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First commute on "new" single speed(5 posts)

First commute on "new" single speedlaffeaux
Sep 2, 2003 1:22 PM
This past weekend I picked up a 1980 Peugeot Competition (a.k.a. PKN10E) for $100. I removed the deraillers, shifters, and outer chain ring, and replaced the stem, bars and tires. This morning I commuted to work on my new single speed commuter. The ultimate goal is a fixie, as soon as I can find an inexpensive wheelset.
way to goNiall
Sep 2, 2003 5:14 PM
i love hearing about when people do this, in fact i do this to bikes on a regular basis, but usually end up selling them for profit, check out my latest one@ (http://groups.msn.com/interlocution/bikes.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=10) it was a crusty old sekai i found laying in a corner of the basement of the shop i work at, with no wheels. i brought it up and put about 2 hours and less than $100 worth of new stuff on it, that included almost everything, the bike is a blast to ride and feels really nice, not too heavy either, i believe this is my 14th project of the sort. i finished it about a week ago, and i already sold it. (and yes the tiny ring in the front was a joke, and has been replaced by a proper sized gear)
I've got an old Peugeot hanging on the wall ...Humma Hah
Sep 3, 2003 6:33 AM
... one of the lower grades, but the paint and decals are good and it deserves better than the trash pile I found it in. Good fixie/singlespeed material. The biggest problem is the upper headset hardware is a ball of rust. The front der is rusted solid, too, but that's no loss.

I figured I'd get it running and give it away or sell it for the cost of parts.
wheelset schmealsetSteve_0
Sep 3, 2003 7:40 AM
Spin off the freewheel. Spin on a track cog. Plenty of green left for a fancy pair of wingtips.
probably not a bad idealaffeaux
Sep 3, 2003 10:58 AM
I went the ultra-cheap route, and bolted the 42 ring onto the outer chain ring position. It lines up fairly well with the 16 tooth cog, so I'm running it there. I left the full cluster on the bike, and after 50 miles of riding, it's not complaining much.