After having spent a few months gathering parts I have now fully assembled my new bike. After my last single speed Specialized bike was stolen I needed a new ride and since I really enjoyed riding single speed I set out to build a flip-flop single speed/fixed bike based on an old italian steel road frame. I wanted something simple, yet fast in the flat urban environment of Copenhagen. Here it is.
The most essential parts are from Matuzmaster a retailer in Budapest selling mainly vintage NOS components, the rest is mainly from VeloSolo an English shop specializing in single speed and fixed gear. The wheels and chain are from highonbikes, the brake levers from eBay user angpatten357 and the saddle, tires and improved brake shoes for the front brake caliper from the Danish retailer Bikebuster.
I had my local bike mechanic PH cykler install the bottom bracket and headset since I didn't have the tools, but the rest I assembled myself.
Here is rundown of the components, where I bought them and for how much.
|Fausto Coppi italian steel road frame with seat post and fork, NOS||kr 1,315.99||kr 329.00||geoff9939 (Matuzmaster) eBay auction|
|Kore Gradient II Wheel Set||kr 1,333.33||kr 177.39||Higonbikes eBay|
|KMC 1/8" Chain||kr 97.37||Higonbikes eBay|
|Campagnolo Nuovo-Triomphe 170mm, 46t crank set, NOS||kr 833.15||kr 111.58||Matuzmaster|
|Campagnolo Veloce, 111mm, Italian, bottom bracket, NOS||kr 223.16||Matuzmaster|
|3ttt, 120mm, quill stem||kr 260.35||Matuzmaster|
|Miche, 1" threaded head set||kr 238.04||Matuzmaster|
|SR Sakae 25.4 dropbar||kr 224.98||kr 218.00||VeloSolo|
|MKS Sylvan Track Pedals||kr 206.78||VeloSolo|
|Tektro 510A Brake Caliper set||kr 198.00||VeloSolo|
|Shimano DX Screw-on SS Freewheel 16t||kr 179.75||VeloSolo|
|VeloSolo 7075-T6 1/8" Track Cog blue 16t||kr 126.00||VeloSolo|
|Cinelli Standard Bar Tape black||kr 90.00||VeloSolo|
|CNC Threaded Cog Spacer Kit (5 spacers)||kr 71.63||VeloSolo|
|Continental Race Inner Tubes||kr 71.60||VeloSolo|
|Dia Compe BRS Black Brake Cable||kr 49.56||VeloSolo|
|Dia Compe Brake levers||kr 106.61||kr 26.59||angpatten357 eBay|
|Selle Italia C2 FEC alloy saddle||kr 209.00||Bikebuster|
|Continental Grand Prix 4000S Tires||kr 449.00||Bikebuster|
|Kool Stop brake shoes||kr 149.00||Bikebuster|
|Headset and bottom bracket installation||kr 160.00||PH Cykler|
In the end the total price of components came to kr 6,593.31 and shipping to kr 862.56 leaving the bike with final pricetag of kr 7,455.86. It is not a major bargain considering the hours put into purchasing components and putting it together. However I would not have been able to buy one like it anywhere and the feeling of riding a bike you just put together yourself is priceless.