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    Bicycle to Work Day and first pics of budget SS

    Purchased a clean Gitchee Gumme from Mattman, and proceeded to tear it apart for my first SS experiment. I pulled the crankset which was a spot-welded Altus and drilled off the inner ring. The outer ring is the only one attached to the crank, so I ground off the teeth. Voila! Bash-guard. Installed a Gusset SS conversion kit, and with the supplied 18T cog, the chain tension is good. I had to grind on one of the spacers a bit as it is designed for an 8- or 9-speed hub, but the chainline is straight. 34/18 is a bit tall for the mostly-flat riding I have planned for this rig, and I'm more of a masher than a spinner anyway, so I've got other crank/ring options to try.

    Most of my recent riding has been on a FS Iron Horse, but I'm really starting to like the SS thing. I feel myself getting stronger with each ride, and my chronic knee has never felt better. I like it so much, I'm purchasing parts to build up my next one, a Mia rigid. This board has been an invaluable resource.

    Pics are of the teardown/build, and the bike as I had it setup for Bicycle to Work day Thursday. Did about 20 miles R/T, and it worked great (but I really need a taller gear).









    Jim

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    Nice work, mate. Especially on the magic gear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinWheelz
    Nice work, mate. Especially on the magic gear!

    no kidding. so, as far as "budget", what's the total cost? (if you dont mind, obviously) always fun to know how much fun can be had for so little.

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    Let's see:

    Bike: 150
    Gusset kit: 21
    Grips: 8
    Blood and sweat: 0

    Total $179

    That's really it as far is essentials for this build. I also added:

    Bar ends: 17
    Rack: 20
    New tires: 26
    Aluminum platform pedals: 0 (already on hand)

    New total: $242

    Not bad, huh?

    Jim

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    Let's see:

    Bike: 150
    Gusset kit: 21
    Grips: 8
    Blood and sweat: 0

    Total $179

    That's really it as far is essentials for this build. I also added:

    Bar ends: 17
    Rack: 20
    New tires: 26
    Aluminum platform pedals: 0 (already on hand)

    New total: $242

    Not bad, huh?

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamusCA
    Let's see:

    Bike: 150
    Gusset kit: 21
    Grips: 8
    Blood and sweat: 0

    Total $179

    That's really it as far is essentials for this build. I also added:

    Bar ends: 17
    Rack: 20
    New tires: 26
    Aluminum platform pedals: 0 (already on hand)

    New total: $242

    Not bad, huh?

    Jim
    very nice! and no blood or sweat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowSSer
    very nice! and no blood or sweat!
    Oh there was plenty of blood and sweat tearing apart the crankset, it just didn't cost any $$.

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    Plastic Ring

    Dude, loose the plastic ring on the rear wheel, it'll look much cleaner.
    Good looking rig.

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    Nice look

    Quote Originally Posted by spot
    Dude, loose the plastic ring on the rear wheel, it'll look much cleaner.
    Good looking rig.
    Ironic - since it's there for protection in case of over-shift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacman
    Ironic - since it's there for protection in case of over-shift.
    Good point. It's gone.

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    I miss that bike :-(

    My garage is a duller place without it. It looks good SS. I should have done it only it was such a nice bike the way it was, and since I already had an SS or two, I could not bear to tear the Fisher up. Also my PUSS project last year released me of the need to do a convert project.

    Great job with the crank and finding that perfect ratio, I was not sure if you could make it work or if you might have to get a different crank.
    Two Wheeled and Too Big

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    Great job! I am getting ready to convert my old hardtail too. Any chance we can see a couple shots of your Gusset installed?

    Thanks!

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