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PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:05 am 
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Joe of Loath wrote:
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Rate it or hate it?


(FWIW the downtube shifter clamp is rusted on and I can't quite pluck up the courage to hacksaw the bolt off).


I dig it man, I'll bet it rides like a dream!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:05 am 
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Latest project...

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Decided to combine S/Speed commuter with a retro sit up style. The gearing is going to be 48/18 and it will have brakes.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:19 pm 
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NO WAY! On the backburner I'm building a fixed gear Triumph identical to that - except it's a drop tube lady's frame :D

What have you done about the narrow rear stays? I think mine are 110mm and there's no way I'll squeeze a track hub in. I'm thinking an old chrome steel BMX flip-flop might do the trick. And have you ridden it with 700c wheels yet? I see they fit ok in terms of diameter and even fit under my mudguards, but how has the change in geometry affected the steering?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:20 pm 
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Fwiw I have a 110mm singlespeed hub, I'm sure you can find a fixed one.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:25 pm 
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A lot of older track rear hubs are 110mm OLD :)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:40 pm 
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Jonny69 wrote:
NO WAY! On the backburner I'm building a fixed gear Triumph identical to that - except it's a drop tube lady's frame :D

What have you done about the narrow rear stays? I think mine are 110mm and there's no way I'll squeeze a track hub in. I'm thinking an old chrome steel BMX flip-flop might do the trick. And have you ridden it with 700c wheels yet? I see they fit ok in terms of diameter and even fit under my mudguards, but how has the change in geometry affected the steering?


Small world innit!

All I do is turn down the spacers until it fits and gets chainline. Is only 2.5mm each side.

The only issue I've found with this one is that the freewheel dosen't pass the frame tube.

I've not ridden this one yet, but the black '49 rudge I built a few month back has the same wheels and is a lovely bike to ride. Very stable at all speeds.

Mos of my head scratching is around mudguards.... I only have the original front, which will fit but getting a modern set to fit is proving a challenge.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:37 pm 
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Alright for some - I haven't got a lathe. Though I suppose I could grind them down :D

I have a similar problem with mudguards. I have a couple of sets of old chrome ones but they don't fit my newer (1980s) frames and they don't all clear 700c wheels because it looks like they were all designed for 26 x1-3/8" wheels. This is why the Triumph is probably going to end up on the road instead, because the mudguards fit the bike and they are clear of the wheels if I stick to a 25mm tyre or smaller. Another option for me is to lace up the rear wheel with a new SS hub and switch the front to a caliper brake rim instead of the stirrup brakes that are on there. The current rims are too rusty for the stirrup brakes to work properly, so you can't really ride the bike as it is anyway. Hence I don't feel too bad about stripping off original components.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:02 pm 
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Perk of my job I suppose!!!

I've removed the rod brakes. There are some very steep grades this way and I don't trust 'em for an every day ride.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:12 pm 
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What a lovely thread!! I just read all the 25 pages. These are my builds. First my good old full white raleigh. I used it for five long years, but I recently repainted it and sold it:

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And now my just purchased Gazelle frame!!! Still working on it, making it fit better. Got a black Flite saddle, and chromed clips:

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Cheers!!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:25 am 
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Hello,

I'm new to the forum and really enjoyed reading through this thread so I thought I'd share my first ever singlespeed conversion with you, say hello to Barbara, my Raleigh Banana.


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