Here's something I prepared earlier...
Rather than re-invent the fixed wheel - Sheldon Brown has done it for you.
and the basics are covered here - but I'll just say once again that a cheap bike is not a good bike.
Numerous references to LOCKTITE remedies contained within. That should say it all.
'Just use a hammer if you dont have a spanner...' etc
Lot's of these cheap conversions feature the chainring seated on the INNER side to get correct chainline. This image forces bile straight into my throat.
Work out the correct BB required - or as the Lord would say 'Don't be a tight wad'. Get a Phil Wood Bottom Bracket!
Not only will it last a lifetime as you can replace bearings easily, it offers infinite chainline adjustment.
Ironically, in the how to build a CHEAP conversion manual, the only item they suggest you do not skimp on is the TRACK COG.
Add CHAINRING and CHAIN to that list - It will be the difference between buttery silent drivetrain, and a hip hop routine.
Naturally, BREV FYX are the best you can get and I'll be shocked if Scooter ever wears his out.
To date, only DB has managed to FA1L one - boxed in playing bike polo and having a chainring bolt SNAP!
I did a similar thing in an alleycat in London and folded my chainring at the time in half.
Your can get your BREV FYX here - just email onlinefyx(at)gmail.com to order.
In regards to chain tension, I've never heard 'saggy' used as a positive descriptor. You can say the same for your chain.
I've skipped the build process and present the finished meal.
I like it a lot.
Immediately comfortable, and any tighter than there'd be no room for fenders.
Twin brakes - because one brake leaves you with one saggy lever.
Running 39:14 and 16.
That's 65" / 75". A gear for when you are running late to work - a gear for the insane conditions Melburn has been dishing out.
For some controversy I went against the aesthetic rule of thumb and chose RED vinyl tape (love from shifterbikes) and a BLACK saddle.
Can you believe it?
3000 people are riding to celebrate my TWO year anniversary.
Hard to believe it happened at all.
I love my helmet.
Whether it's the law or not, it's just a good choice to make if you love to ride.
Next post - the inbetween.