Fixed wheel Falcon

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by Alan O, 8 Jul 2017.

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  1. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    I promised myself that if I completed the Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool 100 I'd reward myself with a fixed wheel build. And being an optimist I picked up this Falcon Cotswold frame a few months ago...

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    It's in pretty nice condition and cost £40, which seems reasonable. I think the "Elswick Falcon" label dates it to the early 80s. The old bottom bracket is almost seized up, so that's going to be ditched - I might already have one of the right size. And I have a few other parts ready for it.

    It will be a slow job due to lack of time and spare cash right now, but I thought it would be nice to chart my progress.
     
  2. wisdom

    wisdom Veteran

    Location:
    Blackpool
    Looking forward to it.Good luck and keep posting.
     
  3. 3narf

    3narf For whom the bell dings

    Location:
    Tetbury
    What tubing is it?
     
  4. Threevok

    Threevok President of the Not From Brazil party

    Location:
    South Wales
    Very nice - that's going to be a very nice fixie.

    I seem to have a soft spot for green bikes lately. Can't imagine why
     
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  5. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

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    You will be wanting a go on this then.

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  6. Threevok

    Threevok President of the Not From Brazil party

    Location:
    South Wales
    I'm not liking that seat at all. but the rest has potential :okay:
     
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    Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    It's plain 531
     
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    Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Wow, I've never seen a headset/stem contraption like that before - it looks like it would turn the wheel in the wrong direction!
     
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    Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Just a quick update. The bottom bracket wasn't seized after all, just over-tightened - when I opened it I found it clean and newly re-greased, with bearings, cups and cones all looking fine. I cleaned and re-greased it again myself and reassembled it, and it's spinning nice and freely now.

    The problem I now have is fitting a new headset - I've described it here so I won't repeat it, but I'll hopefully be taking it for LBS attention on Friday.

    Alan
     
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  10. Nibor

    Nibor Bewildered

    Location:
    Accrington
    That looks like a trick bike headset where left is right and right is left
     
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  11. Threevok

    Threevok President of the Not From Brazil party

    Location:
    South Wales
    AKA "Rage against the power" steering :tongue:
     
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  12. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

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    Well spotted. Here it is in action. We use it to raise money for charity.

     
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