Why not post a picture of your Fixed/Singlespeed bike

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by Sore Thumb, 8 Jul 2007.

  1. colly

    colly Re member eR

    Funny thing is I had an idea a pale blue bike, sort of cornflower blue was what I wanted. When I turned up at the powder coaters place the nearest he had was that blue. It's not as pale as I wanted but tbh I couldn't be bothered to chase around all over the place so I said............... 'Yeah that will do and can you do it in a matt finish?'
    He said no matt finish but he would give it a matt lacquer after it's been coated.

    It's grown on me so much I am pleased that I didn't get quite what I wanted.^_^
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  2. Works for me.
    Does anyone remember the Gulf racing cars with that blue and orange on them ?
    It reminds me of that .
  3. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    On a whim I've bought this to accompany my 12yo on his velodrome practice sessions:

    It's a Raleigh Equipe track bike and looks hardly used by the seller. There's no marks at all and the toolkit with extra chainrings and sprockets is all there.
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  4. Jenkins

    Jenkins Veteran

    I think I've now got my Boardman in its final spec. This was a 2009 Road Carbon that was getting litle use due to other purchases and was close to being disposed of, so I decided to change it to a single speed as I don't have one and ... why not!

    My original idea was to get a single speed kit from Planet X and use a spare (new) chain I had available plus the almost unsed 17 tooth cog from the old cassette (which was in need of replacement). Initially I used the old derailleur as a chain tensioner, but thanks to @Elybazza61 a proper kit was substitiuted. Initially I couldn't get the brand new chain to the correct length for the 17 tooth cog so had to go with the 16 tooth supplied with the kit, but after a few rides the chain has "eased" enough for the 17 to be fitted, albeit with absolutely no give in the chain so the tensioner has been removed for now. The chainring is the standard 50 and with the inner ring still in place. All the cables and shift levers have also been removed and a 35 miler this afternoon confirms that the 50/17 setup seems to be the best compromise for this area and 10-15mph headwinds.

    The total cost was £9 for the spacer kit from Planet X plus £10 for the tensioner. It still won't get much use, but it fills a gap in the fleet.
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  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    The fixed is back home after 15 months in my folks garage after my accident. Bugger all wrong with it other than needing the bars and saddle turning straight and a scratch on the forks that will buff out. 20170405_190342.jpg
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  6. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    My Olmo. The bloke who sold it to me said he'd been told by the guy who sold it to him that it had once been the property of the Italian national track team. Obviously I haven't a clue whether that's true, but it's a wonderful ride, with an urgency and responsiveness like no other bike I've ever ridden. Can you tell I love it? :smile:

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  7. Pennine-Paul

    Pennine-Paul Goth on a bike............

    I'd definitely take a link or two out of that chain if I were you,to bring the wheel nuts into the middle of the track ends
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  8. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Thanks for the tip, and I can see where you're coming from, but in truth it's fine. The picture's deceptive, making it look like half the nut's hanging off the end, but in reality the contact surface area - which is what actually matters - couldn't be bigger. Having said that, I think the wheel has been moving back very slightly as the chain has worn/stretched - if it got any further, I would indeed remove a couple of links.
  9. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    Got a bit of good weather today ! IMG_20170731_141051003.jpg
  10. jayonabike

    jayonabike Powered by caffeine & whisky

    Just built this up. Lee Cooper 631 steel. Might change the saddle for a Brooks cambium and change the headset for a silver one but love the way it's turned out

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  11. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Wow, that looks stunning - lovely work!
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  12. iZaP

    iZaP Über Member

  13. uphillstruggler

    uphillstruggler Veteran

    Half way there
    This has had a few incarnations since I rescued it a few years ago. I stripped it down and had it resprayed to look like this IMAG0280.jpg

    Then a few changes to this

    Then finally to this

    racing green.jpg

    I cant see me changing it now apart from maybe some mud guards for winter as I like it a lot. its always been a favourite but this really suits it.
  14. Bobtoo

    Bobtoo Senior Member

    I found myself with enough left over bits to build a fixed gear bike, so it seemed rude not to.

    36604797490_7efa9b595e_b.jpg 2017-09-03_04-08-56 by RichardB5, on Flickr

    I hadn't ridden fixed before but I'm quite enjoying it.
  15. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    I've just made this out of a 60s/70s Sun Mass Start. I bought it on Gumtree for £20 as it had two new tyres, which was cheaper than buying the tyres for a bike I was building at the time. Rather than waste the bike I converted it to a single speed, as a first SS project, using bits I had in the shed plus a new freewheel. I kept the steel wheels as they are fairly light and run freely. The original white paint was a very poor state so I sanded it to use as a base coat and gave it a rattle can spray paint job in white.

    I've been out for a couple of rides on it and it's pretty good to ride, even though I'm not used to a single-speed, plus the brakes on steel rims work well. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to keep it.

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    Last edited: 13 Sep 2017
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