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    Need creative ideas for future fixie.....

    I am loking to build a junker fixie. Something I can ride around town and almost not have to lock up.

    No fancy paint... I mean, one color, simple stuff for componentry, but one off. Need to know what you run for pedals also.

    What is everybody using for a coffee getter or grocery runner?

    Thanks for any or all imput......

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    for coffee and groceries.....

    I would get a good ol' freewheelin bike! I tried to get groceries a few times on the fixie, sketchy!


    Quote Originally Posted by SS Jerry
    I am loking to build a junker fixie. Something I can ride around town and almost not have to lock up.

    No fancy paint... I mean, one color, simple stuff for componentry, but one off. Need to know what you run for pedals also.

    What is everybody using for a coffee getter or grocery runner?

    Thanks for any or all imput......

    JS
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    give me a break!


    you know you want it. you know you're going to buy it. just cut to the chase!!!

    "...it's only money..."

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    one-off junker???

    contradiction?

    I have what you describe, just not "one off". An '84 Trek road bike that I self-converted to fixie. 42/16 gets 'er done. Egg Beaters and cleats on some casual shoes w/cleat slots work well for me. Throw on a basket and you'll have a getter. Here's the commuter fixie (~$200) and the ss 1970 Schwinn (~$100) for BIG hauls.

    both paint jobs are beat and I'm not too worried about either getting swiped, although I always think it would be fun to watch some punk-ass thief try to escape on a fixie without knowing what it was.

    or try these guys:
    http://www.antbikemike.com/bikes.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Jerry
    I am loking to build a junker fixie. Something I can ride around town and almost not have to lock up.

    No fancy paint... I mean, one color, simple stuff for componentry, but one off. Need to know what you run for pedals also.

    What is everybody using for a coffee getter or grocery runner?

    Thanks for any or all imput......

    JS
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    I just ordered another....

    Yep you guessed it, a SyCip Javaboy! Talk about one of a kind. Definately going to have to lock it but, I'm guessing TJ's has never seen one of these.

    Don't go fixie for a grocery getter, go freewheelie.

    Godd luck in your build!
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    basket

    Any self respecting grocery getting bicycle needs a basket. Nothing fancy but WALD makes bicycle baskets in various dimensions. Seriously this is the most practical "upgrade" I've made to a bike in recent memory. Nice to get the weight off your back and more flexibility in carrying stuff than rear racks & bungee cords.

    Oh yeah, MUCH cooler than panniers - in a nerd chic sort of way ...

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    that would be sweet....just leave the "steal me" Sycip decals off. Maybe slap some Huffy stickers on it if you can handle it Baskets too. I dig the ANTbike ones.


    Quote Originally Posted by eSSq

    you know you want it. you know you're going to buy it. just cut to the chase!!!

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    Giant Stingray

    One off huh. How about building a giant stingray SS based on an aluminum cruiser frame, converted to take your favorite cartridge BB and crank. Completed with apehanger or junior bars and a banana seat. Groceries could be hung in their bags from the bars or sissy bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Jerry
    I am loking to build a junker fixie. Something I can ride around town and almost not have to lock up.

    No fancy paint... I mean, one color, simple stuff for componentry, but one off. Need to know what you run for pedals also.

    What is everybody using for a coffee getter or grocery runner?

    Thanks for any or all imput......

    JS
    My input:
    Go get something like an old Schwinn Collegiate. I got one complete for $15...
    Pedals? Check out Rat Traps on Ebay = $4.99...
    Try to get a complete bike already, and just relube grease it up...
    Baskets are easy... get some milk crates like HWoody.
    It ain't easy being human.

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    antbike

    Quote Originally Posted by SS Jerry
    I am loking to build a junker fixie. Something I can ride around town and almost not have to lock up.

    No fancy paint... I mean, one color, simple stuff for componentry, but one off. Need to know what you run for pedals also.

    What is everybody using for a coffee getter or grocery runner?

    Thanks for any or all imput......

    JS
    check out antbikemike.com a friend just got one made and this is what you want. custom. low key. useful. doesnt attract attention, but you know what it is.
    Only boring people get bored.

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    strange i know, but, my 'town & around' bike which i found [no joke] is my most prized bike at the mo.
    just love adding bits and taking bits off trying to inprove the ride just alittle more

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    mine

    83ish Trek 560, flat black DIY paint job, old early 90s Campy components, even older Campy track hub and (faux) shifters, Look pedals.

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    never walk the dog on a leash

    And pick up Chinese food at the same time on a fixie.
    Trust me on this one.
    I have crappy mtb fixie that I wouldn't be at all dissapointed if someone stole.
    I've been inside too long.

