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My new SS is done(15 posts)

My new SS is donepat1
Aug 12, 2002 10:29 AM
Here's a photo of my new Singlespeed. It started with a $45 Tange Ultimate Prestige frame from and a bunch of old upgraded parts from the bin. After a couple of rides, I switched the 42x18 to 42x16. I almost like this bike better than my high$$ gearie!
very very coolSpirito
Aug 12, 2002 10:32 AM
what is the frame like? any half good comment will have almost all here that fit the 2 sizes buying one as its unbeleivable value.

looks nicely set-up. enjoy.

very very coolJackDanielsFSU
Aug 12, 2002 10:53 AM
I have that exact frame for my greared bike (im a poor college student) and the frame rides great. Next summer when I grad from school I will be buying another bike and was thiking of turning it into a SS as well.
Only "almost"?Humma Hah
Aug 12, 2002 10:57 AM
... give it time, it'll grow on you!
Is that a singleator or a derailleur?Steve_0
Aug 12, 2002 10:59 AM
(cant tell in the pic)

looks nice, either way.
Very well done...Dave Hickey
Aug 12, 2002 11:02 AM
I have one question. Why the chain tensioner? Does the bike have vertical dropouts?

My Bianchi SS has become my daily ride. I was looking at my Dura Ace 9 speed/LOOK sitting in the garage this weekend and I can't remember the last time I rode it. Dallas is very flat and I've found I prefer single speed.
More Detailspat1
Aug 12, 2002 12:05 PM
Chuck has 57 and 59 cm frames available. I ride a Specialized 56, and the 57 is about the same size. It has a low bottom bracket and generous top tube. Standard 68 mm bottom bracket and 1 inch head tube. It has very nice welds and a chain hanger and pump peg. I picked up the frame directly from Chuck, and it was wrapped in newsprint from Taiwan. It had a few minor scratches and blemishes, but for $45 who cares. After a quick simple green cleaning and waxing, it shines like brushed Ti. I have not weighed the bike yet, but it is very light for a steel frame.

It does have a Surley Singleator due to the vertical drop-outs. Here's a closer shot of the drivetrain:
did you have trouble w/chain line?colker
Aug 12, 2002 12:46 PM
vert. drop outs allow for a clean chainline?
did you have trouble w/chain line?pat1
Aug 12, 2002 12:52 PM
No problem at, in fact, it's got a nearly "perfect" chainline. This is easy since I'm using a 9-speed shimano cassette hub (Ritchey Comp). Just throw on a bunch of old spacers, a Shimano DX BMX cog, lockring, and your all set.
Thanks for the clarificationDave Hickey
Aug 12, 2002 12:56 PM
Are you using a regular cog or a BMX cog? It looks like you're using a standard 8/9 speed rear hub. I do the same thing and it works great. I found a BMX cog( Excel Sports $4.95) is much safer than a regular multi-speed cog.
Yes, it's a BMX cogpat1
Aug 12, 2002 1:49 PM
I used Excel for the bits/pieces, including a 16 and 18 tooth BMX cog ($4.95). I also bought a few spacers and scavenged some from some old cassettes that I had. Excel also provided the Surly Singleator. Kind of pricey at $40, but it is very nicely machined. If anyone orders a singleator, also pick up a 18 mm cone wrench. You need this to properly tension the singleator, and of course I had only sizes 13 to 17 mm in my toolbox!

I also purchased some alloy accents AL chainring bolts to use the 42t chainring a a single. On the first ride, I stripped two of them out and had to limp home. At $10.95 these were a waste. One quick trip to the LBS netted 5 GT steel chainring bolts for $4, problem fixed.
re: My new SS is doneWalter
Aug 12, 2002 5:08 PM
Very nicely done.

Actually both bikes in the thread look good with that frame. A little tall for me though the 57 would probably fit (I usually ride a 55-56 measured CtoC).

I better not go there. :-)
hey walt ...... :-)Spirito
Aug 12, 2002 10:33 PM
i think they are 57 c-t

sorry, but im the cat amongst pigeons :-)

hey walt ...... :-)Walter
Aug 13, 2002 12:03 PM
When the divorce proceedings start will you be a character reference so I can at least get visitation rights? :-)
hehe :-)Spirito
Aug 13, 2002 2:40 PM
you know you have a problem when you are on a karaoke night and you devote that great romantic ballad to your mrs. from either genesis or phil collins - "one more bike".