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help a newbie

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by crankbuster, 12 May 2008.

  1. crankbuster

    crankbuster Active Member

    Location:
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    My Grand dad rode a fixed gear bike before the war,he told me the bike was as suntour.I looked up suntour on the net and couldn't find much out,apart from they were german i think.
    My late Grand dad was keen cyclist before the war and travel from Rotherham to Brownhills,to see family there on a regular basis.
    Are the good old days open roads on your nazi bike.:biggrin:
    Well i'd love to find out about this bike. ?

    I,d love to build a fix gear racer and ride to Brownhills,some thing retro.?

    Please educate me gears etc,the only fixed gear i have ever ridden was my grifter as a child,when the gear cable broke. ?

    (I rode it so hard i broke the crank,that was the summer of 85(sound like a Brian Adams song)).

    Thanks.
     
  2. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    I think they were Japanese as it goes. I'm not sure that bikes can be Nazis, still.

    Think they also made bike parts rather than bikes.

    But a fine idea to recreate this journey to Brownhills.

    Your Grifter with the broken cable was a singlespeed- one gear ratio and a freewheel, with a fixed wheel you have a fixed gear ratio and you can't freewheel.

    There are lots of fixed-gear and single speed bikes on sale these days.

    I expect everything you need is here:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed/index.html
     
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    crankbuster

    crankbuster Active Member

    Location:
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    No freewheel:blush:
    That could be an experience,toe clips and a big hill:ohmy:.
    legs like a fiddlers elbow.
    Still want to try it.
     
  4. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Suntour did indeed make components, and very good too. I have a few bits in the garage somewhere I'm sure. The Guru has the answers as always...
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/suntour.html

    Putting a fixed-wheel bicycle (not a fixed-gear) is fairly straight forward if you can find an old frame with sloping dropouts and a rear wheel with a screw-on block.
    Fixed gear bikes are great fun and highly addictive. They've become almost too cool for they're own good these days, but many enthusiasts have been riding them forever. I built my first when a student in London about 1983.
     
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    crankbuster

    crankbuster Active Member

    Location:
    In a HOUSE
    I think saw on the net that shimano ,bought the name suntour.
     
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  7. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire