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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:35 am 
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Just collected a Viking Allrounder Serial No. 120263 that is in need of a good restoration!

I'm looking to convert it to a single speed lightweight commuter so if you have any thoughts or advice I'd be grateful.

The aim is to strip it down, get it powder coated and then rebuild it.

I originally thought it could be the junior model as it seems so small but it's actually the 22" (54cm) model with 27" wheels.

I really need advice on what wheels to purchase and also what I'll need in terms of BB, crank, chain, sprockets etc to convert it.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:55 pm 
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That bike really looks like it's earned its patina and ought to stay as it is in my opinion. Can I encourage you to find another frame to singelespeed and leave that one intact?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:15 am 
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Jonny69 wrote:
That bike really looks like it's earned its patina and ought to stay as it is in my opinion. Can I encourage you to find another frame to singelespeed and leave that one intact?


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If you do however want it looking a little different, why not leave everything as-is but just highly polish the rims and possibly new tyres?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:00 am 
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+1 for refurb rather than resto. Although my Viking Grand Tour wasn't as complete as yours when I got it, I've kitted it out with period parts and it rides very nicely. The brakes are a bit weak but apart from that everything works well.


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