Building my new bicycle

Singlespeed Fausto Coppi City Racer

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.

Johan's bicycle

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.

Component Price Shipping Supplier
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.