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.
this is the bicycle badge from the Concord Aztec 10-speed. i wonder if i can re-rivet it after i finish repainting. the bike also had a Columbus, Ohio bicycle license sticker on it from 1972 (!), but it crackled to pieces as i removed it from it’s adhesive home on the tube near the rear wheel.
i’ve concluded that the color “scheme” will be logical: process of elimination. my goal: no two parts shall be the same color. purple handlebars, pewter wheelset. frame, fork, crankset, chain, seat post, seat, tires, pedals, and stem will all be different. the colors will be determined by what part i need next, what is available, and what i haven’t used yet. i will also have to take into consideration that some colors for parts like cranksets may be limited, so i will avoid those colors I know are available [for cranksets] when purchasing other parts.
all-city has some nicely colored cranksets that just may fit my bicycle perfectly: square taper, 110mm, 1/8″. i ran into the abbreviation BCD and didn’t know what it meant, so i yahoo’d it (google fans, don’t hate me), and found Urban Velo’s article on it. i don’t think it’s something i have to worry about at this stage in the game.
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Tagged all-city, bcd, chain ring, chainring, crank, crankset, fixed, fixed gear, fixie, urban velo
yesterday, i ordered a track cog (17t), anodized purple handlebars, and a lockring. all from eighthinch using the birthday money my sister and her husband gave me. i was having trouble deciding between 1/8″ or 3/32″ chain/cog sizing, and the more research i did, i found the availability to be about the same. i finally went with the 1/8″ sizing. my reasoning: since my knowledge on fixies is limited, i’d play it safe – definitely knew that an eighthinch wheelset would match with their branded cogs, and i also like the idea of intermingling with the track bicycle world, which also uses 1/8″ sizing chains, chainrings and cogs.
i chose a 17-tooth cog because when i was reading descriptions of people’s posts on fixedgeargallery i found that most either had 16 or 18-tooth cogs. once again, beginner’s wisdom (if there is such a thing) says to go with one of those two, but since i didn’t know the difference, i slid right in between. before i ordered, i counted the bicycle’s cog teeth: 28, 24, 20, 16, and 12. the chainwheel’s small wheel had 40 teeth on it, giving my bicycle a 2/1 gear ratio on my most comfortable setting. sheldon brown’s site talks a little about gearing, and on one of his pages said something about a three-to-one gear ratio. that would mean a 51-tooth chainwheel for my 17-tooth cog, but i think i’ll go with either 48 or 46 for starters. that bridge has yet to crossed
one of the difficulties with living in a small town is that bicycle parts are few and far between. this goes for bicycle shops as well. bumping around on the internet has led me to some helpful places. i’ll continue to post links as i run across them. that will keep this non-photo blog a little more interesting. today: