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  1. Work of Art Bike = Bike of Artwork (A truly one-of-a-kind single speed for David) Picture, in your minds’ eye, the coolest most artsy, most off beat, city on earth. If you don’t have Barcelona high up on your short list, then let me point you in that direction. It is a place where uniqueness, eccentricity, sometimes weirdness, blossomed for many hundreds of years, where it was encouraged, not just tolerated. It gave us some of the most amazing modern artists and architects of the last hundred years. If you can connect names like Picasso, Gaudi, Dali and Miro in one sentence, one place, one time, Barcelona will the city! We explored the narrow medieval alleyways, Las Ramblas and the Beachfront on our one ton rented monsters and were jealous of the sleek and nimble single speeds that roamed the streets around us! I think that was when David first started dreaming of building a one-of-a-kind bike artwork! But not all bike builds go the way you anticipate, sometimes they find their own way, winding this way and that through your life and your own reality, eventually to result in a bike that is right for the place, the time and for its owner. I was about to learn that! Again!
  2. What are the opinions of using a Rook One or Scout on trails? https://rookcycles.com/
  3. Hi Everyone I am thinking of building another wheel with a single speed free hub, any suggestions? Kind Regards Pieter
  4. Hey guys I am possibly in the market for a new STEEL MTB FRAME that is likely to built up as a single speed (but possibly geared) I am looking for suggestions of bikes that are available in SA (or easily shipped to SA) Must be 29er Let me know your thoughts
  5. Good day everyone, I recently bought an extra small Hansom bike and I'm in the process of stripping it down and building it back up as a single speed. All the parts and frame seem to be in good order including paintwork. My problem is though that the tyres need replacing and I've been having a hard time finding the right size. The only information that I can get so far are from the tyres itself. The one Tyre that I have shows the size "650C/19-571", rim band says "18-559" and on the rim it reads "571x15 - 6106". Anybody able to help me out with a bit more information about the sizing as well as where I could possibly buy the tyres from? Sourcing them so far has been proving fruitless I'll post pictures when I'm closer to finishing off.
  6. First time Bike Builder: Got a 19 year old Cannondale R600 from: https://www.bikehub.co.za/user/113597-jacoo/
  7. Omaga roadbike with Sora parts, Changing it to a Single Speed: - Pinarello in black and gold. - With a Gravel twist.
  8. Born in Cape Town, where an outdoor lifestyle is interwoven with an urban backdrop, Rook has produced some killer single speed rides, ready to mash through your city circuit. Cape Town born but plugging into global fixed gear culture. It all started a couple of years back where the guys were finding track bike frames and building / selling fixies on Bike Hub. “We saw there was an appetite for something like this” Says Lee one of the co-founders. “I’ve always loved bicycles. Especially track bikes and the fixed style of riding. South Africa needs some grit and attitude pumped back into street cycling and over the last couple years we’ve developed a brand and range that reflects our stance on that". The Rook One Steel Frame in 3 paint jobs. Matt Black , Ice White and limited edition Blue/Green Flip. Starting with their steel frame series, the Rook One “We’re super obsessive with build quality vs bang for buck and it shows in every bike that we ship. We’d like to see a Rook frame still shredding in 20 years!”. Hi-ten steel with geometry that gives you the go’s. This is not driving miss daisy - it’s an urban mash machine. The Rook Race: Choose your bars, carbon fork standard. Only in black-on-black. The guys have also developed a light build; The Rook Race. An aluminium frame with a carbon fiber fork. “The Race series is all about light weight agility. Inspired by events such as Red Hook Crit, the Rook Race is nimble through a city circuit. A track bike designed for the road”. Rook Cycles strive to bring the thrill and challenge of fixed gear riding to South Africa. Skiddies, track stands, fixie tricks – a few of the fun elements riding a fixed gear brings to your ride. Each Rook bicycle ships with a flip-flop rear hub so you can start off in freewheel mode and switch to fixed when you’re comfortable. When riding in fixed, lock your legs to lock the back wheel and skid! It’s mad fun! “There’s a time and place for geared, expensive, high maintenance road bikes… And we respect that. But there’s so much fun to be had on a fixed gear and so much less hassle. We’re not just selling bikes, we’re riding hard, and having a blast doing it.” You can customize your ride too, they’ve curated an in-house accessories range so you can make your ride unique to you. Rook is based in Cape Town but like to see themselves as a South African brand. Shipping is included to any address in SA – check out their online store at rookcycles.com The Rook One Starts at R5650 for a complete, and the Rook Race at R8650 complete.
