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Fixing up an old steel frame bike
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I had this old steel framed bike for over 20 years. It is a standard steel frame, it was originally bought as a 10 speed mountain bike. Its true value is in the memories of riding it through high school, university, my first job and going for rides when I was dating my wife. I passed it on to my younger brother when I was leaving to go away with my family to work away from home. He did not take very good care of it. I was sorting out some stuff at my parents home recently and came across my faithful frame.
I would like to rebuild it. I can handle myself with the repairs, and I basically have enough tools to fix it up.
Where I need advice it where to get decent alloy parts at reasonable prices online. and what are good parts to buy. it has treaded head set and bottom bracket. I would like to set it up as a single speed bike. very simple maybe a bullhorn handle bar I will have to sand and spray the frame, because it has quite a bit of rust.
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#2
I suggest reading the tech articles on this site and than on Sheldons site. they also sell parts and have great info re single speed conversions. Takes a bit of looking. Good Luck.

http://sheldonbrown.com/home.html

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/parts.html

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/wheels1.html#singlespeed

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/singlespeed.html

I am not sure just what you have a complete bicycle or just the frame?

If its complete first clean it up than clean and grease all bearings, wheels, head, bottom bracket. Best to replace bearings, usually 3/16 and 1/4", get them from local bicycle store. Marine grade waterproof grease is preferred

http://bikepartsusa.com/?gclid=CP639aTjppoCFRKLxwodP1Ve1w


http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/TopCategories_10053_10052_-1?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=bike%20nashbar%20com&utm_content=Nashbar&utm_campaign=G_Nashbar_Official_Site&cm_mmc=Google%20CPC-_-G_Nashbar_Official_Site-_-Nashbar-_-bike%20nashbar%20com&gclid=CPiU-92q17UCFYFxQgodQDEAmw
Never Give Up!!!
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#3
I also use http://www.Nashbar.com
Have fun and just enjoy the ride
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#4
most of my parts come from Amazon and Niagara (thru Amazon)
Nigel
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#5
GeorgeET,

Thanks for the information it really shed some light on my task ahead. I have the bike frame and fork only. So I am practically starting from scratch, but assembling is not a challenge. My concerns are for example the parts required for the conversion and what I need to consider when building. The chain alignment was something was over looking. The links you suggested were helpful.
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