How to Make a Fixie Conversion Bike

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Fixie Conversion from an old bike. Focusing more on the frame restoration than the mechanical job.

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Donor Bike

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Sanded down to remove rust.

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Not pretty...

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New Eighthinch Bottom Bracket will go here...

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More Rust... More sanding...

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Black Primer. "Rust Converter" Formula.

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FLAT Black Paint. The reason for picking Flat Black is because it hides imperfections very well and it can be re-touched in the future and it blends in so well that you can't see it.

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The Frame -- painted a Manly "Stealth Black". (Flat Black). I painted the Fork and Stem's hardware because it was pretty rusted but still usable. I cleaned and re-greased the bearings.

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I really dig the Stealth Black! :)

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I used sturdy Coat Hangers to hang the bike for painting.

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Almost finished. At this point, still waiting for the Seat Post and Handlebar Gel Tape I ordered. I think I'm going to strip the paint from the Pedals to make them match the aluminum crank and rims.

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The Bullhorn Handlebar is the Chopped Dropdown that came with the Bike.

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I put Two layers of Gel Tape on the handlebar to make it more comfortable since I don't like wearing gloves. The Bullhorn is shorter than the original so one pack was enough for the double layer.

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Finished! That's a Zimbale Leather Saddle. At around $80, it's a fraction of the price of a Brooks Swallow - $400 - ouch! If you haven't ridden a Leather Saddle, read up on it at

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I like the contrast between the Black and the Aluminum. :)

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I installed a new Mountain Bike handlebar. I really like these grips because they have screws that keep them in place. For me, these are much more comfortable than the bullhorn...

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Yes, I have front and rear brakes because I have bad knees that can't take the pounding of skid stops... :/ I stripped the black paint off the pedals, which was way too much work!

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The saddle was originally Black, but it was showing it's age...

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I dyed it using Black Acrylic Paint from Walmart's hobby section. I mixed 1:1 with water. The paint was too thick straight from the bottle. It came out pretty good and hasn't peeled or faded.

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Beach Ride

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Parting shot :)

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