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I just finished building the new bike post...(16 posts)

I just finished building the new bike post...tronracer
Nov 2, 2002 5:43 PM
It's a Gilmour...small builder in Arizona. It had cheap frame stickers on it that had to be removed and are going to be replaced pic post.

I don't like how the fork is a typical road geometry fork AND I had to drill it for brakes. In the city, I've found I can't make as sharp a turn like the bianchi pista allowed me to do. Getting around cars has become a bit more difficult in tight traffic, but the bike feels a bit more stable in general. I do like the superb paint job however, I've been banging it around all week and I've yet to see a new knick in the paint.

The bike came with tubular wheels, which won't cut it in the least for me anyway. So, I'm proud to say that this is the first wheelset I ever built myself. I got some different spoke patterns off the web...

The rear is a drive side-crows foot, non-drive-2 cross.
The front is called 3 trailing 3 leading.
I used 14gauge for the rear and 15 gauge for the front.

They've made it through this week and are still true.
The frame needs some stickers though...
*WARNING* Foul languagetronracer
Nov 2, 2002 5:45 PM
I'm thinking about this sticker on the downtube, but does anyone have another suggestion for downtube stickers?
Nov 2, 2002 6:19 PM
keep it. I doubt you would find anything better.
*WARNING* Foul languagewooglin
Nov 2, 2002 7:09 PM
"Fixed Gear Fever" with the appropriate disco graphic. Think John Travolta. I've seen one, or something similar on I'll dig it up when I'm on a better computer.
Did you mean Single speed fever?tronracer
Nov 2, 2002 7:24 PM
it's not really a downtube sticker. But it's on my want list.
that is the BEST sticker! Slick! =) (nm)jtferraro
Nov 2, 2002 8:32 PM
That's the onewooglin
Nov 3, 2002 5:00 AM
but I prefer alliterating (is that a word?) the F's. Backtrack from here and email the woman who runs the site. Apparently she'll put you in touch with Erich, who makes the stickers.
Great build Tron. Perfect............nmDave Hickey
Nov 2, 2002 6:57 PM
Let's see the pics of all the track bikes out there.tronracer
Nov 2, 2002 7:29 PM
I'd like to see all the track bikes or fixie conversions. There's a lot on the nyc bikeworks site, but where's yours?
LOOK carbon Single speedDave Hickey
Nov 3, 2002 4:46 AM
Bianchi Single speedDave Hickey
Nov 3, 2002 4:48 AM
Finished last night, first ride todayTig
Nov 3, 2002 11:37 AM
I had to raid my old parts to help put this together, so please excuse the mismatched wheels and tires. I'll get that in order later. I just had to ride it today, even when absolutely no one in either of my clubs showed up due to the weather except for one hard core guy. They missed out on what ended up being on a rainless, comfortable morning.

It has been over 10 years since I rode a fixed gear bike, but was happy I didn't forget too much. It performed flawlessly. Riding without a computer, gears, or anything else to distract me made me feel more a part of the bike. I'm gonna' enjoy this!

Also, please forgive the nasty purple paint. Hey, for a fine steel lugged frame (local builder Romic, and yes, those are rainbow stripes for a world champion track win) for only $15 at a yard sell, I don't care what color it is!
That ain't so bad.look271
Nov 3, 2002 1:39 PM
You should see my Nishiki commuter. Lavender tubes with dark purple lugs. I call it my "gay-boy" bike (no offense to those of you who may be .....=) ) I have no pictures of it because, frankly, it is one UGLY bike, but I don't have to worry about anyone taking it! BTW-what gear combo are you using?
39 x 15 fixed, 39 x 16 SSTig
Nov 3, 2002 2:32 PM
Since I already had a 39 chain ring sitting around, I decided to use it instead of buying a 42 for the standard 42 X 16 set. The gear inch value is close.

I plan on buying a low cost front wheel and replacing the tires. That should complete it.
What kind of saddle is that? (nm)look271
Nov 2, 2002 7:45 PM
It's an older Selle Italia Flite NMtronracer
Nov 2, 2002 8:18 PM