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My new single speed project ... any suggestions(10 posts)

My new single speed project ... any suggestions853
Jul 24, 2002 8:46 AM
Just picked it up yesterday...Man I love it's shape.
another one...853
Jul 24, 2002 8:47 AM
last one...853
Jul 24, 2002 8:48 AM
Great SS project...........Dave Hickey
Jul 24, 2002 11:11 AM
Bullhorn bars are a must. Also, Campy Delta or the old Dura Ace(EX?) aero brakes would look real cool.

I've built two single speeds and know you've got me thinking about my third. My wife is not going to be happy!
this is the retro board.SteveO
Jul 24, 2002 11:17 AM
no bullhorns. and non-aero brakes a must!
I remember in the early 90's pro's where...853
Jul 24, 2002 11:49 AM
Using these 650cc front wheel bikes w/only bullhorns.
Aero bars where still not out.

I was going thru my spare parts bin:

San Sarco Rolls seat (of course in white w/ gold trim)
8 speed Dura-ace cranks
old dia-compe cheapo brakes
A set of regular bars (I was thinking about turning these up-side down and cutting them...ala spirito)
for brakes levers I was looking thru a CC catalouge and saw some Cane Creek bar end TT levers(polished) for 20 bucks.
lets see... I also found a stem I could use
I'm mainly missing wheels...that's the hard part
This will be a single speed not a fixed...to many up's a downs where I live, most of the stuff around here I climb in a 39x21 on a good day, a 46x16 won't work for me!
Dura Ace AX group circa 1982. look's pretty retro to meDave Hickey
Jul 24, 2002 12:08 PM
cowhorn's - late '83, aero brakes '82Spirito
Jul 24, 2002 2:27 PM
and that frame is close to 87 or 88 in my guess. so using both aero brakes and cowhorn's would be period correct and anything else would look pretty silly indeed.

cinelle tt (cowhorn) bars were made when they were still using the old (read retro) 26.4 diameter. prior to this teams were chopping road bars as early as 1980.

TT bikes and small front wheels were made by almost all the big frame builders from the early 80's and the frame 853 has is classic in my opionon as no current makers i know are making aero TT frames in steel with chrome. this example is even lugged. they deserve recognition and will appreciate in value.

francesco moser rode a similar styled frame and he would be close to if not already 50 years old.

nothing is a must for a classic or retro bike - sure there is a consensus of what is or was used but often its about the vibe and aesthetic otherwise we race bike owners would all be stitching tubulars. i love tubulars but even i have given up and concede there is very little merit in using them for my purposes.
82, 83, 87, 90s, Retro? Guess i just dated myself.SteveO
Jul 25, 2002 3:15 AM
Durn, another short-coupled seatpost!Humma Hah
Jul 24, 2002 2:15 PM
OK, that makes TWO I've ever seen with the funky bent seatpost, and the other one is sitting right behind me, MY SS project bike, a 74 Paramount.

My advice:

1. To climb hills, pedal harder.

2. To go faster, pedal faster.

3. Don't let the gearies pass you.