Saturday, March 7, 2009
I have just completed my 1st fixed gear conversion. Starting with a 1970 Raleigh Grand Prix that had been repainted I removed all brais on's , striped the old paint and had it painted at an auto paint shop. I then hand painted the head lugs peweter. Then added a set of mavic formula track wheels with highflang hubs and glue on tires. 65MM fixie crank with short reach track pedals to reduce chance of pedal strike. Pauls components Racer brake up front with the small Pauls brake lever. Brooks saddle and Velo Orange sew on elkhide bar wrap.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
58 seat tube, 59CM seat tube, 33" stand over. 10 speed. Carbolite 103 steel frame with forged dropouts, Shimano long cage derailleurs, Nervar alloy cranks with chain guard , low flange Milliard alloy hubs, Rigida 27" alloy rims with eylet reinforced spoke holes. Weinman 750 center pull brakes. COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL OVERHAUL. This bicycle has been completely dissembled, frame & forked cleaned and waxed. All brite metal cleaned and polished. All bearing systems cleaned and overhauled (hubs, bottom bracket, & headset). Brakes, shifters, derailleurs, chain, & freewheel cleaned and reinstalled. wheels trued. New tires & tubes. New cotton bar tape finished with hemp twine & shellac. This bicycle rides, shifts and brakes as new. 90 day warranty & free tune ups as long as you own the bicycle.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Started with a MaCaw Mango 6, swaped out the Shimano Tourney derailleur for a Shimano STX, junked the twist grip shifter and replaced it with a simple econo thumb shifter, added Schwelbe Fat Frank in place of the origional white walls, upgraded the saddle and added cork grips. Not another one like it in towne.
The conversion consisted of 650B wheels with Synergy Velocity rims, Rivendale Fatty Rumpkin tires and phill wood hubs. I also added a Nitto Techtonic high rise stem and Nitto Albatross handlebars for a more upright seating position. Sugino cranks, Tange bottom bracket, Shimano Ultegra rear derailleur & Dura Ace front derailleur. Shimano mountian bike brake levers & Deore Light action shifters. Trektro long reach sidepull brake calipers w/drop link (see previous post) Selle Royal super comfy sprung saddle and Brooks Leather grips complete the package.