  9. Does anyone know where i can get hold of a chain tensioner for my single speed conversion?
  10. So a few months ago my brother noticed a crack on his frame, at first he thought it was a paint crack but as he rode it more it grew in size and after a few rides he could see the inside of the crack bending the chain-stay slightly inward. Long story short he scraped the frame ,because he bought it secondhand. And I decided to have a shot at repairing the bike. I also thought about writing a long term review as how the repairs hold up and the whole repair process from start to finish. I will do all the repairs myself so I will also share some of the lessons learnt through the process. The bike will become my commuter bike later on ,but more about that later.
  11. I’m looking at getting a new track bike and the aventon is catching but my eye. I’m gonna be using it for commuting and eventually some racing. Mainly looking at this bike cause I want a more modern frame that isn’t R10,000 for just the frame :/ Anyone know how they ride? Are they nice for commuting and just getting around ? Also is there anywhere in SA where you could buy one? Or would I have to order it from the states
  12. Good Afternoon guys and girls, Back at at again building another "odd" bike build. Still in the concept phase and not sure if my idea will be functional in the real world. I was toying with the idea of building a single speed bike for a while now, and have been stocking up on some spares as time goes on. The past weekend I was given an old school (about 1991), Diamondback Ascent cromo steel frame. Originally did not think the idea would work, but played around the past weekend ad the build bug seem to have bitten. Below is the frame: I plan to cut off the old school V brake bosses, and weld/braze in a disk brake mount, as well as adding cable guides for the brake hose. I have a mod similar to one below in mind: I did a dummy fit with my odds and ens lying around and am quite please with the look so far: The plan is to fit my fox float 32 to the frame after I reduce the travel from 140mm to 100, maybe 120mm. I have a SR suntour 100mm fork in the photo as a reference as the fox is still in pieces until I get around to service it. Also have a set of DT Swiss XR 4.2D rims laced with a shimano SLX hub rear, and a Specialized Stout in front. Planning to run Maxxis Crosmark 2.1 tyres. My main concerns so far is: 1) head angle an bb height with the 100mm fox vs the old steel fork 2) stand over height 3) head tube length, not sure that I will have enough length on the steerer tube to fit a stem if I fit the headet The finished product in my mind is supposed to look something similar to this: or With the frame being sprayed either blue as per the first photo, or green and white (cotic colours) What does the single speed / vintage bike aficionados think of the idea? is it do-able and will it be ride-able? Feel free to comment below
  13. I would like to buy a single speed retro road bike. Simple Sam looks well priced and I like the colours and stile. My Q would be quality. Hoping you can share if you have been exposed to the bike if a need to know of quality issues before I order myself one on the Web. Thanks for sharing....
  14. Ever wanted to revive a beat-up old classic to restore it to its former glory? After years of being off bikes in general, I decided to create a piece of “functional” art fit for our living room. It started with an advert on Gumtree: “Steel Bianchi for sale, excellent condition. No Wheels. R 1,000 ONCO”. This is what “Excellent Condition” looks like nowadays: http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_1150.jpg Several small touches revealed her heritage though...Stamped seat stay caps, proudly bearing a “B” for Bianchi: http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_1156.jpg What is more fun than spending a weekend with paint stripper and a wire brush, turning an old hag into a naked canvas? http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_1163.jpg I loved the little bits of copper brazing you can see where the joins are exposed. Artisanal. Lots of pondering, resulting in a final call. The entire shebang will be chromed, fork ‘n all. Finding a shop to do the job was a mission, but I happened upon a place close to home. After weeks of waiting, the result came back… http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_1262.jpg A couple of blemishes in the finish, with some rough patches, but nothing terminal. I added some mark-ups to show where decals should go, and where the paint/chrome transitions should be. Next stop, CycleArt (Webpage here), with a brief: Make it classic please. On one of the most beautiful days of my life, I stopped at CycleArt’s shop out South of Johannesburg to collect the mystery package. Little did I know what was in store… Drop outs more stunning than the day she was sold: http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_1282.jpg Tube-to-lug transitions to make you shed a tear: http://mudcakedface.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_1284.jpg I could have done better with the stickers (will definitely recommend airbrushing in future). Sadly, the project hit a massive pause here as priorities changed, what with moving house and all that. I guess in a way, I realised this wasn’t going to be a quick back-yard build. All parts would have to be sourced carefully and strictly within the increasingly narrow confines of what my mind’s eye was starting to see. No more Internet shopping for parts, no siree. About 6 months later, I stumble upon Whippet Cycles in Maboneng district, Johannesburg (Website here). Innocently, I bought a set of handlebars. Week later, I bought a set of wheels…the project was on again! (from my blog at http://mudcakedface.com/build-projects/bianchi-single-speed-build/)
  15. Hi Single speeders! Planning on riding the Hell and Back this weekend on my Niner Sir SS. I am a little bit unsure about what gear to use. I am planning to ride a 34x20. I am light fairly fit. My other choice could be 32x20. I dont have a sprocket larger than 20. Any tips and suggestions will be truly appreciated. Thanks. Anyone else going to do this event on a SS?
