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Old 02-05-2006, 04:50 PM   #1
Bob Pratt
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OK i got an old TREK lugged steel frame with horozontal dropouts, ($15 bucks) took off the derailers & brakes. The handlebar tape was glued on & is a mess! ideas for using a solvent?

The chainring is 52 teeth, the smaller ring was attached to the larger one (Sakae apex) should i replace the 52 teeth with say 42 or just use a bigger rear cog?

The tires are old & brittle & i will replace them; i'll be riding mostly on pavement but will also be on trails any tire suggestions? The wheels are 27''with quick release. The guy at the shop wants me to by new wheels with a fixed & freewheel flip/floped? and bolts what do you think?

There are no braze-ons for the break cable & the clips are rusted badly. should i just go with a front break ?

The peddles are road peddles and i'll most likely be needing bigger ones to go off road, (i got big feet) should i go clipless? platform? what about toe-clips & straps (how do you tighten them on a fixie?)

Well that's all i have for now but i'm sure i'll have more as i get further into it...i plan to use the bike as a commuter and for exercise just bombing around.
thanks!!

ratt
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:27 PM   #2
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:04 AM   #3
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Sorry, I can only help you with your first question. The cheapest solution I know for removing adhesive gook is lighter fluid. Just apply liberally and scrub off with something disposable. If you can use rubber gloves, it will prevent the lighter fluid from drying out your hands.

I wish I could help out more. Good luck with your project.
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Old 02-06-2006, 12:49 PM   #4
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http://sheldonbrown.com/fixed/index.html

http://63xc.com/

shoudl have all the answers you need in the above links
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