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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:19 pm 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
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Hi Guys,

this is my old and faithfull Serotta ATX Colorado.
I bought this on new back in 96 i guess,..do not know for sure anymore.
i used to drive it like this;

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but now i want to make it into a singlespeed.
Last week a bought a really nice, and scratch free Tange Switchblade to put in he frame;

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and now it looks like this;

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I want to put the cook bros cranks on, brakes I do not know yet.
Stem i want the replace with a control tech NOS i know for sale somewhere

if you got some hot tips for me please let me know, this is going to be my first singlespeed and do not know all about that...

and sometimes it had its benefits to life alone ;) these are in the livingroom right now,... :lol:

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best, Bas


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:35 pm 
Lincs AEC
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Will look nice finished. Like the forks, very smooth.
SteveK on here, and Ededwards, know all about singlespeed builds.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:59 pm 
Concours Judge
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Bas,

Serotta ...sweet 8) I think aesthically the Switchblades is a great match with the frame. Looks sharp.

Sorry, can't advice you on the SS-thing :oops: 25 bikes, not a single one SS.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:00 am 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
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Elev12k wrote:
s: 25 bikes, not a single one SS.



:lol:

it took me 25 bikes as well to start with the first one! ;)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:17 am 
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Thanks for the plug Jon. :D

Of course I'm no real expert but I've been riding solely single speed for a few years now so I'll have a go...

First of all welcome to the single speed world, long may you enjoy. :) Nice collection of bikes BTW.

You're going to need an unramped chainring, probably best using a 32 tooth if you're going for a classic offroad 32:16 ratio. If you're a bit stronger or have a slower cadence try something like 34:16. It depends on your strength, terrain you ride etc but 32:16 is a good starting point. You'll also need some short chainring bolts too as the regular ones are a little longer. You can cut some down if you wish.

A decent chain is a must and also a conversion kit consisting of a 16 tooth cog and spacers to get the chain alignment correct, these fit straight onto your freehub.

Next you'll probably need to get some tension into the chain so a tensioning device will be necessary. You can get all this stuff off Charlie the bike monger on ebay just do a search for him on there and you'll see all the goodies he's got for sale.

If you find that you love single speeding after a while you might want to invest in an ENO Eccentric hub from White Industries, this will turn any frame into a single speed and looks really neat and tidy.

I think that's about it, if there's anything I can help with just give me a shout. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:44 pm 
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Good advice from Steve, I'd emphasise the need to get the chainline as good as possible and if you don't want to buy a tensioner you can always use an old mech.

If you really enjoy ss, that Serotta would look very sweet resprayed in the same colour with horizontal dropouts and minus the gear cable guides


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:24 pm 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
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I was thinking the same,..maybe replay the frame,.in the same collor as the form, and order some nice serotta decals.

and remove all what is not needed,..

but ,..i can not get is over my heart to rape the frame because it is so dear to me,..yes i am an sentimental looser,..hehehe


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:49 pm 
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you're a man of consummate taste defiant, Eames, Panton, Van de Rohe...

oh, and the bikes quite nice too.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:10 am 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
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next small steps have been made,..;

Cook Bros is again on the frame;
I got a question about the cranks; i bought these new back in 92 i guess,..when i bought them the brand name was good visable but due to the heavy use it doesn't show that good anymore; how can i color the brand name again?

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and also i put the new wheelset in, Ringle's with Campagnolo rims.
Don't know yet about the color combi but in real i doesn't look that bad.

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and it now looks like this,..;

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next step; buy some cables for the brakes, fix the single speed cog at the back but i have to find out how that works. :roll:
I do not know how to get these of ,..
buy some decent QR's


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:56 pm 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
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took the wheelset out,..didn't like them afterall in the serotta.
Replaced them with the Rond Wheelset.
Like the look much now.

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