Custom Build Fixed/SS...talk to me!

Bradders87
Bradders87 Posts: 93
edited June 2012 in Workshop
Hi all,

After recently restoring the gf's old raleigh hub gear machine, I've become somewhat enamoured with the simpler side of cycling...the short of which has led me to decide I'd like to build my own fixed wheel/SS machine.

And that's about as far as I've got. I'd like to be able to flip the rear wheel round to alternate between fixed & not fixed, but further than that I have no idea. Where should I be looking for frames & the rest of the components? What would be your choices if you were doing the same?

Thanks! Looking forward to hearing your suggestions...

Comments

  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    Tokio fixed gear is a good online retailer of SS and fixed stuff. There is some stuff on Planet X.

    For custom built wheels you can send me a PM and we can have a chat. A couple of years back I built a set of Ambrosio excellence on Dura Ace track hubs and really loved the stiffness of those wheels compared to the ones I normally build for road cycling, only possible to achieve with symmetric/undished construction
    left the forum March 2023
  • stickman
    stickman Posts: 791
    Depends what you want. The easiest would be get an old mtb with traditional dropouts and have a fixed/freewheel hub built into the rim and get a single chainring.
    Bikes, saddles and stuff

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21720915@N03/
    More stuff:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65587945@N00/

    Gears - Obscuring the goodness of singlespeed
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    stickman wrote:
    Depends what you want. The easiest would be get an old mtb with traditional dropouts and have a fixed/freewheel hub built into the rim and get a single chainring.

    Why a MTB? Fixed hubs are all 120 mm and MTB frames are 135... it's either a very old road frame or a track/SS frame
    left the forum March 2023
  • stickman
    stickman Posts: 791
    No, fixed also come in 135mm, i've got one myself.
    Bikes, saddles and stuff

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21720915@N03/
    More stuff:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65587945@N00/

    Gears - Obscuring the goodness of singlespeed
  • xcMuttley
    xcMuttley Posts: 434
    I have built 2 ss/fixie bikes and i have bought a cheap old bike from 1970's of ebay at around £20, sprayed them myself and then updated some of the parts and made it how i wanted. The first one cost me about £120 although my Dad says i spent less and then the second one much more. A lot of the budget for both bikes were spent on a decent set of new wheels i tried to keep the weight down as much as possible but it all depends how much your looking to spend? Website called velosolo would be a good place to look for your parts amongst many new and second hand places. All i would say is DONT use a website called Fixed Gear Frenzy i have a had a bad experience with them and i certainly wont be using them again but everyone has their own opinion. One thing i would have loved to have done is buy a set of 1" carbon threaded fork from america just to make an old frame look even more modern but i didnt have enough money. PM me or find my post in the special intrests section if you want to have a look at my builds, One is for sale at the moment, but a lot of the money if it sells will be spent on another ss/fixie project ;)
    Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Get your frame sorted first as that will dictate a lot of choices. Whilst preference may be for a track frame with horizontal drop outs, you can also use older steel frames with long, forward-facing drop-outs.
    You can also convert a conventional frame by using an eccentric hub or eccentric BB to give the required chain tension adjustment - I've got both a wheel with a White ENO Eccentric hub and a Forward Components eccentric BB - both work well.
    Sheldon Brown is a decent place for info: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixeda.html
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..