Great site. Here is a shot of my '02-'03 winter project/ Sunday ride. I tried to build it up to look like a 1930's- 40's fixed road racer. Everything is salvage EXCEPT the Brooks honey saddle, toe straps, rear cog (Surly 19), spokes and tires of course. Frame is a 1980's lugged Shogun with all the braze-ons, cable guides and fender eyes removed and smoothed for a sleek retro look. I also filled the brake bolt holes in the fork and seat stay bridge (who needs brakes on a fixed gear?). I finished the frame with auto paint, multi-colored electrical tape and some logos I stole off the internet. Alloy track bars with amber shellacked wrappings and an old style bottle/cage off the front. Matched Mallard hubset which I built onto some old, but round 27" Araya aluminum rims. I gave the rims a faux wood finish, which has held up remarkably well after about 500 miles this season (yes, if you haven't figured it out by now, I AM insane). Wheels held on by a nice set of Simplex wingnuts. Sugino 52 road chainring and cranks converted for fixed with 19 in the rear gives me automatic interval training at the slightest uphill. Chain came off last weekend while I was nearing an intersection. I was able to loosen my toe straps and stop by squeezing the front tire with my gloved hand, all without getting killed. Proper chain tension IS crucial. Hope you enjoy looking at this ½ as much as I enjoy riding it.
Thanx! Scott Naismyth - Naismyth@optonline.net