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Diary of a Fixed Gear Conversion(15 posts)

Diary of a Fixed Gear Conversionbigrider
Dec 30, 2003 4:58 PM
What a better way to spend the holidays than sitting in the garage eating cookies and candy and building up a fixed gear. My Christmas gift to myself started with a friend selling me an old Dawes steel frame. He threw in a BB, crank, wheelset, two tires, and a handlebar and stem for 60 bucks. I bought a rear cog, some handlebar tape, a chain and bummed the right size stem, brake levers, and handlebar from another friend.

The project began with a ceremonial grinding of the unrequired brake guides and shifter bosses.
re: Diary of a Fixed Gear Conversionbigrider
Dec 30, 2003 5:00 PM
After grinding was completed ( I didn't do a good job ) I started the painting process. I started with high quality paint from the Dollar General Store which cost me a buck a can.

The first coat was gray primer on the bare metal areas but I decided to prime the whole thing after I roughed up the original paint with fine sandpaper.
re: Diary of a Fixed Gear Conversionbigrider
Dec 30, 2003 5:01 PM
The gold paint was next with three coats followed by three coats of clear. I could of done better if I had taken my friend's advice to use steel wool or very fine sandpaper after the last coat of gold. He said it would smooth the surface and make the clear coat really shine. I was still happy with the results, and only one small run in the paint.
re: Diary of a Fixed Gear Conversionbigrider
Dec 30, 2003 5:02 PM
Chain alignment came next and started by manipulating the crank and the rear hub. The crank had a permanently attached big ring that was taken off by a grinder. The small ring was placed on the inside of the crank arm with the spacer on the outside.
re: Diary of a Fixed Gear Conversionbigrider
Dec 30, 2003 5:03 PM
I used some spacers on the rear hub out of my parts bin. I took out a spacer and replaced it with two spacers of a combined equal width ( no change in overall width of the hub). After I got the chain line close I redished the wheels.
re: Diary of a Fixed Gear Conversionbigrider
Dec 30, 2003 5:06 PM
I installed the brake lever and took the unused lever off the brake hood to proclaim to the world I am riding this rig fixed.

After about five hours of fun in the garage the only thing left is handlebar tape and decals. What should go on the decals? Any suggestions?
re: Diary of a Fixed Gear Conversiontmotz
Dec 30, 2003 5:17 PM
After seeing the giant head tube,I have to ask how tall are you?
What do you mean by redish the wheel?
redishing and heightbigrider
Dec 30, 2003 5:43 PM
I am only 6'2" and this bike is a real close fit for me because I don't have a lot of length in my legs but need a long top tube. You can see there is not a lot of seatpost showing.

By redishing the wheel I mean you loosen the spokes on one side and tighten on the other. This makes the rim move its position. When mounted on the frame with the washers I used, the wheel was off center. You redish until the wheel tracks straight in the center. It sounds much harder to do than it is to do it.
redishing and heighttmotz
Dec 30, 2003 5:55 PM
I just found redish info from sheldon brown's website.
Do you need a wheel truing tool to do this.
I have a old Fuji that would make a great singlespeed.
redishing and heightbigrider
Dec 30, 2003 6:04 PM
Nah
Just stick it on your bike AFTER you get your chainline straight. If your wheel is already true just loosen one side a full turn and then tighten the other side a full turn. Repeat until the tire is directly tracking in the center of the frame.
redishing and heighttmotz
Dec 30, 2003 6:21 PM
Thanks bigrider

I'm now thinking this could be a project for my 9 year old son and I.
Just have to get a single gear from local shop.
Check this out...SenorPedro
Dec 30, 2003 7:05 PM
www.fixedgeargallery.com has loads and loads of inspiration, plus there are some good links and tutorials linked to the site.

All you really need is a spokewrench, cone wrenches, and your frame.
Its Colnago time!!!! :) nmthe bull
Dec 30, 2003 7:05 PM
WooHoo!!! post this in the fixed forum... { NM }gspot
Dec 30, 2003 8:59 PM
WooHoo!!! post this in the fixed forum... { NM }Welshboy
Dec 31, 2003 10:47 AM
No. Leave it here. It's education for the uninitiated!

I've been out on mine today - excellent stuff!