I have been lamenting for a couple months about building a fixie. I have gotten some good feedback, but unfortunately I have decided not to heed anyone's sound advice and instead have blazed off in my own direction...
So what have I been up to on the one gear front. Well, I finally put my monocog single speed back together after shipping it across the contenent. All I have left to do is get the RockShox psylo fork on it to function again. I have done lots of maintenance, and it was good for about a year, now the seals are going so it needs constant rebuilding (about once a ride it seems). While the fork doesn't owe me (I got it for free basically), I still have a dislike for RockShox. If you anywhere other than California, where it is always nice and sunny, then you would probably have run into similar problems. But hey they are 'cheap,' plus even the venerable Marzocchi blow seals left right and center. So I should just shut my mouth, eh?
Rant aside, I have to admit I have been more addicted to road bikes lately. They are the sports cars of the cycling world. You can build them all sick like, they react on a dime and they seem to last. Plus if you have a good place to ride them (i.e. big mountains) there is plenty O' Adrenaline leaning the bike through a tight corner at 70km/hr. As a result of my recent love affair I have been going on about building fixie for a few months now (Read 1, Read 2). I have ruled out converting my race bike over - only for the time being until I can get another race bike :). All the suggestions to get a custom frame such as Independent fabrication have been well heeded, but I don't have the cash right now. Trust me I would LOVE to go that route, but I can't justify it. Especially since the whole moving across the country thing has left me with less disposable income than I had planned on. But that is life, eh? How about converting over my current commute bike Christine? Well she is just plain evil and wouldn't appreciate the effor.
So that leaves me building this thing up piece by piece by piece, bit by bit. In other worlds I must embark on a journey in search of pieces. I am happy to report I have begun this process.
Step one, I have bought some funky Kooka cranks (pictured right). What makes these cranks especially cool is the fact the company Kooka is deader than a door nail, so very few have these cranks. Plus these are the infamous CNCed cranks that would crack if you installed them wrong. The secret is not to use grease on the spindle or else the cranks would be pushed too far onto the taper and crack. Not to mention these cranks have got to be the lightest cranks I have ever held. Big-S get the hell out. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention I got them for $70 canadian, never used.
In total, swag factor is through the roof on these babies...
Next step... finding a killer frame. I am of course looking for a mid eighties gem that has beautiful lugging and vert drops. Over the next while I will be surfing used shops until I find the 'right' frame. Let the fun begin.