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    You need an Indian butcher bike

    Quote Originally Posted by SS Jerry
    I am loking to build a junker fixie. Something I can ride around town and almost not have to lock up.

    No fancy paint... I mean, one color, simple stuff for componentry, but one off. Need to know what you run for pedals also.

    What is everybody using for a coffee getter or grocery runner?

    Thanks for any or all imput......

    JS
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    this...

    Surly Pacer Fixie, why? because it's got the ENO. Built it today...rides like it should.
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    My burrito getter bike

    I had it set up fixed, but it takes too much concentration for me to ride it that way, so I switched it back to a freewheel. The basket is good for carrying burritos, groceries and the dog likes to ride in it, too. Pedals are simple cage platforms.
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    I no longer have a beater...

    Quote Originally Posted by SS Jerry
    I am loking to build a junker fixie. Something I can ride around town and almost not have to lock up.

    No fancy paint... I mean, one color, simple stuff for componentry, but one off. Need to know what you run for pedals also.

    What is everybody using for a coffee getter or grocery runner?

    Thanks for any or all imput......

    JS
    I was using this:



    But then I upgraded to a new frame and stipped most all of the usable parts off of itt, so now it's this:



    Which definitely gets locked up. The old one was great for around town, but the new one's getting about 30 mi./day now that I'm commuting again. That's a little much for an ill-fitting beater, and that new one rides soooo nice.

    Still have the beater frame around, and it's sometimes a pain having to lock the new one. I could probably scrounge together enough parts to resurrect the old one as a *true* beater (*no* expensive parts this time around.). Probably have nearly everything I need in my garage except for a fixed hub and a cog. Here it is with a spare set of flat bars, and some old MTB cranks:



    Dunno how well 26" wheels will work in that frame, but if I uses some old, thrashed, MTB wheels I have about all I need to finish it is a fixed rear hub. Dunno what to do about a front brake, 'cause even if I can find a lever that will work with that brake on those bars, it probably won't reach far enough to make contact w/ the rim on a 26" wheel. Could always run brakeless. If I do it I'm gonna shoot for less than $100 this time around.

    Dunno why everyone is telling you not to go fixed for a grocery getter. So long as there are no huge hills between you and your local haunts (grocery store, pub, coffee house, etc.) I don't see any reason not to go fixed.

    -Trevor
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    Sycip? Campy parts? NO, here's what you want

    all those other posts are missing the point -- you want a beater bike that won't get stolen.
    get an old towner 3-sp. type frame and fixed gear it, simple as that. nobody will steal it. but getting a fixer stolen is hilarious. park it where you can watch it and wait for somebody to hop on a pedal away, then holler. when the thief tries to coast into the first corner, most likely he's gonna get launched. great entertainment.
    don't let others fear of fixed gear force you into a wussy singlespeed freewheel. fixed gear is more fun, offers better control, and isn't at all hard to master.

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    Is free cheap enough??

    I went to the local county dump the other day and they had this huge pile of dead bikes. I had my son with me, so I couldn't scrounge around too long, but the was a Nishiki, a Schwinn Varisty and half a dozen other semi-horizontal 70's frame laying around for the taking.

    I'm going back next weekend to pick out my new fixee frame.
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    Very inspiring website for pictures.....

    Now this is what I am talking about !!!!!

    http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/

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    I love my Trek fixxy. Not sure of the model or age, just that its older, fixed, and not much to worry about. I only lock it up at school, other wise leave unlocked and watch it if I can, hoping that some dumbass tries to pedal off on it and coast! I use it for school commuting, bar crawling, runnng to the store for various sundry items, lazy 'hood crawls with freinds, hell, I'll even hit up the trails with it. It's probably my favorite bike to ride. Smooth as can be and comfy to boot.
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    more Trekking

    cool bike, looks early 80s. Here's a link that helped me find the year with my serial #.

    http://www.vintage-trek.com/

    and what's up with the canti mounts??? Stock?

    HW


    Quote Originally Posted by ~martini~
    I love my Trek fixxy. Not sure of the model or age, just that its older, fixed, and not much to worry about.

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    Thanks for the link, I'll have to waste some time (I should be writing a paper now...) and look it up. Nope the canti bosses aren't original. I had them put on last year for improved braking(so I could legitimately use the pile of canti's I had in my basement too) in the cross races I was doing on it.

    edit to add: its a model 410 bult in '82. Made with Ishiwata 022 db main tubes.
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    who did the repaint/coat?

    and what color is it? looks nice........

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    Wow.

    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    check out antbikemike.com a friend just got one made and this is what you want. custom. low key. useful. doesnt attract attention, but you know what it is.

    That is just a really really great looking bike.

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