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I've been riding singlespeed mountain bikes for the past 4 years, and I love it - I do not own a geared mountain bike. I got to thinking this spring... why wouldn't I enjoy road riding with one gear? I've been on a geared roadie for quite some time, and the challenge is gone. After checking out this site over the course of a few weeks, looking at some builds, reading some tips, catching up on sheldonbrown.com... I decided to bite the bullet and build up a road fixie. I like the feel of aluminum, and the idea of quick-handling track geometry was enticing, so I found a smokin' deal on a hardly (if ever) used full aluminum Colnago Dream pista frame and fork. I had intended on starting with something not-so-fancy, but being a sucker for shiny bikes doesn't help, and of course I thought I needed parts to match.

Moving along - I have 50 miles on it in two rides, and all I can say is "wow". This fixed gear thing is fun! The feel of it was a little awkward for the first few miles. I had to remember not to *coast*... which I realized I must do quite often. Anyhow, being directly connected to the wheel is an incredible feeling - instant acceleration! Now I just need to warm up for 175 miles in two days by June 2nd - and across-state tour come July. I'm hoping I'll be able to enjoy it even over long distances.

The build is as follows:

Colnago Dream pista frame
Colnago Street fork
Phil Wood hubs w/DT DB spokes and Ambrosio Balance rims
Chris King headset
Thomson Elite post
Thomson X4 stem
ITM Mantis wing bars (44cm)
Selle Italia SLR saddle
Dura Ace crankset and BB
TA Specialites 44t ring
Milwaukee Bicycle Co. 16t cog
Whipperman chain
Shimano 600 aero levers
Shimano 105 brake
Michelin Pro Race tires
LEggbeaters

Enjoy!
 

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I bid on that frame!
 

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He better ride that thing a lot. I sure would have.
 

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FatTireFred said:
front skewer... get something blingy... that plastic nut is cheap looking
I will down the road. I ran out of funding, so I used what I had laying around. I already had the post, saddle, stem, levers, pedals and BB as well, so it all worked out a little bit. It's hard to keep up on multiple hobbies sometimes. =)
 

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warmseth said:
so fess up, and be straight with us here, what did it cost you total? envious minds want to know. :)
It all comes to just under $1500, including the price of the parts I already had before I bought the bike. Not too out-of-this-world considering I've seen custom frames alone go for far more. =)

For FatTireFred, I had to stop spending because I needed to finish my SS MTB that I'll be racing on this summer, along with keeping up with my other hobby. The car in the background of the pic with the new Salsa SS. I've also included pics of a few of my other ridden/collected bikes, although they're all mountain bikes save for the Klein Q Pro.

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Nice pista and nice MTB's

Very sharp look ride you got there. I take it the fork came drilled? I'd dump the QR on the front and put back the Phil allen cap nuts. You gotta carry the hex wrench anyway for the rear so why bother with the front QR. Nice brace of MTB's as well.

Just out of curiousity, what sort of camera. Nice pics, good color saturation, balance and excellent macro work.
 

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boneman said:
Very sharp look ride you got there. I take it the fork came drilled? I'd dump the QR on the front and put back the Phil allen cap nuts. You gotta carry the hex wrench anyway for the rear so why bother with the front QR. Nice brace of MTB's as well.

Just out of curiousity, what sort of camera. Nice pics, good color saturation, balance and excellent macro work.
Regarding the quick release, I bought the wheelset used (but never ridden, used) for a good price, and the builder actually used a standard QR front Phil hub, so that's what I'm stuck with for now, unless I find I can swap out the axles down the road or something. =)

As for the camera, it's a Canon XTi (10.1mp DSLR) with the stock lens. I had to drop the file size/quality about 60% on most of them to get them to post at that size, so they are significantly better looking pre-uploading. I shot the first 4 using and HDR process, although it's hard to tell because of the lack of picture depth. Here's a picture I shot a few days ago near my house, using the same process - apparently I need a visor to prevent the lens flare you see. Still a little new to this. Thanks for the input! =)
 
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