How to convert your road bike to Singlespeed/Fixed (Post yours results)

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How to convert your road bike to Singlespeed/Fixed (Post yours results)
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Posted: Mar 22, 2013 at 6:09 Quote
^ Sorry can't help you there, i only trust my drive train with the LBS... cheap life insurance riding Fixed Brake less

60 bucks on CL is how i got it, everything you see minus front/back wheels
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After Brother from the same Mother Surprised me with a respray for Christmas
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Reassembled back together running pursuit bars and 650c front wheel
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Resprayed my front mag wheel and ex keirin fork i found cheap on EBay
Pic was taken just after an alleycat that finished up at a Dirt jump track
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Just waiting for more sun Before back on Slave duty

Posted: Mar 22, 2013 at 6:17 Quote
cvcdx wrote:
^ Sorry can't help you there, i only trust my drive train with the LBS... cheap life insurance riding Fixed Brake less

The problem is that if I say to someone what I'm building, he'd say: "why are you making that circus bike for"
And as much my LBS is willing to work with me, he still thinks I'm nuts. Razz

P.s. Looks better with dropbars, although I love the look of bullhorns, I don't like when they are dropped.

Posted: May 14, 2013 at 18:34 Quote
^Class

Here's another conversion just got back from my brother after recently acquiring Spec'allez
his loss... little longer and taller with shorter chain stays than the previous yellow frame

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Posted: Aug 27, 2013 at 6:10 Quote
Here are my old projects (can't find the before pictures tho sadly).


My old Peugeot, sold this one a while ago:

My Peugeot fixed gear


And my 'new' Gazelle Champion Mondial A-Frame 1979, which I use now for commuting:

My old commuter. Loved it but sold it to build a fast 26 commuter with 2 wide tyres because of all the tram rails in my neighbourhood here in the city centre of Amsterdam. I replaced this bike with my Kona Cinder Cone 91 project. BIKE Gazelle Champion Mondial A-Frame from 1979... Fixed gear new wheels YBN chain new seat post NS Proof bars BLKMRKT grips new bmx pc pedals.

Posted: Aug 29, 2013 at 11:18 Quote
Hey so this is mine, just needs a few finishing touches and its there... What do you think?

Posted: Oct 9, 2013 at 9:34 Quote
this was just what i needed thanks! Will get some photos up at the weekend!

Posted: Nov 20, 2013 at 16:12 Quote
Well, I also got a 7-speed bike and as of now, I am also looking forward to convert it into Fixed gear bike. Hopefully, I'll be getting a new one in a day or two as it is tempting me too much after seeing the pics in this forum. I will sell my old one and will get a new one soon and then update those pics over here, very soon!

Posted: Dec 13, 2013 at 6:53 Quote
i have a front crank with 43 teeth I'm just wondering what the ratio would be for it for around the city

Posted: Dec 13, 2013 at 13:57 Quote
cameronbrady wrote:
i have a front crank with 43 teeth I'm just wondering what the ratio would be for it for around the city

Depends on your personal preferences. Most people here prefer about 2.7 - 2.8, but I prefer around 3. 0 -3.2.
Also really depends where you mostly ride.

Posted: Jan 1, 2014 at 6:17 Quote
Very inspiring thread. Might convert my road bike to single speed. Are mavic open pro rims on a shimano 105 5700 hub a good combination for single speed or should i invest in a real fixed gear wheelset? Also where would be the best place to sell the 105 groupset i have?

Posted: Feb 4, 2014 at 14:02 Quote
Well as per my promise, I am back here to let you guys know that I finally got what was tempting me. I wanted to be sure of what I've got, therefore, it took me time to respond but definitely, my experience with my new fixed gear bike has been superb. It gives me a happiness on two wheels while I am riding it. It took me a lot of time & patience to get the quality bike at a cheap cost but sure my search effort didn't go in vain. I found my best option at http://www.criticalcycles.com/

Firstly, I tried to convert my bike but it was taking much more expense than what I got for $219. So, it was appropriate to gt a new one!

Posted: Feb 12, 2014 at 9:50 Quote
Update to conversion Status.. MissFattyRat

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Posted: Feb 16, 2014 at 20:05 Quote
Converted peugeot success into this:
I used a 12 inch kid bike coaster hub and peirced more holes for the spokes. Razz

Posted: Aug 19, 2014 at 13:34 Quote
I'm not sure if this has already been covered but, a very useful trick for converting old bikes into fixies without the need for a new rear wheel. I did this for my girlfriend and it works like a charm.

All you need is a lockring from a loose pack style BB, thread on ss cog and then crank down the lockring afterwards. works like a charm. (after removing old casstte obviously)


 
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