  16. Hi guys. Proud to announce that I am new to the forum, and that I have committed myself to one crazy idea: I want to ride the Momentum 94.7 on a single speed bike. I decided this after I recently bought a SS project bike, weighing in at only a few kilo's. Rides like a dream, and even wheelies spontaneously. So I decided that the 94.7 is a challenge I set myself, and that I would like to do those tough km's for myself, and a charity. I need some advice on this topic though - if any of you guys have done it before, or know of people who will be riding fixed gear or single speeds in 2014 Momentum 94.7 - please share your thoughts. Any charities that need some extra support are also welcome to be presented here so that I can consider them! Thank you in advance, Gus
  17. Hi my fellow HUBBERS I would just like to update everyone... if you have been to Braamfontein lately and not seen Hunter Cycling there it's because we have moved. Our new and more convenient location is based at 27 Boxes in Melville between 3rd and 4th avenue. We are currently offering some cool services like custom builds, restorations and services. All bikes are welcome MTB, Road, BMX, Fixie, Cyclocross, old and new, etc. Another cool and awesome thing to do at Hunters is the Jozi Hustle every first Thursday of the month. It starts at 7pm and is a ride through the city, after the ride everyone is welcome to join us for a beer. All riders are welcome and there are marshals for every ride. So if your bike is in need of some tlc or you have an awesome bike project but don't know where to start, pop round to the awesome new shop and I'm sure we can help you. https://www.facebook.com/HunterCycling Location: 75 Third avenue Melville, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng 0761830949 Open on Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 until 17:30 Saturday from 09:00 until 15:30 Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 until 15:00
  18. The brothers took part in their first dusi2c in 2014 on their more strenuous single speed machines and despite confirming the pair will definitely be back again in 2015, they are yet to make the big decision regarding what equipment they will use second time around. Younger brother Wesley understands the difficulty that comes with gear-less riding but has far from ruled out the option come 20 June. “It is really hard work on a single speed!” Booth said cautiously. “Last year we didn’t quite know what to expect and the climbing on day one really caught us off guard. With just over a week to go until the 2015 edition of the BSi Steel dusi2c there are some big decisions to be made by the brother pair of Wesley (pictured) and Sheldon Booth as to whether they tackle the two-day adventure on single speed machines like they did in 2014 when the race kicks off at Camps Drift on Saturday 20 June. Jetline Action Photo/ Gameplan Media “We had geared ourselves up for long, flat sections but it was completely different to that and we battled a lot towards the end of the day. “We really enjoyed the second day though and that is what we are looking forward to again this year!” With just over two weeks to go until the 2015 edition of the dusi2c the Booth brothers are running out of time to make a final call. The laid back duo have been training hard though and Wesley feels that they are in fact in the right shape to tackle the race on their distinctive machines. “We have been training hard. “Then again, we aren’t racing snakes so we know that it is going to be a tough few days. “We are really looking forward to doing another stage race on our single speeds though! The pair’s transition into the weird and wonderful world of single speed competition isn’t a new one and is something the cycling brothers thoroughly enjoy. “Sheldon and I train and ride a lot together and we have taken part in the national single speed championships so we have been doing it for a long time now. “Single speed mountain biking was something that we always wanted to do so we took some old hard tail bikes and converted them and from there we were hooked! “We have upgraded our bikes since then but the love for it is still very much there and we know that it is something that you either love or hate,” he added. The duo are very much members of the a social element of the dusi2c field and will not be there to take themselves too seriously. “The single speed community is quite a tight-knit one and everyone is always willing to go that extra distance for someone else and help out. “A guy like Grant Usher is the man who brings in a lot of single speed equipment and he is always really helpful. “Guys are always willing to help, which we are really appreciative of,” a grateful Booth mentioned. Although the dusi2c is a race that follows the Msundusi and Mngeni Rivers from Pietermaritzburg to Durban and enjoys an average downhill gradient to the finish line at the sea, Booth knows that there are some tough climbs that have to be conquered first. This challenge and previous experience of the race sees the younger Booth looking forward to taking part in the year’s race, regardless of whether it’s on his single speed or a more conventional, geared mountain bike. “Riding on our single speed bikes is really fun and there is less chance of picking up mechanicals along the way but we know that it is not the clever choice. “It really is something that we enjoy though and it is the ultimate challenge in mountain biking so we’ll just have to see. “We never take ourselves too seriously and we know that the race is great fun so either way, we are really looking forward to the whole relaxed, friendly vibe that surrounds the dusi2c this year,” an excited Booth explained. More information can be found at www.dusi2c.co.za.
