it has been a good three weeks of solid riding on the “new” bicycle. it handles well, and i enjoy it thoroughly.
regarding the last post, (1) i haven’t found a need for handlebar tape yet, but will get some when finances lack higher priorities. (2) the bullhorn handlebars work – like the entire bike, just a different experience. (3) i also discovered that i cannot spin the bars because of the tilt angle of the handlebar stem. that means if i build/buy another fixie for myself, it will be made for tricks. i’ve already established that i’m not naturally talented in this arena, but it doesn’t stop me from trying. (4) with the seat forward and handlebars tilted, the ride feels just about right. (6) still haven’t figured out why it leans to the right. there aren’t many adjustments to make, and the ones i’ve made don’t seem to work.
And now for the OFFICIAL PARTS LIST:
- Concord Aztec steel frame and fork, with original stem (from the 60s or 70s – given to me by my dad)
- Tange-Seiki Passage Headset 30×27
- Eighthinch bullhorn handlebars in purple, 42cm width
- Soma Kamisori Saddle in blue
- UNO Bike Seat Post 25.4x350mm in purple
- Eighthinch Julian 48 spoke wheelset
- Soma Super Everwear Tire – for the rear wheel
- Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Tire in blue – for the front wheel
- Vittoria Special Rim Tape
- Cutter Premium Road Bike Tubes 700c x 19-23, PRESTA 48mm valve
- Eighthinch 17t track cog, 1/8″ in black
- Eighthinch lockring in black
- KMC Bicycle Z410 Chain in yellow, 1/8″
- Origin8 Pro Polsion Track Alloy CNC Crankset in green, 46t, 170mm, Square Taper
- Shimano BB-UN54 English Bottom Bracket, 68x107mm
- All-City Cecil Pro pedals in red
- MKS Alloy Toe Clips in red
- ALE Italian Toe Straps in red leather
Other Things I Purchased:
- Serfas Tire Levers
- Bomb Tactics Fixed Gear Multi-Tool
- Set of metric hex wrenches
- Bern Watts Summer EPS Helmet in matte purple
- Primer, spray paint, and clear coat for the front wheel and fork
the total came in just under eight hundred dollars. price did not matter to me because of the entire experience and the valuable knowledge & confidence i gained in the process. it also feels really good to complete a project.
someone asked me if it was difficult to build. admittedly, it challenged me mentally and motivationally more than anything. things i asked k&g bike shop to assist me with: installing the bottom bracket, mounting the crankset, lining up the chainline, and installing the headset. some of those actions required proprietary tools, and the others were merely out of my league. also, thanks to larry and john who helped me with disassembly of the original bike and re-assembly, respectively.
detailed photographs to come.