Hi all mechanically minded peeps:-)
I'm keen to give building up a fixie/singlespeed a go to learn more about how a bike goes together and heck it's a good winter project for when it's too cold to ride hey!
Can anyone point me in the right direction of any good books, websites, locally run courses etc which will help me with the build?
Experience level is: not a total noob. I know all the bits and what they do, I just don't necessarily know the right way to put 'em all together:-)
FWIW Someone posted in the forum recently about a girl in Melbourne who built up her own bike (it was pink I think) - that's whats inspired me to give it a crack!
Thanks for the reply Rich, that's all great info - might have to hit you up with some questions once I get stuck into it if you don't mind!!
Starting to stock pile some parts:-)
The frame - Cinelli Gazzetta in grey/blue:
Brake callipers (very stoked with these):
I really don't have the confidence to build the wheels so Treadley are going to put together a sweet set of H + Son Archetype Rims, DT Swiss spokes, Phil Wood high flange hubs.
I've noticed that Phil Wood BB's can be shifted either way to achieve a good chain line so I'm keen to grab one.
Then I'll sit an twiddle my thumbs for a while until my bank balance recovers suitably:-)
Campag brakes!!! A woman with good taste!!
If the Axle is solid (phil's are) If you shift the BB to the side for chainline ,your pedals won't be aligned with your legs..(unless you shift your seat...then your handlebars, then both wheels.. then your bottom bracket...) or mount your cleats asymectric but that can't be good.
You do have the option if you don't mind the looks of running the chainring on the inside or outside of the cranks or use a spacer and dual ring chainring bolts.
For the bike builder who has, or wants everything.