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History of Faggin Bikes?(9 posts)

History of Faggin Bikes?pat1
Aug 21, 2002 12:19 PM
I have a carpenter working at my house, and when he saw my stable of bikes, he mentioned that he has one to give to me. Apparently he bought it several years ago for $50 from a teenager who had discovered girls/cars and lost interest in cycling. He said it is a "Faggin" bike and the frame is part painted red and part chrome. Anyone know anything about this bike? He just wants to give it away, so maybe I'll build another singlespeed/fixie. Thanks.
re: History of Faggin Bikes?Walter
Aug 21, 2002 4:25 PM
A name I've heard off and on for years though I doubt I've seen more than 1 or 2. Italian builder though the current line-up seems to be marketed thru a German distributor. As I recall the name has always been considered pretty good quality but never a big presence in the US.

You're getting Italian steel in red and chrome (the
i correct
combo) for free? Man you can't beat that. Hell, if you don't like it I'll give you my address and money for shipping. :-)

Check your decals and components before stripping for a fixie. It may be a "keeper" and is rare enough in the US to complement an Italian collection.
re: History of Faggin Bikes?tronracer
Aug 22, 2002 9:31 AM
Apparantly from what I've heard they are of very decent Italian quality. Not in the same league as a De Rosa or Cinelli from back in the day, but more like a De Bernardi. Whenever I've seen them for sale, it always seems as though they're cheaper than they should be. Yet, no matter how cheap it is, I don't have the guts to ride a bike around that says "FAGGIN".
re: History of Faggin Bikes?gtx
Aug 22, 2002 5:31 PM
I have one in the same color combo. Nice riding, good quality bike. Can't tell you anything about the builder, though.
re: History of Faggin Bikes?pat1
Aug 26, 2002 8:18 AM
Well, I got ahold of the freebie this weekend. It's in very rough shape and has been heavily bastardized over the years. Nice lugged steel frame, engraved lugs with "Faggin" engraved on the BB shell lug. No other I.D. info anywhere on the frame, no headbadge or tubing decal. Frame has Campy horizontal dropouts. Current components are Cinelli stem/bar, SR crank, cheapo chrome steel rims, suntour index 6 spd. shifters and rear der., Shimano 600 braze-on front dr., black Modolo brakes, and old dura-ace brake levers.

Given the condition, I'm still tempted to use this as a fixie, but it will need new wheels. What do you think? Trash or treasure? At least it was free.
Very nice bike...........Dave Hickey
Aug 26, 2002 12:45 PM
Why do you need new wheels? Are the freewheel threads english? If so, thread on a track cog and you're good to go. That is a really nice looking frame.
Very nice bike...........pat1
Aug 26, 2002 1:06 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I am assuming the freewheel threads are English since it has a suntour 6 sp. freewheel? I currently have a singlespeed, but not a fixie. Is a track cog all that I need, or do I need a lockring too? I guess that I could just repair the current wheels (lots of real loose spokes) for fixie usage. Also, what gearing to you recommend for a fixie? I currently have 42x16 on my SS.

Lastly, is there any value to holding on to the Modolo brake calipers?

Very nice bike...........Dave Hickey
Aug 26, 2002 1:23 PM
The lockring is subject to debate. With a liquid thread locker, it's possible to do it without a lock ring. Check out Shelton Brown's singlespeed/fixie page. My gearing is 42 x 16 but that's in Dallas so I have no hills.
Here is what the expert says..........Dave Hickey
Aug 26, 2002 1:26 PM

Conventional Freewheel-type Hubs

he cheapest way to convert a multi-speed bicycle into a fixed gear is to use the original rear hub, assuming that it is made for a conventional threaded freewheel. A fixed sprocket will thread right on, but there is no provision for a left threaded lock ring.

If you go this route, it is a good idea to use LocTite or a similar thread adhesive. You can use an old lock ring from a British-threaded bottom bracket as an additional safety measure, it is the same thread.

Although you can just screw on the sprocket and put everything together, the chain line will probably be incorrect. If you go this route, you will probably need to re-arrange spacers on the axle to correct the chain line, then re-dish the rear wheel so that everything will track correctly.

I should mention that there are those who say you shouldn't use a lockring. This theory is based on the fact that if the chain should come off the chainwheel and get caught, a sprocket without a lockring will just unscrew, rather than locking up the rear wheel.

My feeling is that it is better to use a lockring so that you can rely on being able to slow the bike down with your feet, especially if you ride with only one brake.