I’m happy to report that, after two years of labor and love, my custom fixie bike project has come to an end! The project began with a late-1990s aluminum Trek 1000. The bike was gifted to me by a friend when we moved to Ann Arbor in 2003. It served its purpose well; a bike to ride around town. However, a couple of summers ago we decided to get a bit more serious about cycling. So, we bought some fancy new road bikes (mine is a 2008 Lemond Versailles).
After splurging hard-earned cash on new bikes, I thought it would be wise to keep the Trek for basic commuting around town (e.g. steal this bike, not that one). However, once a few friends planted the seed in my head, the idea to convert the old Trek into a fixie was born. Now, like most ideas/projects, I can easily turn a mole hill into a mountain. What began as a simple project (maybe add a rear flip-flop hub) became a massive undertaking. In the end, the bike is a complete rebuild. The only original parts are the frame and fork, and these have been modified and powder-coated a new color.
It’s taken two years to complete this project. This bike ended up costing almost as much as my fancy road bike. Yes, I did sell the majority of my woodshop to pay off the bills on this endeavor. However, today I’m ear-to-ear smiles. Check it out! Oh, big love to the fellas at Wheels in Motion for all their help! If you live in Ann Arbor, visit this bike job.
- Brooks B-17 Saddle (Black)
- Sugino Single Speed 165mm 48T Track Crankset – 130mm
- Nitto 1″ Technomic Riser Stem 26.0
- Nitto Randonneur Drop Bar
- ENO Eccentric Hub 126mm 36H
- (2) Sun CR-18 700cc 36H Rims
- DT Competition 2.0/1.8 Spokes
- Surly SS T/Cog Lockring 1.29 x 24
- (2) Bontrager RC AW HC 700X28c Tire
- SRAM PC-1 1/8 Chain SIL
- (2) Bontrager 700X28-32 PV 36mm tire tube
- Shimano BB-UN54 Bottom Bracket
- Shimano PD-M324 Clipless/Clip Pedals
- Surly Front Hub 36H
- Shimano BL-R400 Road Drop Brake Levers Set (Black)
- Shimano Tiagra BR-4500 Brake Caliper
- Brooks Leather Handlebar Tape
I plan on adding a freewheel to the flip-flop hub. Additionally, I’ve got my eyes on this rear mount rack from Portland Design Works. Also, this tool bag and roll-up pannier, both from Brooks, are on my wish list too!