Here’s a Takara singlespeed conversion I built and posted about here. It started out simple and light and got heavier and more complex as I added useful components like fenders (UK:wings), lights, luggage rack, tool bag, U-lock, etc.
U-lock is an OnGuard and at 8 ” is marginal for length for locking to our signposts, sometimes padded with concrete to discourage car bumpers.
Rear light and fenders are from PlanetBike and the front light is from the fine Cateye company. Seat is a Cloud9 made with gel foam and lycra so it’s comfy but soaks up water.
This bike is around 56-57 cm tall and is my daily driver. Sadly, weight has climbed to north of 34 lbs. (15.5 Kg).
Here’s how I got my next project, a Motobecane Grand Jubilee with Vitus 172 chrome-moly tubing.
I bought the frame and fork from Denio’s flea market for $30USD. The fork had gotten a firm tolchocking and was not usable so I got an after-market non-chrome molybdenum fork for $75 from Pedal Pros here in Roseville, CA.
The wheel is a nice Rigida 27×1 1/4 inch aluminum alloy with a Forte Strada-K kevlar-belted tire using a Presta valve.
I wonder how this will change the handling of the completed bike, certainly it’ll be lots more fast-turning and less stable. Notice how upright the new fork is compared to the damaged one.
I couldn’t use the stock forks but amazingly enough the wheel is hardly out of true.
I never much cared for the painted chains the kids like to use these days-until I saw this KMC candy-apple red one and had to have it. It will look sharp with the frame and fork colors (UK:Colours). $10 at Pedal Pros LBS.
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