  19. Decision time has crept up on the Johannesburg single speed brotherly duo of Wesley and Sheldon Booth who are preparing to tackle their second BSi Steel dusi2c but are undecided about whether to once again take on the two-day adventure from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg and Blue Lagoon in Durban from 20-21 June on their trusty single speed bicycles or regular, geared two-wheelers. Click here to view the article
  20. Hey guys so i spent a bit of time and worked out a few bits with a formula and here is the result. its basically an idea of how far you would travel on one full rotation of your cranks using different gear setups and how to find that sweet spot between the 3 diff tyre sizes if you own more than one fixie. Might be a bit helpful or not
  21. Hi ladies and gentlemen. Hozit Need some advise. Looking at buying a single speed. Budget 15k 2011 Niner SIR 9 Or Specialized Crave SL 2015 brand new Or Build own with China carbon frame and fork from scratch? Or Suggestions... What do you think?
  22. If you only knew what was in wait for you. The saddle was an old, used Selle Italia Shiver in Troy Lee Designs colours that belonged to my riding buddy. It's been on 3 builds before this one and has seen it's fair share of action. The brothers at www.velobrien.com took it into their care and set about recovering it and in doing so restoring it to it's former glory - only better. They also gave a set of Momsen lock-on grips I had the full leather treatment. The stitching (by hand) and finishing touches on the saddle and grips are of the highest quality and gives it a premium look and feel. Final BuildFrame: Momsen STR29 with custom spray job by fellow Hubber, BogusOne Crank: SRAM X5 33T Wheels: American Classic Tubeless 29 Tires: Momsen Mount Graham 2.20 120tpi Tubeless Handlebar: Momsen Design Up / Down Carbon Stem: Momsen Design Downer Saddle: Selle Italia Shiver re-covered by velobrien.com Grips: Momsen Design Lock-On grips re-covered by velobrien.com Brakes: Avid Elixer 7 Trail with 160mm rotors Single Speed Conversion: Gusset Double Six Chain: SRAM 9spd Fork: Rapide Pitchfork Weight: 10.07kg Finally built and looking pretty in all its glory I would still like to replace the presta valves with black ones, either change the wheels to something with a flat black rim or remove the decals from these. I also want to change the crank bolts with black ones, remove the decals from the seat post, swap the headset for a less ridiculous looking one, replace the top cap and add the wooden pedals that have been in the works for some time now. Front brake hose also needs a trim. It may be built, but still a little way from completely finished. A bit of carbon fibre in the cockpit to match the fork, and a touch of old-school class with leather grips. First ride on it was a hoot. No other way to describe it. No gears and no suspension takes some getting used to, but once you've covered a couple of km's and realise it's just you and the bike, and there's little that can compare to just being out on a bike. Riding a new bike and realising that you don't need to do any additional set up or suspension tweaks is a special feeling. It will be some time before I'm able to pedal a single speed bike to the top of anything, but the journey there will at least be heaps of fun. All in all I am very happy with how it's come out. It's been the most fun I've had with a build and definitely worth the extra effort. Big thanks to BogusOne and the brothers from velobrien.com. Working with them was not only effortless, but also inspiring as they added their own creative touches to the project. It's always nice to work with creatives who can take your idea or suggestion to the next level. Check out the previous installations: The idea, The build kit, The frame part 1, The frame part 2.
  23. What feels like an eternity is finally coming to a close: My Momsen STR29 Single speed is ready to ride in all it's Gulf Oil racing colors glory. Looking back at all the installments and browsing through the pictures I've taken along the way it's hard to believe where it all started and where we are now. Click here to view the article
  24. hi what do you guys recon i should use on my single speed road bike ? 42x16 or 42x17 ? http://2share.co.za/Files/42x16.JPG http://2share.co.za/Files/42x17.JPG and this is the bike i will be doing it on http://2share.co.za/Files/bb97f4be-e819-46ac-9af5-0a5cf47152ba20140815_165121.jpg
  25. Looking for partners to ride the 2014 94.7 on any Single Speed with me. Although it might seem crazy - I know that it can be done. I have set it as a personal challenge, though if the opportunity presents itself, it can be turned into a charity event. Anybody interested? I am aiming to ride my daily commuter road SS.
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