scuderia Dumpster, there are tons of old Sugino cranks out there on mid-level bikes from the 70's and 80's. Good stuff. Don't get too hung up on the length - I ride 175mm cranks on my fixie and seem to get away with it fine, even riding fairly agressively. Nashbar sells some nify, cheap chainrings in many sizes. I like cranks with a 110mm bolt circle pattern.

Bar/Stem - whatever you can find in the appropriate length. If dumpster diving, stay away from stuff pulled from old French bikes because a lot of them have odd sized quills.

Bottom Bracket -- Shimano UN52. Cheap and tough.

Brakes -- Could be tricky here. Is this a 27" or 700C frameset? If you are putting 700C wheels on an old 27" frameset, you will have to use long reach brakes. Old Shimano single pivots (found in the finest trashpiles) work fine. New shoes, and they are great.

Gearing -- at least 75 gear inches. I run a 46 x 16.

Saddle -- Selle Italia Flite. The cheap one, in black.
new project idea...Steve_0
Oct 2, 2002 11:09 AM
clean the workarea!