Hello and help with a bike build!

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Vinnems
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by Vinnems

Hi guys. Found this site while googling some info to make a light wheelset. Good to be here! Was hoping I could get some help on a single gear build I'm doing. I know I'm not going to get the lightest bike, but I'm trying to get as light as I can while still maintaining the look, which I don't want to sacrifice. It's going to have old school charm. The frame is lugged steel that I will do a custom paint job on (I restore cars). But for the components, no carbon, just aluminum or similar. It will be used exclusively on the roads, no track. 1 inch threaded fork.
So, any help filling in the holes, or suggestions for other parts? Would prefer to buy new stuff, but I will be scouring Ebay for NOS stuff at good prices. Don't want to spend more than $1500, so there's still plenty of room to play with. Cheers!
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by Juanmoretime

:welcome: Welcome to Weight Weenies!

I would have assumed you looked at this thread.

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=72402

Of you look at the last posting in the above thread I posted my new toy. Gearing is subject to you. If going fixed gear verses a single speed I would suggest 165mm cranks since you have to pedal on turns and less of a chance of pedal strike. Since I train and use mine as a townie commuter bike I use mtb pedals since the shoes are very good for waking when not on the bike.

So ask away and please post pictures of your project!

Juan
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Vinnems
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by Vinnems

Hi Juan, thanks for the welcome. And nice bike!
Pedals are one of the things I'm actually wondering about for this build. I'm coming from a road background (since getting laid off, I'll ride 50 to 100 miles a day because it's fun) and love clipless, but I wonder, for the aesthetic effect of this bike, if I should get more traditional pedals with leather straps, or cheat there and switch over my SPDs. And I also am of a dilemna now for the fork. I was going to use my 1 inch threaded from my old Peugeot, but upon inspection, it's bent. So I wonder if I go with the threadless fork in comes with or buy a threaded fork. Threadless kind of kills the look, but would save me money.
Frame is on the way, I'll definitely keep you guys updated on the build and weight as I go.

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by Juanmoretime

The good thing is pedals can be easily changed so swapping around depending what you are doing that ride.

While I'm a bit biased I think I would watch Ebay and the fork and a good price on a threaded steel fork will eventually pop up. Or post an ad in the wanted section since you never know what the members on here might have in a dark and dusty corner of the garage.
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