Ryan's Raleigh Fixie
It all started when...
Ryan came to Velow Bikeworks to see if we could give a new lease of life to his Raleigh fixed/track bike. A solid workhorse, it had finally given up the ghost when the lockring came loose and the sprocket stripped the hub thread.
Fixed wheel bikes require very little maintenance but this one had been run into the ground. Although the frame was still in perfectly good condition, many of the components were at the end of their usable life.
My first task was to strip the bike and inspect the frame and all the components to see which of them could be salvaged or reused. The answer was: very few. Only the headset (after a clean and service) and stem (with new bolts) would appear on his 'new' bike. The frame was in good order with no dents or bends.
Ryan and I chatted about what sort of look he wanted and came up with a brief for a stealthy/monochrome fixie. He wanted a black frame with all-new silver and black components.
The fully stripped frame was professionally powdercoated by Kris at Henderson's in Piershill. While this was being done I sourced the necessary components including a brand new Sturmey Archer 48/18 drivetrain and a new set of Tektro levers/callipers for increased stopping power.
The bike was then fully assembled and given a test ride to ensure it was running as smoothly as it looked.