Hi, Paul here from Bicton, Western Australia. Apologies for the
large image - I hope you can scale it back ;-)
(ed. note - Hey! No problem!)
Lovin' the pics on your site! I was looking for a "pure" road bike
- the kind of bike I rode as a kid - no frills, lots of spills back
then. I got talking to people that know, they told me about Fixies
and Single Speeds - I'd not heard of the worldwide scene around
these types of bikes. It was a mission of mine to create my own.
Here's what I found in a garage sale last year. Hand built Cannondale
frame dated 27 August 1988. The "Black Lightning" series.
paid $20 (AUS) for it and decided to get it road worthy. Replaced
tires / brakes / pedals that were missing. Changed the bars to a
flaty. The gears worked for a while but I wasn't really digging
the stem shifters when they started to slip alot - so here is why
it went single speed.
of cheap bits chucked on, the front wheel is larger than the rear
- that's the way it came. I couldn't afford a flip flop hub, so
that's why it looks as it does. 52 upfront 18 rear, I think? The
only luxury so far has been the Brooks B-17 seat.
paint work is chipped in places, one day I may give it a new coat
with decals. It goes really well, gives me fuzzy hands over the
bumps with its steel forks but is a fast ride. Has reignited my
passion for cycling. I use it for fitness and getting around town.
I ride early in the morning as the sun rises.
chicken stays at home...
to all cyclists whatever your ride!