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How Cheaply Can You Build A Fixed Gear Bike? | Cheap Bike To Fixie Ep.1


– Sometimes, you can’t beat the simplicity of riding along on a bike with no gears. Maybe to commute to work,
or pop to the shops, or even a little pootle
around with your mates. In this series of videos,
we’re going to convert a commonly available old road bike into a fashionable fixie. Oh, and test it, along the way. (rocket blasting) For this video, I decided to head over to the hotbed of secondhand bikes. No, not Gumtree, not Craigslist, but eBay. Although, I must say, actually, that FaceBook marketplace
is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine. And for just 35 British pounds, I bought this Peugeot Premier. Now it’s listed as well, spares, repairs, suitable for parts,
because as you can see, it’s an unfinished project bike. But well, it’s going to
be absolutely perfect for what I want to use it for. But what should you be doing, then, when it comes to making your decision for your road bike to fixie conversion? First up, you need to
think about the budget, and also the size of the bike. Two things which should be nice and simple for you to be able to work out. And then, it’s just a matter of time of scrolling through page after page, before you find something
which is suitable. In my case, I really wanted
something that looked the part. Because so many of these road
bike to fixie conversions use a really iconic frame design. There’s nothing more iconic, I reckon, than one o’ those Peugeots. Once you go to have a look at that bike, make sure the frame is all okay. That’s the most important thing. Anything else can be
replaced relatively low-cost. So, have a good look over the frame tubes. Make sure they’re not bent or twisted. A little dent here or there is okay, but anything too big, well,
that could well affect the structure of the frame. Obviously, if you are thinking about using or re-using any of the components fitted, make sure they’re in good condition, too. So, handlebars, for instance. That’s quite a common thing to get bent, or slightly twisted, if
a bike’s been dropped. And also a buckled wheel. And lastly, what about
those pedal threads. That’s something which no one ever checks when they go to buy a secondhand bike. Although, in my case,
well, it doesn’t even have a right-hand crank, so don’t worry, I’m actually going to be
replacing the chain set totally. Don’t forget, though, if
you’ve got a double chain set, for instance, on a bike,
you can easily convert that into a single-ring setup. Course, you are going to need to spend a little bit more time
researching chain lines, and things like that. (carefree rock and roll music) Now this video series
is all about doing it without having to spend a fortune. Because loads of fixie
aficionados out there, they want to have
NJS-stamped track components on their bike. But we’re not going to
be putting these parts through the strains and
stresses of a Cairn rider. So, all I’m going to say is, when you are looking
for one of these frames, make sure that it’s got
horizontal drop-outs at the rear. What does this mean? Well, it means that it’s
not a vertical star, which you find on modern-day bikes. Instead, you’ve got a
little bit more room, I guess, to play with, with the rear axle. So, when it comes to
tensioning up the chain, you can get it absolutely spot on. And you can do away with an
unsightly chain-tensioner or anything like that. Keeping it looking really
nice and minimalistic. In my case, it’s time to
actually strip this bike of all of the components and
give it a good ol’ clean, ready for the fresh bits
and pieces to be fitted. As ever, I’ve been hunting
around for a bargain here or there, but some things, remember, are not worth scrimping on. They’ve got to be suitable for the job. Let’s take it apart. (carefree rock and roll music) Well, there we go. The Peugeot Premier stripped
down to the frame and forks. I’ve got to say, there was a
slight heart-in-mouth moment, for a minute. I thought I was going to have
to put the bike into a vice, to try and free up the bottom bracket, but no, I’m actually going
to add the fixed cup, and then I can get slowly into
the actual adjustable cup, which took a 24 millimeter hex socket. Gettin’ on there, not a problem at all. I’m not going to focus too much
on the war wounds of the bike, because there’s no major
dents in it, whatsoever. And part of the real
love about transforming an old road bike into a fixed
road bike is that exactly. The history behind it. But stayed tuned, well, in fact, in the next episode, I’ll be showing you exactly what I’m going to be
fitting onto this bike, and why. Because it’s not quite as
straightforward as you may think. So, there we are. Remember to like and share
this video with your friends. Give it a big, ol’ thumbs-up. And why not check out the GCN shop, too? It’s shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com. And now, for two more great videos. The first one, Oliver
Bridgewood was a detective, just like Sherlock Holmes. He’s going to give you his tips on how to buy a secondhand bike. Click just down here. And for another maintenance
video, click just down here.

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