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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:01 pm 
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My brother wanted a cheap and cheerful singlespeed for the commute to work. We picked up an old Carrera off Ebay at a bargain price with a few bits missing.

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Not being terribly proud of the Carrera brand, the decals were removed using a hair dryer and a credit card as a scraper. The frame was then T-cut.

It needed a bottom bracket, I had a spare one knocking around my spares box. also needed a headset again ebay purchase, which was also the source for some cranks and chainrings.

Also added a Fred Salmon seatpost, bars and stem.

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I have managed to fit the chain without a tensioner following a ghetto conversion with some plumbers pipe and a sprocket I had in the spares box. Its a bit tight but time will tell if its too tight!! :?

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Just needs a saddle now, some grips (have some Fred Salmon clear ones) and some custom decals. Not sure about the stem though. May be a bit too chunky.

All told it has cost about £70!! What do you think? Can you make a silk purse out of a sow's ear?? Does the stem stay or go? What saddle would suit?? (colour and type?)

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:12 pm 
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I think that looks great, especially for £70!

Proper bike shaped (if you know what I mean) - maybe not featherlight but the colour scheme works and it looks pretty quick when standing still!

A set of straight rigid forks like an F7 and that would be 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:21 pm 
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Had it on my cheapo spring balance. Weighs under 24lbs...

Straight forks would look cool but may blow the budget :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:19 pm 
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Looks cool to me! Although a chain tensioner would make sense!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:47 pm 
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Cool. Looks like a 93/4 to me.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:50 pm 
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whats your ghetto tensioning method?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:02 pm 
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I haven't got a ghetto tensioning method, it was pure luck that the chainstay length was about right 8) although I'm thinking about adding a half link as it may be too tight. :?


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looks superb, Pimped


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